Nikki Burdine of CBS News featured the #AYASummit and the ONE Girls and Women Campaign in a fabulous news segment today. I was interviewed for the story and thought I’d share a few highlights:
Technology makes us all neighbors, and these women are making it their mission to use their power for good. “That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? People coming together, empowering working together. You can’t do it all on your own, can you?” Says Patricia Amira. (Patricia Amira MC’ed the summit. She is a TV personality known as “Africa’s Own Oprah.”)
We are learning about issues that affect girls and women around the world so we can all get into action and see how we can make connections one to one,” said Emily McKhann
They’re all here brainstorming, talking and getting inspired to ignite change. Many of them are mothers, like Emily McKhann of TheMotherhood.com. “I care because I have two girls of my own, and I want them to grow up to be global citizens,” says McKhann. “But if we can make things better for girls growing up, if they can wait a little longer before they have babies and grow up and get an education, that their communities will be better off.”
Karen Walrond is another blogger for the site, Chookooloonks. “We all started blogging because we love the story and we loved sharing our stories, stories connect no matter who we are no matter where we are,” says Walrond. “I’m so passionate about the ONE Campaign. It’s the only organization I’ve worked with that seems to get better every year.”
“Most of us in this room are parents ourselves, we’ve got kids, we understand what it’s like to be a parent … So we just want to make sure we are using our audiences for something more than just ourselves, said C.C. Chapman”
Congratulations to the ONE Campaign and ONE Girls and Women on the fabulous news coverage!