“The need to touch lives and improve the living condition of women and girls in disadvantaged communities inspires me every day,” said Chukwudera Bridget Okeke, Board Member of Concern Women International Development Initiative.
Bridget, a Women Deliver Young Leader and “Stories of Advocacy” grant recipient, shares her inspiring story of innovation and the enabling power of technology as part of the She Innovates Global Launch today, which is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day. Bridget’s story is one of more than a hundred showcased on the She Innovates Global Program platform.
The She Innovates Global Program, created by UN Women and the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), helps female innovators and entrepreneurs defy gender barriers and turn their women-centered solutions into reality. I’m proud to represent HP as a member of the GICC, alongside my colleague, Michele Malejki.
At the She Innovates Global Program Launch event today in New York, I have the honor of discussing “How to champion girls through innovation and technology,” with Wade Davis, former NFL player, diversity and inclusion consultant, and UN Women Champion for Innovation, and Melissa Kilby, co-director for Girl Up, a UN Foundation organization. The event, which kicks off at 2 p.m. ET, will be livestreamed here.
Also today, Girl Rising, Citi and The International Rescue Committee, in collaboration with HP and Amplifier, released a new film and awareness campaign, Brave Girl Rising. The 20-minute film, written by a refugee, performed by a cast of refugees, and made in collaboration with refugees, is about how hope, love, and friendship can propel us beyond even the bleakest of circumstances. The film debuts at screenings across the country including in Austin, Seattle, Palo Alto, Los Angeles and New York, as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.
In honor of International Women’s Day and the launch of the She Innovates Global Program and Brave Girl Rising campaign, I want to introduce you to five phenomenal and inspiring women innovators who are changing the world for good.