IWF Georgia International Women's Day 2021:
Monday, March 8, 2021, all times are EST:
Agenda features leading voices including The Carter Center CEO, Paige Alexander; author and former Spelman President, Beverly Tatum; Georgia Budget & Policy Institute President and CEO, Taifa Butler; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Chief of Staff-Communications, Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur; Michelle Nunn, Angela Coaxum-Young, and more, will examine the effect of 2020 on the status of women and girls globally, and right here in Georgia: the impact, long-term implications and innovative solutions.
Run of Show:
11:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. General Session - Virtual Plenary Sessions
2:05 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Small Facilitated Break-out Sessions
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PowerTalk Invitation-only Mentoring Session
11:30 am - 11:35 am
Introduction Agenda and Theme for the day: Featuring Mistress of Ceremonies: Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, Chief of Staff-Communciations, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
11:35 am - 11:45 am Opening Inspiration featuring poetry by Pearl Cleage
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Status of Women – Globally: Featuring Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA and moderated by Molly Burke with presentation. Live Q&A following.
12:05 pm - 12:20 pm
Status of Women – Georgia: Featuring Taifa Butler, President, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute. Presentation and Q&A.
12:20 pm - 12:25 pm
Transition to 1st Panel – Pre-recorded interviews: poignant snapshots of young girls and women of color and how they are trying to succeed, who they turn to for support, what their dreams are, and what they believe in.
12:25 pm - 1:10 pm
International Panel - The looming crisis regarding education and access to information for women and girls around the world. Where we stand and the implications for the future. Featuring Paige Alexander, CEO, Carter Center, Charito Kruvant the Founder and Chairperson of the Board for Creative Associates International, and Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX.
1:10 pm - 1:15 pm
Transition to 2nd Panel – Pre-recorded interviews: Black girls – arguably America’s most at-risk students in the country with tight interviews with U.S. girls.
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
USA Panel - The battle to ensure Black girls are not forgotten, and worse, demeaned in the US educational system. Featuring moderator/participant Dr. Beverly Tatum, former President, Spelman College; Angela Coaxum-Young, Principal at the historic Booker T. Washington High School; Dr. Bettina L. Love, award-winning author and Athletic Association Endowed Professor with the University of Georgia; and Erica Green the Washington Bureau correspondent for The New York Times. Additional panelists TBA.
USA Panel featuring:
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Closing Remarks: (Mistress of Ceremonies)
Break-out Group Discussions:
2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
Break-out discussion groups with facilitators
Power Talk Group Mentoring:
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
15 minute break / transition to agenda for new link to additional online experience
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Second segment: Group mentoring for those invited to participate
“Power Talk Group Mentoring Program” with mentees (invitation only) including local college students, emerging leaders from our sponsors, and community organization participants who will be joined by IWF member mentors. Mentors will share insights with mentees during this time via Zoom small break-out groups, and moderated by Natosha Reid Rice.
5:00 pm Event Close
IWF Georgia Member pricing is complimentary including 1 ticket for IWF member and an additional ticket for her guest.
*Guest ticket can be donated back to IWF Georgia to support a college student or early career woman to attend.
IWD 2021 Agenda and timeline details, click here.
IWD 2021 Sponsors & Contributors, click here.
IWD 2021 Speaker details click here.
IWD 2021 Leadership team, details, click here.
Monday, March 8, 2021
A Virtual Experience Hosted by Georgia-Pacific on Zoom
Jennifer Langley, IWF Georgia Forum Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-314-3941
“It is hard to unsee the devastating impact of the pandemic, especially on vulnerable communities around the world. Its effect on the economic, social and political wellbeing of women and girls is undeniable. It has placed a greater burden on women and girls, especially frontline workers and women of color, where we have seen time and again the many sacrifices they make during crises. Unless we are laser focused on uplifting women leadership at every level, we will be marginalizing another generation of women and diminishing our overall capacity for progress. Communities rise when women do.”
- Michelle Nunn
"At a time when Black women like Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams and Rosalind Brewer are making headlines for their leadership success, ironically Black girls are at greater risk in the U.S. educational system than ever before, with the fastest growing school suspension rates of all students and as the fastest growing group in the juvenile justice system. We have to ask why so many Black girls in the U.S. are being “pushed out, overpoliced, and underprotected” by the very institutions that should be helping them to grow and thrive. Our panel will consider these questions and discuss what we as leaders can do about it.”
- Beverly Tatum
The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all conti- nents. Closures of schools and other learn- ing spaces have impacted 94 per cent of the world’s student population, up to 99 per cent in low and lower-middle income countries.
The crisis is exacerbating pre-existing education disparities by reducing the opportunities for many of the most vulnerable children, youth, and adults – those living in poor or rural areas, girls, refugees, persons with disabilities and forcibly displaced persons – to continue their learning. Learning losses also threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress, not least in support of girls and young women’s educational access and retention.
- From United Nations policy brief August 2020
February 19, 2021 Article by Erica Green, The New York Times:
"A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions"
Click here for the article.
An education program is immersing underprivileged students in Ivy League classes, and the students’ success has raised questions about how elite university gatekeepers determine college prospects.
A few articles of interest to the IWD agenda:
"Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood" - Georgetown Law - click here.
"A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls" - The New York Times - click here.
“And they cared”: How to Create Better Safer Learning Environments for Girls of Color" - The Education Trust - click here.