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The luncheon, hosted by Rashida Jones, Melanie Cook, Nancy Jospehson, Musimbi Kanyoro, Marta Kauffman, Kelly Meyer and Katherine Ross, gave everyone the opportunity to hear from a handful of amazing women from around the world who are facilitating real change through their bold actions and courage.
Here are four of the women we heard from and a brief highlight of the incredible work they’re doing:
Malan al-Sharif is a columnist, blogger and women’s rights activist. In May 2011, she filmed herself driving in a car in Saudi Arabia, where women are prohibited from driving. Manal posted the video on YouTube, called on women to participate in a Women2Drive campaign and was arrested. After a groundswell of protest for nine days, she was released from jail. She has since broadened her campaign to focus on guardianship annulment, family protection as well as driving rights, with the title, “My rights, my dignity.”
Learn more: http://www.ted.com/speakers/manal_al_sharif
Khalida Brohi is the founder and executive director of Sughar Empowerment Society, a non-profit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated towards providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership skills in an environment of growth and development. “Sughar” means skilled and confident woman, and the organization offers a vast number of opportunities including resources to launch and sustain rural women businesses. Brohi’s goal is to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan in the next 10 years.
Learn more: http://sugharwomen.blogspot.com/
Tricia Compas-Markman is the founder and CEO of DayOne Response, Inc. She has a civil engineering background with six years experience in water treatment, working in countries such as Thailand, Nicaragua and Haiti. Her invention, the DayOne Waterbag, effectively cleans contaminated water quickly, and has been recognized by President Clinton. She is an Unreasonable Institute fellow, recipient of the Junior Chamber International Osaka Outstanding Young Person’s Award for social innovation and the Creativity Foundation legacy prize winner. Tricia is 29 years old.
Learn more: www.dayoneresponse.com.
Clare Byarugaba is a human rights defender and since 2012 has been working as co-coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. As a leader in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) movement in Uganda, she works to enforce the recognition of LGBTI rights as human rights and ensure that these rights are respected in a society rippled with large scale intolerance and state-sponsored homophobia. In 2011, Byarugaba, along with other members of the coalition were honored with the U.S. Department of State Human Rights Defenders Award for their work.
Learn more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-25471232