New York, NY, 20 September 2016– At the 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting,
Women Deliver joined No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation,
Vital Voices Global Partnership, WEConnect International, and a coalition of over 30 core partners from
the public, private, and multilateral sectors to announce a new series of commitments that aim to
address significant gender gaps and advance the gender equality targets of the United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next five years, the coalition’s collective CGI
Commitments to Action will directly impact more than 900,000 individuals in over 60 countries
worldwide to advance women’s economic participation, address violence against girls and women, and
promote women’s leadership in both the public and private sectors.
““This coalition demonstrates that a broad range of partners from the private sector to the grassroots
community to the UN offers us a powerful opportunity to accelerate opportunities for girls and women
worldwide,” said Chelsea Clinton, who announced this group of commitments on-stage during a plenary
session titled, Girl, Uninterrupted: Increasing Opportunity During Adolescence. “No Ceilings data show
us that achieving gender equality does not only change the lives and opportunities for girls and women,
it changes the world. When girls and women participate fully, societies, nations, and our global
community are all more secure.”
Through the coalition’s collective Commitments to Action, “Girls, Women and the Global Goals” will
invest more than $70 million, and as a result will:
• Directly impact more than 900,000 individuals in over 60 countries across 6 continents;
• Spend more than $15 billion with women-owned businesses;
• Reach more than 65,000 individuals with awareness or advocacy campaigns;
• Offer formal and informal training to nearly 400,000 individuals, including female empowerment training, consisting of
leadership training, rights education, and counseling for survivors of violence to more than 145,000 women;
• Invest in 100 emerging women leaders from around the world through fellowship programs;
• Pledge at least $1 million to support local organizations working to protect and empower girl and women refugees,
internally displaced persons, and migrant girls and women in both transit and host countries;
• Empower more than 10,000 women entrepreneurs by increasing their access to technology and ability to leverage it for their businesses; and
• Contribute to the evidence base by publishing at least 12 new research reports on issues relating to women’s economic participation and gender-based violence.
Specifically, Women Deliver commits to including gender-based violence as a core issue in a new global
campaign, Deliver for Good. Women Deliver and its partners, commit to a four-year communications
and advocacy push that applies a gender lens to the SDGs and promotes 12 critical investments in girls
and women to power progress for all; one of the 12 investment areas focuses specifically on reducing
gender-based violence and harmful practices.
With the recent adoption of the United Nations’ SDGs, the global community has marked the beginning
of a new era of international development. Gender is a central feature of the SDG agenda – both as a
standalone goal (SDG 5), as well as being integrated throughout the other 16 goals.
“Investing in girls and women creates a ripple effect that yields multiple benefits, not only for individual
women, but also for families, communities, and countries,” said Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women
Deliver. “Investing in the elimination of gender-based violence and harmful practices is both ethical and
practical and is linked to the achievement of several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and
Through these commitments, Women Deliver and other commitment partners are charting a path
forward to achieve significant progress in the lives of girls and women, complementing the work of the
United Nations and country governments. These commitments work to support women from diverse
socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds – from women in the developing world who are more
economically disadvantaged, to women seeking leadership positions in the private sector in the United
States, to women entrepreneurs around the world, as well as to protecting refugee or displaced girls
These commitments build off of data aggregated in the “No Ceilings Full Participation Report,” which
presents the gains and gaps that girls and women have made since 1995. Today, girls and women have a
much greater chance to live healthy and secure lives, and their fundamental human rights are now
protected by law in many countries throughout the world. Yet, despite progress in the areas of health,
education, and legal rights, the pace of change has been far too slow – most especially in the areas of
economic opportunity, violence against girls and women, and leadership. The No Ceilings Report
outlines the steps needed to achieve the full participation of girls and women globally. Driven by data,
this coalition of partners from across sectors is moving from evidence to action, and working to close
critical gender gaps where they are needed most.
About Women Deliver:
Women Deliver believes that when the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins. As a leading
global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together
diverse voices and interests to drive progress, particularly in maternal, sexual and reproductive health
and rights. It builds capacity, shares solutions and forges partnerships, together creating coalitions,
communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the
Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most
pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state,
more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs,
major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made
more than 3,500 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in
more than 180 countries.
For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and
Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
About No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation which aims to
advance the full participation of girls and women around the world. Through a data-driven analysis on
gender equality, an in-depth conversation series, innovative partnerships, and CGI commitments, No
Ceilings builds an evidence-based case to chart the path forward for the full participation of girls and
women in the 21st century. For more information, visit noceilings.org.
About Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Guided by the belief
that women are essential to progress in their communities, it has partnered with leaders from more
than 140 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end
violence against women. Programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build
critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women
leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.
About WEConnect International
WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains. It identifies,
educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at
least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with
qualified buyers. Visit www.WEConnectInternational.org to learn more.