The General and the Heroine

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

In the wake of the Petraeus scandal, Julia E. Sweig says her heroine of the moment is Carrie Mathison, heroine of the TV show Homeland who works in a profession where mainly men write the rules of the game.

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Journey Through Transition: Women Leading Change in The Middle East and North Africa

Speakers: Marianne Nagui Hanna Ibrahim and Souad Slaoui
Presider: Isobel Coleman

CFR fellow Isobel Coleman speaks with two women leaders, Marianne Ibrahim from Egypt and Souad Slaoui from Morocco, as they discuss initiatives in their home countries to empower women and girls, improve inter-faith dialogues, and encourage positive policy changes that support human rights and international development.

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Define Who Is the Enemy

Author: Pir Zubair Shah
New York Times

Pir Zubair Shah says the attack on Malala, the Pakistani girl gunned down by the Taliban, proves the Taliban's resilience and shows the uphill task of fighting them without a firm plan in place.

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The Malalas You'll Never Meet

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that just as Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl who was gunned down by Taliban shooters, refused to silently abandon her right to education even at the risk of losing her life, courageous women and men fight daily against a worldview that considers girls' schools a call to action in their battle against modernity.

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Supporting Entrepreneurship: What Works in Developing Economies?

Speakers: Markus Goldstein and Agnes Quisumbing
Introductory Speaker: Mayra Buvinic
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Markus Goldstein from the World Bank and Agnes Quisumbing from the International Food Policy Research Institute reference years of research and field work in an exploration of what we know, and more importantly, what we don't know about what works for women's economic empowerment.

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White House Factsheet on Equal Futures Partnership

On September 24, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the Equal Futures Partnership of the United States, along with twelve other founding members (Australia, Benin, Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Jordan, the Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, and Tunisia; as well as the European Union). The program seeks to break down barriers to women's political and economic participation.

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Women, Aging, and Economic Growth

Author: Michael W. Hodin
Huffington Post

Michael W. Hodin argues that President Obama missed an opportunity at the G20 meeting to show the world how the lessons from America's women's movement can solve the world's growing economic woes.

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mDevelopment: Harnessing Mobile Technology for Global Economic Growth

Speakers: Ann Mei Chang, Alex Counts, and Scott Ratzan
Introductory Speaker: Cherie Blair
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Ann Mei Chang, Alex Counts, and Scott C. Ratzan discuss innovative ways mobile technology can be leveraged to foster economic growth, empower women, improve public health, and alleviate poverty.

The Women and Technology Roundtable Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of ExxonMobil.

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