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A Message to Our Community

A message from Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson.

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Vital Voices Gift Guide 2020

Vital Voices has partnered with inspiring women through our Signature Programs. You can shop their products and make an impact this holiday season by supporting small, women-led businesses.

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Power to Empower: Maria Pacheco

Social entrepreneur Maria Pacheco joined the podcast to discuss the powerful connections she's seen carry people through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Power to Empower: Kiran Bir Sethi

Designer and education reformer Kiran Bir Sethi spoke about what led to the creation of her unique formal for building humanity within young people, focusing on empathy, ethics, excellence, elevation,...

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Power to Empower: Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim

Climate change expert and indigenous rights activist Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim shows us that bringing indigenous voices to the global climate change conversation is crucial to slowing the effects of clima...

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Power to Empower: Habiba Ali

Social entrepreneur Habiba Ali shares fascinating insight on the health impacts of Kerosene-based cookstoves, and how she envisioned a solution to a uniquely gendered phenomenon.

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Power to Empower: Christine Lagarde

President Lagarde of the European Central Bank sat down to discuss the “superb importance” of using one’s platform as a woman leader.

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Power to Empower: Amira Yahyaoui

Activist, founder and changemaker Amira Yahyaoui joined the podcast to reflect on what drives her to solve problems and overcome obstacles.

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Power to Empower: Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman joined us as the inaugural guest for the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power To Empower. She spoke about transformation, triumph, and having hope for the future.

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Voices of Resilience: Panmela Castro

Graffiti artist and GBV activist Panmela Castro joined the Vital Voices podcast from Brazil to talk about how the country's handled the COVID-19 crisis, and her flexibility in adapting her work.

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Voices of Resilience: Claire Russo

Former Marine and Congressional Candidate Claire Russo described the trauma she endured in her personal and professional life after being sexually assaulted while in the armed forces, and how her mist...

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Vital Voices Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Fortune – U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the FORTUNE - US Department of State Global Women's Mentoring Program, the partnership that facilitates mentorships between international women business leaders...

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Philanthropy vs. COVID-19: Helping others halfway across the world

When COVID-19 hit the global community, VV global woman leader Dr. Daria Mejnartowicz quickly mobilized to reach across international lines to care for communities around the world.

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Voices of Resilience: Emily Courey Pryor

Data 2X Executive Director Emily Courey Pryor joined the Vital Voices Podcast to talk about gender data, emphasizing that data is not only technical, but inherently political.

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Voices of Resilience: Mona Sinha

Business leader and philanthropist Mona Sinha joined the Vital Voices podcast for a passionate conversation about women's role in investing in causes that matter, and why authentic representation will...

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Voices of Resilience: Cynthia Richie Terrell

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Represent Women's Cynthia Richie Terrell joined Alyse Nelson on the Vital Voices podcast to discuss what a representative democracy looks like, and idea...

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Voices of Resilience: Joelle Abou Farhat on Women’s Strength

VV Engage Fellow Joelle Abou joined the Vital Voices Podcast in the wake of the explosion at the Beirut port that ravaged the city to reflect on women's power and strength.

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COVID-19 Impact Report: Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Efforts at Vital Voices

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship team at Vital Voices launched a two-phase survey to capture the impact of the pandemic on women-owned business...

Read the full COVID-19 Report with information from the Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Team. 

Find out more with the COVID-19 Analytical Report, produced with additional data and information by the Vital Voices Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship team. 

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The Next 25 Years

Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson reflects on the 25th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women - how it inspired a movement and an exciting announcement today.

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Story of Impact: Women Leaders in Lebanon

After the explosion that devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Vital Voices has been connecting with women leaders in our global network based in the city. Despite personal shock, trauma and loss, so many women...

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