International Women's Day in theParticipation Age
Posted: 03/ 8/2012 10:50 am
Throughout the month of March, millions of people worldwide will celebrate the101st International Women's Day, marking the second century of suchcelebrations. While many gains have been made, many challenges remain.Almost three billion adults worldwide are unbanked or under-banked -- and most
are women. Without access to resources to attend school or grow a business, theirpotential and dreams are far too often wasted. This affects us all.As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said just a few months ago, "A risingtide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of all families and all nations ...we don't have a person to waste and we certainly don't have a gender to waste."Imagine a day when no woman is too remote to tell her story to an online globalcommunity of people who want to participate in her success as she lifts her family,her community and her nation out of poverty. That day is within reach.As we embark on this second century of International Women's Day, newtechnologies are ushering in what Clinton calls a "Participation Age," in whichevery individual, regardless of gender or location, is poised to become acontributing and valued member of their economy. Rapid expansion of Internetaccess and the growth of mobile banking are empowering more womenentrepreneurs, even in the world's most remote villages, to connect with a globalnetwork of lenders.In honor of International Women's Day, Kiva has launched Kiva.org/women to
spotlight the power of women to create sustainable change when everyday peoplelend their support. In partnership with Kiva, Dermalogica's joinFITE program isfunding a $100,000 Kiva Women free trial program. Free trials enable new users of Kiva.org to direct a $25 loan to the woman borrower of their choice.