Girls + Education – in celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl

October 13, 2012 // 9:00am4:00pm
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In Partnership with the Global Women's Leadership Intiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center and 10x10 Educate Girls Change the World Feature Film, the Yale Chapter of Circle of Women (CoW) will kick off its first major event: the first Circle of Women National Conference - Girls + Education - in celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl. Held at Yale University on October 13, the daylong program aims to reinvigorate and change the way participants think about women’s issues.

“This is not an ordinary conference,” says Hoffman, a co-director. “This day will challenge participants to re-think their approach to increasing and improving women’s education, to generate exciting new ways to connect the dots and to make a difference to those less fortunate.”

Girls + Education will bring together representatives from every CoW chapter (Harvard, Georgetown, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, and Holy Cross), Yale undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, as well as practitioners in the relevant fields of development, non-profit work, and women’s empowerment. Over 100 individuals are expected to participate in the conference, which will be headlined by several prominent speakers who are active in women’s issues.

Together, participants will work together to come up with new ways to approach old problems, harnessing their collective creativity to devise sustainable solutions to issues in women’s education.

“We hope to share the energy and ideas that drove this conference with all participants,” Freeman says. “Our goal is that participants will walk away with new perspectives on the issue, empowering them to make a difference in their own unique way.”

The conference will be an interactive and thoroughly educational experience, featuring 50 minute workshops with a Yale professor or practitioner delivering a 30 minute address, followed by 20 minutes of break-out dialogue led by student moderators. All conference events will take place in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, situated on Yale University’s Old Campus.

The GWLI team will lead a workshop on the power of mentoring and how to effectively use social media to advance a cause.

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About Circle of Women: Circle of Women ( is a 501c(3) organization that aims to mobilize students to provide access to education for girls without it. Circle of Women collaborates with communities eager to implement innovative, sustainable, and localized solutions to increase girls’ access to secondary schools. In doing so, the organization cultivates a new generation of global citizens by providing students at home with hands-on opportunities in organizational leadership, fundraising, and project management.

About 10x10 Educate Girls Change the World Feature Film: 10x10 (  is creating a new paradigm in social-issue filmmaking by bringing together production and advocacy right from the get-go. 10x10 partners with forward-thinking nonprofits, celebrities, policy leaders, corporations and concerned citizens like you to build a global movement to demand equal opportunity for girls.

About Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) - GWLI will serve as the secretariat to both the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) - a group of nearly 50 female current and former heads of state and government - located at the Wilson Center since 2011 and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), which moved to the Wilson Center from the State Department in June, 2012. The Initiative will promote networks among women leaders, mentoring and training of emerging women leaders, in support of the goal of 50% female public servants by 2050.

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