Live Blog

03.10.12

Welcome to Day Three!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Burmese activists, young feminist bloggers and many more round out our final day.
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Tina Brown extends a warm welcome on day three of the summit.

The action-packed third day of the Women in the World summit features discussions ranging from the digital lives of teen girls to the battle to end violent traditions in Africa to how more women can rise to the upper echelons of world politics. Here’s a preview:

* NBC’s Andrea Mitchell kicks off the morning with a panel about women in leadership, moderating a conversation between former congresswoman Jane Harman, Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, Cameroon People’s Party President Kah Walla and more groundbreakers. Next, MSNBC’s Alex Witt will interview FEED Projects founder Lauren Bush Lauren about her mission to provide school meals to millions of children around the world.

* Later in the morning, ABC’s Cynthia McFadden with speak with California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Ford Foundation’s Maya Harris (two lawyers who happen to be sisters) about their tireless efforts to help women seek justice. And Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn will interview Tostan founder Molly Melching and other passionate activists about how to end female genital mutilation.

* Before lunch, we’ll shift gears to examine the challenges facing girls—and the innovative ways in which they’re harnessing technology. ABC’s Juju Chang will speak with Women in the World Foundation president Kim Azzarelli about the organization’s new interactive map, which helps track projects advancing women and girls around the world. Chelsea Clinton will lead a panel on how young women can use social media to advocate for the issues they care most about. We’ll also hear from Talia Leman, CEO and founder of RandomKid.org, a grassroots group that mentors children who want to give back.

* NPR’s Renee Montagne will then interview Asenath Andrews, founding principal of Detroit’s innovative Catherine Ferguson Academy, along with two graduates of the school for pregnant girls and teen mothers. And PiggyBankKids president Sarah Brown, Intel’s Shelly Esque and Dr. Ida Betty Odinga will discuss the importance—and challenges—of educating girls around the world.

* The afternoon also promises a thought-provoking discussion on Burma, mere weeks away from its potentially game-changing elections. Tina Brown will speak with Melanne Verveer, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and other tireless advocates about the future of Burmese women and girls.

* Finally, the summit will wrap up with a special performance by Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep—before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage to deliver the weekend’s closing address.

See the summit’s complete agenda.