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Concluding a five-day visit to Asia, Harvard president Drew Faust said that “the challenge is not only to educate females, but to create opportunities for their skills and talents to help build better and more prosperous societies, as well as improved women’s lives.”

Speaking to more than 500 students at Ewha Womans University , the world’s largest women’s university, which designated Faust only the second distinguished honorary Ewha fellow during a ceremony Friday, March 22, 2013, Faust said it was important to continue to make the case for educational opportunities for women at a time when they remain dramatically underrepresented in many areas, including business and government.

She pointed to the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report, which concluded that reducing the male-female employment gap in developed countries could lead to a GDP increase of as much as 9 percent in the United States and 13 percent in the eurozone.

Faust’s Speech Highlights

How we define success in the education of women, whether in the United States or South Korea or worldwide, remains an open and pressing question…

Dramatic gender gaps persist. No society, no nation, has fully freed us from the question: Why educate women?…

Every nation’s long-term competitiveness depends on how well it educates and brings into play its women and girls… The most valuable resource in the world is human talent. Unleashing that talent is one of society’s great challenges…

A growing body of analysis shows that for all kinds of reasons, any society that leaves out the wide talent pool of females is undermining its effectiveness… full text of President Drew Faust’s speech

 

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Gender in Crisis Countries

It is a well known fact that, while both men and women may suffer, the relatively disadvantaged situation of women and girls, their distinctive social obligations and responsibilities, and especially their exposure to gender based violence often means that they are disproportionately affected by conflict, violence, crime and disasters compared to men and may miss out on the benefits of recovery.

Women are often considered an easy target when there is a lack of security, and when the rule of law breaks down, and discriminatory practices may exacerbate a culture of impunity.

Women’s greater vulnerability to poverty may threaten their livelihoods to a greater extent than those of men. At the same time, women are often excluded from decision making in crisis prevention and recovery and are often absent from the negotiating table so their interests may be overlooked.

On March 8, 2013, the United Nations Development Programme published an up-to-date report on this challenge, one of the most urgent tasks for states and international organizations if we are to bring to an end the gender gap.

  • Seventy per cent of the world’s hungry people are women and more than 30 million girls are out of school. Disasters and conflict can exacerbate this imbalance;

  • Women have comprised only eight per cent of negotiating delegations in UN-mediated peace processes since 1992;

  • In 2010 and 2011, only 22 percent of peace agreements signed contained women’s peace and security provisions;

  • Women, boys and girls are 14 times more likely to die during a natural disaster than men; and

  • Sexual violence directed towards women and girls is often used as a deliberate tactic in conflict….

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Oprah introduced her favorite guest ever, Meryl Streep paid tribute to an Irish activist, Tom Hanks remembered the great Nora Ephron, Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi got a standing ovation—and Hillary Clinton gave a rousing call to arms for women everywhere. Relive all the moments from the fourth-annual Women in the World Summit. (Apr 11, 2013 9:15 am)
 

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