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Summit Description:

The needs of women and girls are becoming lost in cacophony of economic strife and increasing social injustice around the world.  At this pivotal time in history, we can leverage the gains we have achieved over the last 10 years to accelerate progress, or we can watch these gains erode, giving way to degradation, poverty and hopelessness locally and around the world.

The choice is ours.  This summit is about that choice.

Summit Takeaways:

  1. Understand the issues and progress made since the fourth UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, and our government’s role in that progress
  2. Identify the work to be done locally on these issues
  3. Learn strategies to leverage your power and passion to advance work on women and girls’ issues in Massachusetts, New England and internationally.

Throughout the conference, you will hear from women and girls who exemplify how a single woman or a group of women working together can use their individual and collective power to initiate positive social change.  You may be the one sharing your story with us! We will highlight these acts of courage in the face of our own fears and formidable cultural and structural obstacles to have a quality life.


Inspire and be inspired by women and girls who achieve social change through action. Continue dialogue and relationship building from 4th United Nation’s World Conference on Women, and the recent 54th UN CSW.

  • Learn global history of women’s issues from safe environments to economic & political participation.
  • Create strategies and 1 to 5 year action plans with women and girls in MA for gender equality.  Develop strong individual networks to empower each other.
  • Learn and develop ways to work with MA State House and US Federal Government legislators and officers to create systems for change; help the government ratify CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women; aka “Women’s Treaty”).
  • Learn how young women and girls can
    • participate in the 55th Session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (March 2011)
    • engage in politics – whatever their age
    • support and inform local women legislators on issues that impact women

Please join us so we may harness our own personal power toward collective efforts for change.  Sign up for Email Subscription on the right to receive updates made to the site.


  • Women and girls of all ages from Massachusetts, and other states (for replication)
  • Participants of the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995), 54th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) (March 1-12, 2010), and New England Women’s Forum (Dec 13, 2009).

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