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Eleanor Clift – Daily Beast – Thursday, 13 March 2014 (originally published 9 Mar)

Vital Voices with a banner

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Women in 30 countries linked together via social media to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday with “Global Mentoring Walks” to highlight the importance of women’s leadership and women encouraging women. The mood in Washington, home of the sponsoring organization, Vital Voices, was “celebratory, inspiring and happy,” reported Uma Iyer, director of global engagement.

About 250 women gathered for the walk in the nation’s capital, one of 45 cities where the event took place. Hafsat Abiola, the Nigerian human rights activist, and Sally Field, the actress, made remarks. Field is on the board of Vital Voices, an organization she says “stands alone for finding and supporting women leaders around the world.” She called the global mentoring walks “another great step in the right direction for women everywhere.”

From Argentina, Mariana Massacesi reported that Saturday’s mentoring walk “showed that by investing in a few young women’s leadership you can impact many. Argentina celebrated the International Women’s Day with powerful women from Cordoba and Salta joining the Global Mentoring Walk” . . .

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