On September 20, White Ribbon Alliance Global Patron Sarah Brown, Mothers Day Every Day Advisor Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan will host the first annual Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium for some of the most powerful women in politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts. The WIE Symposium is an opportunity to highlight the ways in which people from all walks of life can contribute to the global effort to put an end to needless deaths from pregnancy and childbirth. In order to ensure that the symposium includes the next generation of powerful women, the WRA has hosted two competitions to support the participation of young champions for women from our National Alliances and from the United States. 50 Young Champions for Women and 7 National Alliance Young Women Advocates were selected to attend the event.
The WIE Symposium will be held to coincide with a United Nations review summit on the Millennium Development Goals also being held in New York. The Symposium will provide an incredible opportunity to introduce powerful women to the work of the White Ribbon Alliance and the challenges of maternal health. They hope to utilize this opportunity to collect pledges and showcase new commitments for maternal health.