Envision 2011

IFP and the United Nation’s Department of Public Information have for the past three years partnered to present ENVISION: Addressing Global Issues through Documentaries. This year's conference focuses on the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, and all the screenings and panels -- featuring speakers ranging from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to City Harvest's Jill Stevens-- will center on underlying issues such as food security, the role of women, and the role of film and documentaries.

In my role as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Grassroots, I am excited to participate on the conference's final panel, focusing on the role of women in alleviating poverty. The other panelists are Rebeca Grynspan, Under-Secretary-General, Associate Administrator, UN Development Program; Kennedy Odede, Founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities; Lynne Patterson, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director, Pro Mujer; and Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO of Women for Women International. I'm looking forward to a spirited discussion that explores community-centered, bottom-up efforts, local agency and systemic change, and one that also teases out the balance between efforts that create a silo for women's issues against those that create investment in women.

To learn more about the conference and other panels, please look here. Hope to see you there.

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