As part of the Aspen Business Connect “Helping Teens” program we shared the voices of Strong Women Strong World (SWSW) Next Gen President, Stefani Wojcik, and V.P. Stella Halferty in a Snowmass Base Village Real Estate penthouse suite. Sadly, due to Covid-19, we had to cancel the event but still recorded the panel.
In this conversation, these young women leading a SWSW club at Aspen High School share how women and girls in poverty face obstacles in every area of their life that keep them from realizing their full potential. Panel members included; Kathryn Compton of World Vision and Cari Higgins and Rick Wojcik of Brake the Cycle, an organization raising awareness and funds for World Visions’ mission to help the poor in Zambia.
Speaking to the importance of a collaborative ‘multi generational’ approach to changing the opportunities for girls to live healthier lives, SWSW believes that we can solve extreme poverty in our lifetime and help women and girls to enjoy equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities that will help their families, communities, societies, and economies to thrive.
Strong Women Strong World next gen is connecting and mobilizing high school and college-aged students throughout the United States to respond to the needs of women and girls living in resource-poor countries by raising awareness and funds to empower girls and women through clean well water.
“If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.”
— MELINDA GATES, THE MOMENT OF LIFT
Why it matters
- Every day, an estimated 830 women die from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. And 7,000 newborns die every day mostly from birth-related complications. (World Health Organization, UNICEF)
- The global water crisis disproportionately impacts women and girls who spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day – time that they could be spending going to school, (UNICEF)
- In the least developed countries, 41% of girls under 18 are already married. And 200 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation. Right now, 5 million girls younger than 15 are at risk. (UNICEF, World Health Organization)
- Nearly 1 billion women do not have access to financial services. And 80% of labor on smallholder farms is done by women. (World Bank, World Food Program)
- Two thirds of the world’s 750 million adults without literacy skills are women. (UNESCO)
Join Strong Women Strong World
By joining the Strong Women Strong World next gen movement you can help to change the gross injustice against basic human rights for women and girls.
This year, inspirational and educational events are scheduled in Aspen, Snowmass Village and New York City to raise resources for the Strong Women Strong World next gen Fund. The money raised will fund well projects so that clean water is close to home — freeing up time for millions of girls and women to reach their full potential—to pursue an education, learn a trade, care for themselves and their families better, or start a business. 100% of proceeds from the Aspen Business Connect conversation went to SWSW.