Musimbi Kanyoro: To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance health, development, human rights and philanthropy for communities, specifically for women and girls. Full bio
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yes, a little bit like Melinda Gates --
in our community
of scores of children
to live with us in our home
for building the local health clinic
is named in memory of her.
for her organizing skills,
for caring for one another.
would be equal generosity,
to a neighbor's home --
to community events
about vaccinations in school,
would come together
to send a neighbor's child to school --
came from that rural village.
alongside the adults
in the community book
back at home and abroad,
as "poor, vulnerable populations."
of which literature speaks about
for poverty eradication programs.
sustainable development goal.
that we could do a better job,
by embracing isirika.
that you're human together.
a person with disability first.
of seeing a person first.
they bring to the table.
what it would look like
to accompany me
and reclaiming isirika with me.
that is high enough
really enjoy the privilege of giving more.
for women to give more for women.
other children to live with us,
that they had a responsibility
that we should understand
was not our entitlement,
wisdom from isirika.
I think, in every culture,
what we could do together.
with women all over the world
isirika together in what they do.
so that they can expand,
within their own communities.
to the Global Fund with a big idea --
by the name of Lucero González.
that would support a movement
in the communities in Mexico.
of 7,500 US dollars.
over two million people,
of 600,000 women in Mexico.
within the community and with others,
and what were the long-term needs.
have gone off Mexico,
the ideas of communities
that went directly to women's hands
women's organizations --
under the leadership of girls and women,
to women and girls-led organizations.
organizing as isirika,
organizing as isirika in TED.
that lives in communities.
that I want to share with you
the world's biggest problems,
in the community.
but the needs of their children,
you to invest in women and girls
thing you could ever do
in the hands of women.
to share this with your families,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMusimbi Kanyoro - Women's rights activist
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance health, development, human rights and philanthropy for communities, specifically for women and girls.
Why you should listen
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading publicly-supported foundations for gender equality. During her time at the Global Fund for Women, Kanyoro has seen the organization award nearly $150 million in grantmaking.
Before joining Global Fund for Women, she was Director for Population and Reproductive Health at David and Lucile Packard Foundation, managing a $30 million grantmaking portfolio. She has written and published extensively on matters affecting the lives of women and children. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard; in 2015, Forbes named her one of 10 women “power brands” working for gender equality.
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