03.13.10

Women in the World Video Highlights

Watch speeches, panels, and films from The Daily Beast's Women in the World conference, featuring Hillary Clinton, Thomas L. Friedman, Meryl Streep, Christine Lagarde, Cherie Blair, and more.

A Diva Takes the Stage

Day two of the summit ended on a high note—literally. Anna Netrebko, the world-renowned soprano, took a break from rehearsing at the Metropolitan Opera to entertain the crowd with this breathtaking performance.

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Lauren Bush Lauren Bags Hunger

Lauren Bush Lauren, co-founder of FEED Projects, has made it her mission to fight hunger and motivate the younger generation to find ways to give back. The model turned activist sits down with MSNBC's Alex Witt to discuss how she is feeding the world, one bag at a time.

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DVF Lends Her Voice

Following her welcome, Tina Brown introduced those whom she calls "eight of the great," her vibrant co-hosts for the weekend. Each of the hosts took to the stage one by one to give voice to a brave woman who was unable to attend the summit. Here, Diane Von Furstenberg lends her voice to a woman from Afghanistan.

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Walters on China's Women

In a lively, wide-ranging debate, Barbara Walters introduced us a panel of highly successful women from China.  In this clip, Tian X. Hou shares how she turned an interest in the stock market into her own profitable business.

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Day 2

Marietou Diarra Talks About "The Tradition"

Marietou Diarra, a Senegalese woman, spoke on a panel moderated by Diane Sawyer about what her society calls "the tradition." She spoke in her native language of Wolof, translated by human rights activist Molly Melching. After a string of tragedies, Diarra's family and in-laws banded together to reject the procedure; her entire village followed suit. She eventually helped to convince over 40 neighboring villages to abandon genital cutting.

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Anchee Min Sings Chinese Opera "Celebration"

After a moving panel discussion, Anchee brought down the house with a short performance of traditional Chinese opera.

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Anchee Min Admits Fears About Having a Daughter

Anchee Min, a world-renowned novelist, was born in Shanghai. When she gave birth to her daughter, she admits she cried. "I wanted a boy," she says. "Who wants to be a girl in China?" This is a question that millions of women in China ask themselves: Because of the one-child policy, selective abortions have led to a situation where 120 boys are born for every 100 women in China.

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"The Lives of Girls"

On Saturday afternoon, Katie Couric moderated a panel about the issues and difficulties facing girls and young women across the globe. Participants included Queen Raina of Jordan, Kakenya Ntaiya of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, and Kathy Bushkin Calvin of the United Nations Foundation.

Thomas L. Friedman in Conversation with Christine Lagarde

A lunchtime chat, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and Christine Lagarde, the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, discussed economic innovation and the "happiness study" commissioned by President Sarkozy, which advocated the assessment of a country's well-being by measures other than GDP.

Changing The Equation: High Tech Answers

After lunch on Saturday, Cherie Blair, Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski and Ann Livermore of Hewlett-Packard talked about the liberating possibilities of technology.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, former slave Dao Tuyet Lien, and others participated in a panel discussing human trafficking, followed by an interview by Marie Brenner with the highest-ranking Indian female police officer ever, Kiran Bedi.

Women in the World Interview: Madeleine K. Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright spoke with Barbara Walters on Saturday, covering a range of topics, including the Iraq War, Twitter, and Fidel Castro.

Rape As a Weapon of War

In a harrowing panel discussion, Congolese human-rights activist Annie Rashidi-Mulumba said women in her country have suffered a "sexual massacre" and that the U.S. Embassy should pull out of the nation in order to pressure the government to stop the atrocities.

Guatemala: Soul of the Earth

Maria Pacheco of the Vital Voices Global Council told the audience about a Vital Voices-sponsored trip to Guatemala that she says could "change the course" of Guatemala.


Day 1

Marina Pisklakova-Parker Talks about Her Work

Marina Pisklakova-Parker, who was portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden in Vital Voices' play SEVEN, came on-stage after the performance to disucss her work on domestic violence issues, the value of persistence, and the challenges that still stand in the way of women's rights in Russia.

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Inez McCormack Talks with Meryl Streep

After watching herself being portrayed by Meryl Streep, Northern Irish civil rights leader Inez McCormack stood on stage with the actress and talked about the play SEVEN—and what it was like to see Streep in action. "She's better at me than I am," McCormack said.

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Farida Azizi Discusses Afghanistan

Farida Azizi, the Afghani activist, spoke briefly but emotionally on Friday night, thanking Secretary Clinton for her role in Azizi's survival and asking the U.S. not to abandon Afghanistan.

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Congresswoman Annabella De Leon after Vital Voices' SEVEN

Annabella De Leon, another woman whose story was portrayed in SEVEN, raised herself and her family out poverty by getting an education. She has been a congresswoman since 1995 has received death threats because of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor, particularly women and indigenous peoples.

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Hillary Clinton's Introduction of SEVEN

The secretary of State talked about giving voice to the voiceless during her speech at the Women in the World conference Friday, and as voices go, Meryl Streep's wasn't a bad way to start. Streep portrayed one of seven extraordinary real-life women whose stories are dramatized in the play SEVEN, about the struggle for women's rights around the world. The play is a product of the Vital Voices Global Partnership and was written in the wake of the 1995 women's conference in Beijing, when Clinton famously declared "women's rights are human rights, human rights are women's rights."

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Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues on "The Unfinished Beijing Agenda"

Former chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, Vital Voices co-chair and founder Melanne Verveer is internationally known for her dedication to women's issues. Her talk, given during Friday's dinner, covered a range of topics, including the continuing problem of violence against women throughout the world.

On the Brink: Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Short Film Presentation: Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women

Take a close look at Goldman Sachs' ambitious program to provide business and management education to 10,000 women worldwide in this short film, featuring interviews with people involved in the initiative—and with a few of the 10,000 women themselves.

Welcome with Tina Brown

The Daily Beast's co-founder and editor-in-chief, Tina Brown, kicked off the Women in the World conference on Friday by paying tribute to many of its participants and hailing what she called a "growing consensus that empowering women is the key to peace, prosperity, and progress."

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