President Jimmy Carter began by sharing his passion for human rights, and his belief that issues affecting women and girls are key human rights issues. He has a 10-year plan at age ninety now to change the reality for the female population globally in every aspect of our reality. Beyond impressive!
President Carter spoke with passion and determination, standing on stage without notes or a teleprompter, stating one statistic after another from his complete knowing of the reality of women and girls regarding education, poverty, female genital mutilation, and… I am totally in awe of this man and what he has done in his human rights work in over 80 countries since leaving the Presidency. He just supervised the 100th global election – while teaching Sunday School every Sunday at his church and calling on the dogma of all religions to stop the inequality for women and girls.
Read his latest book – A Call to Action – buying it and reading it now!
Today was amazing in every way here – feeling so beyond blessed to be in this TED community once again, and wishing all women and men who care could be here. I hugged Pat at noon today and thanked her for birthing our beyond fabulous TEDWomen community. I hugged her key staff person Betsy who is more dear to me than any biological connection I have. I sent a message to my treasured right hand associate Cory who is in her late 20’s today saying I will sponsor her for the next TEDWomen gathering; I so want her voice to be heard in these conversations, our future.
Each of us can and must be an influencer in this reality now, as she stated and demanded. This year 2015 can and must be a game-changer. The Sustainable Development Goals Summit will happen in New York in September and then an Agreement Summit will happen in Paris in December of this year. President Robinson prays that in 2015 her five grandchildren and their generation will look back on our decisions now with gratitude, acknowledging that we helped…
We are committed to change that reality with our documentary Only Love is Best, produced with www.keypointfilms.com.
With love and gratitude ~ Deborah