Vital Voices

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Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices logo.jpg
Motto Invest in Women. Improve the World
Formation March 31, 1999
Location Washington, D.C.
Founders
Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Melanne Verveer, Theresa Loar, Donna McLarty, Alyse Nelson, Mary Daley Yerrick
Chair
Susan Ann Davis
Vice Chair
Carol Lancaster
Website www.vitalvoices.org

Vital Voices Global Partnership is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works with women leaders in the areas of economic empowerment, women's political participation, and human rights. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C..

History[edit]

The nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership grew out of the U.S. government's Vital Voices Democracy Initiative. The Vital Voices Democracy Initiative was established in 1997 by First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, following the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy goal.[1] The first Vital Voices Democracy Initiative conference was held in 1997 in Vienna, and hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt.[2]

The Vital Voices Democracy Initiative led to the creation of Vital Voices Global Partnership as a nonprofit non-governmental organization (NGO) in March 1999.

Former Hillary Clinton aide and chief of staff Melanne Verveer is co-founder of the global partnership and its board chair emeritus.[3] Other co-founders were Alyse Nelson (current President of Vital Voices Global Partnership),[4] Donna McLarty, Mary Yerrick, and Theresa Loar.[5] Loar was the founding President of the Vital Voices Global Partnership[6] and also served as Director of the Vital Voices Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State, the Senior Coordinator for International Women's' Issues at the U.S. Department of State[7] and Director of the President's Interagency Council on Women.[8]

Besides Clinton, honorary chairs include current and former U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nancy Kassebaum Baker.[3]

Funding has come from a variety of sources, including individual donations; corporate sponsors such as ExxonMobil,[9] Standard Chartered Bank, and Bank of America; foundations such as the Avon Foundation for Women and Humanity United;[10] and the efforts of the Clinton Global Initiative.[11]

In 2002 Vital Voices was asked by First Lady Laura Bush to drive the effort to supply school uniforms to the many girls returning to school for the first time following the U.S. led overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan.[12]

Mission and programs[edit]

Vital Voices' website states that its mission is "to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities."[13]

Vital Voices works in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the business, political and civil society sectors. The organization regularly hosts international forums, capacity-building workshops, and training seminars for women.[14]

Vital Voices’ Human Rights program currently focuses on combating human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.[15]

Global Leadership Awards[edit]

Vital Voices hosts the annual Global Leadership Awards, honoring women leaders working in the areas of human rights, economic empowerment, or political reform. The 2009 ceremony was described as that year's "Most Inspirational Event" in Washington, D.C. in an article in Washington Life Magazine.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Vital Voices". Vital Voices. Retrieved 2010-03-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "First Lady Listens to Vital Voices". Washington Post. 2000-02-16. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Vital Voices - Board of Directors". Vital Voices. Archived from the original on 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Alyse Nelson profile". The Hill. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ America's Commitment Women 2000. The White House. 2000-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  6. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (2002-06-06). "Powell Report on Slave Trading". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Global Partnership for Women". Princeton University. 2003-10-17. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  8. ^ "Trafficking in Women: International Cooperation". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 1997-09-29. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  9. ^ Roberta Luxbacher (2007-01-18). "vital voices of Africa: pan-African summit for women and girls". ExxonMobil. Retrieved 2007-10-25. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Financials". Vital Voices. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  11. ^ "Bill Clinton Hoping for Billions in Pledges for His Charity". NewsMax. 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  12. ^ Kari Haskell (2002-03-31). "'A' for Afghan, 'S' for Schoolgirl". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  13. ^ http://vitalvoices.org/about-us/
  14. ^ http://www.vitalvoices.org/what-we-do/
  15. ^ http://www.vitalvoices.org/what-we-do/issues/human-rights
  16. ^ "The 2010 Social List: Year in Review". Washington Life. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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