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About the Event

What kind of progress have women made over the last quarter-century and where are the gaps? One billion girls and women around the world still lack the education and skills they need to participate in a rapidly changing labor market; forty million girls in Africa are married before their fifteenth birthday; four out of five victims of human trafficking are girls; women’s economic participation rates globally are on the decline.

The data shows that current barriers to women’s education and employment are likely to be exacerbated by climate change, new technologies, and other shifts in the global economy. In terms of the future of work, there is the potential to leave even more women and girls behind without actively working to close access, skill, and technology gaps.

Karen Sherman, the President of Akilah Institute, the only all-female educational establishment in Rwanda dedicated to the empowerment of Rwanda’s women, and the author of her new book, Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere, has worked with thousands of women on nearly every continent and has learned that education and income are the two things that make a fundamental difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere and that one without the other is insufficient. She will share her personal experience and professional expertise in this thoughtful conversation about affecting change for women in conflict-affected regions.

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About the Author

Karen Sherman is the President of Akilah University, the only women’s college in Rwanda, and has 30 years of experience working in women’s empowerment around the world.