Women in the World Summit is taking place in New York City on April 4th and 5th. The impressive lineup of speakers and performers includes Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Oprah Winfrey, and many more inspiring women and men from around the world. Topics range from fighting the scourge of human trafficking to inspiring girls to become world leaders to celebrating female pioneers in the tech sector. Tom Hanks is presenting a tribute to Nora Ephron.Dedicated to spurring global change through sharing stories of courage, survival, and triumph, this year's
Yahoo! Shine is livestreaming video from the conference on our special Women in the World events page and also presenting highlights.
The Women in the World Summit was launched by Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, in 2010 and is sponsored by The Daily Beast and Newsweek. "Pushing up against the glass ceiling is a luxury," Brown said in her opening speech on Thursday. "Try being a woman in Congo or Pakistan or Somalia....Our mission is not just to 'lean in' but to lean on corporations, prosecutors, pimps...brothers who murder their sisters, clerics who turn a blind eye, entire governments..." and all those try to shut down women's empowerment around the world.
2013 highlights include:
- Michaela DePrince, of the Dance Theater of Harlem, performing a ballet inspired by her childhood as an orphan in war torn Sierra Leone.
- A tribute to one of the year's most courageous and inspiring young women, Malala Yousafzai, by actress, filmmaker, and human rights activist Angelina Jolie.
- Eyewitness accounts of the atrocities in Syria moderated by Barbara Walters.
- A keynote speech by Hillary Clinton followed by a panel on the upcoming women innovators in tech moderated by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
- A discussion with Ambassador Susan E. Rice on how 21st century threats are changing the nature of diplomacy.
- Oprah Winfrey interviews one of her heroes, Dr. Tererai Trent, the Zimbabwean activist who is revolutionizing education for women and girls across Africa after being forbidden to attend school herself.
To view the complete agenda and schedule of events, please go to Women in the World.