Commending the creation of UN Women in 2010, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “Equality for women and girls is not only a basic human right it is a social and economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable.”
The American government is getting involved in breaking down the barriers for women and girls with the launch of the Equal Futures App Challenge in the hope of encouraging and preparing girls to get involved in public forums, government, and leaderships roles. The White House Council on Women and Girls is doing this by issuing a challenge to create successful apps that will have a positive impact on breaking down many of the barriers women and girls face around the world.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the Equal Futures Partnership on behalf of the United States. What a wonderful role model for girls–a woman who has not only been a senator, she’s been the First Lady and now the Secretary of State. I had the privilege of hearing her speak and found her to be incredibly inspiring.
The Equal Futures App Challenge is an interesting approach to motivating girls to run for public office by employing a contest to leverage technology. The connected generation is tethered to their smartphones, iPads, and laptops, so using their favorite electronic device as a tool to empower girls to speak up and engage elected officials or how to be effective leaders is an innovative idea.
I don’t believe we are ever encouraged as young girls to even think of this career path, and girls are not always taught in schools what it takes to become a leader. An app designed to connect girls to role models could be just the right inspiration for motivating a young girl to believe she could be the first female president. With so many inequalities facing girls and women, I know I anxiously await her arrival.