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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

In the week of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Cherie travelled to Washington and New York to take part.

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Cherie attended the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the State Department in DC. The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, spoke at the ceremony and both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard expressed their happiness at meeting on International Women's Day. This was followed by a reception at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama, which Cherie attended.

Whilst in DC, she participated as special guest speaker at a ceremony at the International Finance Corporation's headquarters, where the Village Phone Programme received the Annual IFC CEO Gender Award for outstanding achievement in promoting women in business.

Cherie also attended the International Centre for Research on Women event at the National Press Club, where the ICRW kicked off its 35th anniversary celebration with the panel entitled 'Game-changing Innovations for Women.' Cherie took part in the panel where they discussed critical issues likely to shape the lives of women and girls in the coming years. At the event, ICRW also presented its 'Champions of Change' award, which each year congratulates an excellent organisation or person working to improve the well being of women and girls.

Then in New York, Cherie took part in the Daily Beast Women in the World Event called 'Women and Power'. This entailed an analysis of recent data indicating that women across a range of disciplines are getting stuck below the top rung of management. This was followed by a conversation with women who have broken through, who offered lessons and concrete advice on how to obtain power.

Whilst in New York, Cherie attended Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice, also held on the 100th Annual International Women's Day. This event took stock of how the Women's Empowerment Principles (a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community) have been implemented. She spoke about Women on Boards and in Senior Management.

Cherie is pictured (top right) with Eva Abu from Jordan, who dedicated her career to advocating for the people of Jordan including women at risk of 'honour crimes'. She is pictured (middle right) with Roza Otunbayeva from Kyrgyzstan. Roza emerged as Central Asia's first female head of state. Cherie pictured (bottom right) on the ICRW Panel.

To view the IFC website click here

Click here to view the Daily Beast Women in the World Live Blog

To view the ICRW website click here

Click here to view the US Department of State Official Blog featuring a piece on the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony