Happy International Women’s Day! 

Today, we celebrate the social, economic, and political rights of women and girls worldwide. Remembering that more actions are still required to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. UN Women calls on a focus on Women in the Workplace.

The Global Connections for Women Foundation participates in Microsoft International Women’s Day Speaker Series.

About the Microsoft Skype “Women’s Day’ Lesson:

Lilian Ajayi-Ore, the Founder and Executive Director of the award-winnning not-for-profit organization, the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) was invited by Microsoft to speak on access to quality education on the Skype Classroom platform on International Women’s Day and throughout the Women’s History Month. 

Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life, for many the ability to be successful requires an unprecedented access to quality education. According to the report published by the “Let Girls Learn” initiative of Michelle Obama – 62 million girls worldwide are not in school.  This session is an opportunity to discuss progress and advances made in increasing the number of girls in school – and to inspire girls to stay in school, while pursuing careers in STEM. The session will also cover how educators can contribute to advancing the rights of girls to quality education, a pivotal part of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development Goal #4.” I personally believe as well that UN Global Goals are only going to be achieved, if we all make the conscious effort to participate,” — Lilian Ajayi-Ore, Founder and CEO of Global Connections for Women Foundation 


Resources for this Lesson

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Skype meets “Philanthropist of the Year” Lilian Ajayi-Ore.

The topic of Human Rights Status of Women and Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World is very close to Lilian’s heart and in April 2016, she was a guest speaker at the World Bank and IMF Annual Spring Meetings. Here Lilian was invited to create the panel and present on the subject of human rights and citizenship and the impact it has on women and girls. Skype has been an exceptional tool in running the Global Connections for Women Foundation. It enabled us to extend our global partnerships beyond domestic territories to a more global scale. GC4W co-sponsored 30 high school girls from rural parts of South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in a one week “STEM-IT-Forward Expo” in Johannesburg, South Africa—a program created by Taungana.


International Women’s Day Message from UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

In her message for International Women’s Day 2017, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for change in every part of society, from home to the workplace, if we are to benefit from the equal world envisioned in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. “We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science. We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.”—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.


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Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama Launch “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. But unfortunately, there are 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. Half of them are adolescents.” Let Girls Learn, will leverage existing international investments and efforts to ensure the global primary education of adolescent girls to complete their education.



UN Global Goals Goal 4: Quality Education

The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development – Goal #4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. “In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond,” Malala Yousafza.

Clinton Foundation: No Ceiling Project (Report).

The Clinton Foundation through “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project” released a Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality and progress made since 1995. Learn more about the progress made and where more attention is required.



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