2013 Annual Breakfast for International Women’s Day

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2013 Annual Breakfast for International Women’s Day

February 28, 2013

About International Women’s Day, March 8

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s.  Today, thousands of events are held throughout the world annually on March 8 to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Learn more about IWD here.


2013 Event – Lessons Not Learned: A Crisis in Girls’ Education

Representative Nita M. Lowey

A packed house!

MSNBC’s Richard Lui & our panel

Today, there are more children in school than ever before in human history.  But while access to education is a great first step, there is a serious learning crisis that has come from putting increased numbers of children in school without improving the quality of schools and of education itself.

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2013, Women Thrive invited renowned speakers to explore how the U.S. Government, the United Nations, private sector actors, and the international development community can shape the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals on education so that we can end this global crisis.  Just like in previous years, our 5th annual International Women’s Day Breakfast – held on Thursday, February 28 – brought together leaders from around the world to explore the problems (and solutions!) facing women and girls today.

We were especially excited to have so many activists and individuals join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GlobalEdCrisis. 

Subhadra Belbase and Ritu Sharma


Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi


Senator Mary Landrieu


Speakers included:

  • Sakena Yacoobi: Founder, Afghan Institute of Learning, Afghanistan
  • Juhudi N. Mbwambo: Founder and Executive Director of Elimu Community Light (ECOLI), Tanzania
  • Richard Lui: News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News
  • Ritu Sharma: Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide
  • Subhadra Belbase, Senior Advisor of Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns, Plan International USA
  • M. Charito Kruvant: President & CEO, Creative Associates International
  • Salathiel Ntakirutimana: Founder and CEO, Youth Globe; Member of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group
  • And more…
Event Summary | Lessons Not Learned

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