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    21ST-CENTURY ACTIVISM

    What the Next Generation Can Do

    Jessica Grose reports on how young women and girls are using education and technology to create change.

    Humaira Bachal was just a teenager when she looked around her impoverished Karachi neighborhood at the children roaming the barren streets, and realized that she and her sister were the only ones who were going to school. Bachal’s mother was making sure her daughters got an education, against her father’s wishes. When her father discovered she was going to take a high school entrance exam, he beat her mother. He also beat her. She took the exam anyway. And then, determined to improve the shameful number of girls completing a primary education in Pakistan—only 59 percentBachal she started teaching a handful of local children in her home.

    A decade later, Bachal was sitting on stage in an ornate theater at Lincoln Center in New York, talking about the 1,200-student school she runs in a gang-ridden part of Karachi through the Dream Foundation Trust, which she created and runs. Bachal “doesn’t take any nonsense. And the [local] men respect that,” says documentarian Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (CEO, SOC Films), who made a movie featuring the Pakistani activist and who was also on stage for the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Along with her fellow Pakistani panelist Khalida Brohi (founder and director, Sughar Women’s Program) and of course Malala Yousafzai, all of whom began their education activism as teenagers, Bachal represented a major thread woven through the 2013 summit: the promise of the rising generation of young women activists, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

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    Summit Stories

    It's Your Turn!

    Share your favorite stories from the 2013 Women in the World Summit.

    Our 2013 Women in the World Summit was an outstanding success this year—thanks to you, our fired-up, outspoken, passionate audience, ready to get out there and change the world! Share your favorite stories from the summit below, and tweet your best photos from the #wiw13 hashtag (or you can email us your photos at dailybeastsubmit@gmail.com).

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  • Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Humaira Bachal, Khalida Brohi and Christiane Amanpour on 'The Next Generation of Malalas' at theWomen in the World Summit 2013. (Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Pakistan

    Answering a Bullet

    Christopher Dickey on the game-changing moment at Women in the World.

    “We don’t let our women leave the house,” says the man on the screen, his face burned dark by the sun, his eyes sure of what he’s talking about. There is no hint of shame as he refuses even to think about letting women work in the local market. “If a girl goes to school, she becomes independent. Our response to such behavior is a bullet.”            

    Khalida Brohi, a young woman barely in her 20s and wearing tribal dress, looks at this elder in Pakistan’s rugged, troubled territories—the same sort of village she comes from—and says, only half as a question, “The answer to all your questions is a bullet?”

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  • Women in the World Conference 2013 (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Summit 2013

    Women Of Impact Awards: Honoring Changemakers

    Along with Toyota's Mothers of Invention

    Pay it forward. It’s a message that echoed throughout the fourth annual Women in the World Summit this year, from panels on the importance of mentoring female leaders to safeguarding the gains by women in Afghanistan. And it was the message that Toyota’s Julie Hamp, and The Women in the World Foundation’s Kim Azzarelli and Newsweek/Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, celebrated while announcing this year’s Mothers of Invention and the new winners of the Women of Impact Awards.

    “There is a special place in heaven for women who help other women,” said Hamp while paying tribute to the Mothers of Invention: Kavita Shukla, who invented a paper to keep produce fresh; Caitria and Morgan O’Neill, whose Recovers group works to find innovative ways to coordinate disaster aid; and girltank founders Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts. The girls, who received $50,000 to strengthen their organizations, experienced an emotional moment on stage when Hamp surprised them with news that the girls would also receive a $15,000 grant to “pay it forward” to a person and cause of their choice.

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    Saving Daughters

    ‘I Want to Know Where My Daughter Is’

    Susana Trimarco has searched desperately for the past 11 years to find her daughter, believed to have been kidnapped and sold into slavery.

    This week marks the 11th anniversary of the most terrible day of Susana Trimarco’s life: the day her daughter, Marita de los Ángeles Verón, was abducted in their town in Argentina and forced into prostitution. Since that day Trimarco has tirelessly devoted herself to finding her daughter and bringing those who kidnapped her to justice—and helped hundreds of women and girls escape from lives of prostitution.

    “I’m here to tell you this sad story,” Trimarco said through a moderator. “I do not want this to happen to anyone else in the world what has happened to me.”

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  • The Honoroable Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Conference 2013 on April 5 in New York, New York. (Roxxe/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Summit 2013

    Clinton’s Missed Message

    The burdens of caring for an aging population are falling heavily on the shoulders of American women, writes Gail Sheehy.

    Can you believe it? Women now live shorter lives in America than in any other major industrialized country!

    That was just one of the startling warnings delivered by Hillary Clinton in a stem-winding speech introduced by Tina Brown at the Women in the World Summit on Friday.

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  • Women in the World Conference 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Watch Out, World!

    In a star-studded, moving two days at the fourth Women in the World Summit in New York, women were challenged to demand their rights. Millions more around the globe got the message through social media and the Web.

    Sheryl Sandberg gave us Lean In, her neo-feminist mantra that if women are to get ahead in American society, they need to remain committed to the workplace and not let career take a back seat to family and marriage. Now the fourth annual Women in the World Summit has added to and amended that vocabulary by highlighting how women must, in the words of summit founder and co-host, Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, “lean on”: on corporations, on courts, on governments and clerics, and, above all, on fathers, brothers, boyfriends, and male acquaintances to stop persecuting women and to “safeguard the rights and well-being, and to free up the economic potential, of a full half of all [the world’s] citizens.”

    The summit’s “lean on” message reverberated throughout two days of electrifying panels April 4 and 5 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Now in its fourth year, the event—which draws world leaders, top CEOs, firebrand activists, and grassroots organizers to New York to discuss the most pressing global challenges to, and to spotlight the energetic momentum of, the women’s-rights movement today—was sponsored by Toyota, AT&T, Bank of America, the Coca-Cola Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merck for Mothers, Mary Kay, and Thomson Reuters and co-hosted by Brown, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Nizan Guanaes, Julie Hamp, Jane Harman, Maya L. Harris, Lauren Bush Lauren, Ai-jen Poo, Meryl Streep, Melanne Verveer, and Diane von Furstenberg. The event’s social-media hashtag—#wiw13—inundated Twitter and reached more than 18 million people on the first night alone as audiences celebrated the courageous stories shared on stage and broadcast calls-to-arms to their own followers.

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  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhtar Kent (center), Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company and Melanne Verveer, Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues on 'Women, Money and Power' in the Women in the World Conference 2013. (Roxxe Ineland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Labor Force

    To Strengthen Economies, Let Women Work

    Money earned by women is more likely to be spent on family, especially daughters.

    “People at first thought we were trying to go to the moon with a glider,” said Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.

    Kent was describing the company’s extraordinarily ambitious “5by20” program, which aims to create five million new female entrepreneurs by 2020. They may be shooting the moon, but the company says it has already helped 350,000 women to start their own businesses.

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  • Diane Von Furstenberg and Gloria Steinem attend 2013 DVF Awards at United Nations on April 5, 2013 in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty)

    Women in the World

    A Stirring Conclusion to Women in the World

    At the annual DVF Awards at the United Nations, the annual Women in the World conference came to a rapturous close.

    At an intimate party Friday night at the United Nations, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg hosted her namesake DVF Awards, celebrating women who inspire other women. The guest list included feminist Gloria Steinem, actress Olivia Wilde, Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, who chatted with a swarm of fans. The event concluded the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, co-hosted by Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown and von Furstenberg.

    Brown remarked that von Furstenberg, who wore a cast, had recently broken her arm in three different places from a skiing accident. Brown said: “When I expressed concern … she immediately texted me back, ‘I will match the bravery of the women we’re honoring.’”

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