Women and Girls in the Afghanistan Transition

Following the release of her report on the status of women in Afghanistan, Catherine Powell moderates a discussion with Open Society Foundations' Rachel Reid and the U.S. Department of Defense's David Sedney on the role the United States can play in extending the progress of Afghan in women in education, the economy, health care, and beyond.

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Savings: The Next Frontier in Financial Inclusion

Speakers: Mary Ellen Iskenderian and Steve Hollingworth
Presider: Isobel Coleman
CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman leads a conversation with Mary Ellen Iskenderian of Women's World Banking and Steve Hollingworth of Freedom from Hunger about how savings are blazing the next frontier in poverty eradication.

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Ending the Practice of Child Marriage

Speaker: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Rachel Vogelstein, CFR's fellow for women and foreign policy, and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, discuss ending the practice of child marriage at the American Academy of Religion 2013 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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Child Marriage and U.S. Foreign Policy

Speakers: Geeta Rao Gupta and Mary Robinson
Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Mary Robinson and Geeta Rao Gupta discuss the Council on Foreign Relations report, Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives. In the report, author Rachel B. Vogelstein argues that ending child marriage is not only a moral obligation, but a strategic imperative that will further U.S. foreign policy interests in development, stability, and the rule of law.

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Women, War, and Peace: Lessons from the Field

Speaker: Ryan Crocker
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Drawing on lessons learned from his distinguished diplomatic career, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker discusses women's integral role in peacemaking and peacekeeping, with a focus on Afghanistan.

This session is part of the What's New in Women, Peace, and Security: From Theory to Practice Workshop.

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Diversifying Global Supply Chains

Speakers: Astrid Pregel, Anabella Ruiz de Freeman, and Elizabeth Vazquez
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Astrid Pregel, Anabella Ruiz de Freeman, and Elizabeth Vazquez discuss the opportunities and challenges to integrating women-owned businesses into global supply chains.

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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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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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mDevelopment: Harnessing Mobile Technology for Global Economic Growth (Audio)

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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