10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...
Frequently Asked Questions
What is AUDACIA, the Global Forum for Girls’ Education?
AUDACIA, the Global Forum for Girls’ Education, an initiative of Emma Willard School, is a two day invitational conference, which took place in New York City September 26-27 2011.
AUDACIA’s core purpose is to garner resources for programs and practices that hold promise for eradicating the barriers – poverty, violence and prejudice – that prevent some ninety million school-aged girls from receiving a quality education or any education at all.
AUDACIA’s target audience is philanthropists, foundations and other grant-making institutions, businesses, technologists and entrepreneurs who want to invest significant resources in proven or very promising practices and programs that ensure access to a quality education for girls everywhere, especially in countries where this is not considered a right.
AUDACIA benefits girls and the societies in which they live by providing research on best practices and encouraging investments in programs of superior merit.
The first AUDACIA forum was held in New York City September 26-27, 2011.
- Research on personal, social and economic benefits of education for girls
- Components and benefits of successful systemic change in education practices and policies
- Components of successful philanthropy and social ventures
- Issues affecting equity versus equality in education for girls
- What constitutes a girl friendly environment
- Economic and cultural barriers and interventions
- Dealing with violence and reconciliation in varying contexts
- Opportunities for religious and cultural leaders to foster change
- Communication as an intervention
- Education policy made real by financial policy
- Practitioners and investors: models of effective collaborations
- Opportunities for new technologies
- Opportunities for media
- What girls in developing, emerging and developed economies want from education
- Forging sustainable collaborations between practitioners and philanthropists
What is the governance and staffing structure of AUDACIA?
AUDACIA is an initiative of Emma Willard School. Head of School Trudy E. Hall led its initial conceptualization. Emma Willard is providing start-up financial and in-kind support. AUDACIA’s Executive Director, Dr. Donna L. Blackwell and her assistant, Robyn B. Naeher are full time Emma Willard employees with an office on the campus.
Emma Willard School is AUDACIA’s fiscal sponsor. All contributions earmarked for AUDACIA will receive the tax benefits of the Emma Willard School IRS 501(c)(3) designation.
The presenters will represent a balance of experts who can speak to successful education and human rights practices and policies, promising new ideas and directions, strategic philanthropy, role of religious and cultural leaders, role of media and opportunities for new technology. They will represent religious, secular, education and humanitarian organizations; business and social entrepreneurship; philanthropy; invention and technology; and the news media.
People who are implementing effective practices that can be replicated or scaled up and philanthropists, corporate citizens, inventors and social entrepreneurs who want to learn about them and contribute financial and technological resources will be invited. Members of the council of advisors and a special committee comprised of Emma Willard students, faculty and alumnae will be invited to attend also.
We anticipate 200-250 people from around the world to attend in person. Thousands more are expected to join via the Web.
The budget for AUDACIA is available for persons who are interested in contributing significant financial support to AUDACIA.
Organizations attending the forum will receive an information kit that includes the cost of registration. Every effort will be made to minimize this cost for participants who represent small non-profit organizations.
Individual contributions, registration fees, grants from foundations, and corporate sponsorships will fund AUDACIA. Emma Willard School, the founding sponsor, is providing seed money and serves as the fiscal sponsor for charitable contributions and sponsorship fees.
AUDACIA will be advertised online and via notices to relevant individuals and organizations. A marketing communications plan for other media is being developed.
Yes. Members of the news media will be invited to participate as presenters and as reporters.
Yes. Corporations, foundations and individuals that have a commitment to advancing education, gender equality, human rights, human development and anti-poverty initiatives are being sought as sponsors.
Yes. A number of individuals have already contributed to AUDACIA. We continue to seek contributions from individuals, and grants are being sought from corporate and private foundations.
Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu have endorsed AUDACIA and agreed to serve as honorary chairpersons. Additional Advisory Council members include Elizabeth Colton, Emma Willard Class of 1966 and Founding President of the International Museum of Women, Meera Gandhi, founder of The Giving Back Foundation, Marcia Gillespie, an award winning writer and leader in the women’s movement, Holly Gordon, Executive Director of 10x10: The Girls Education Project, Dr. Gay McDougall, international human rights lawyer, MacArthur Fellow, and Independent Expert on Minority Issues at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor to the Global Fund for Women, Dr. Nahid Toubia, the first female surgeon in Sudan and founder of RAINBO, and Jane Wales, Emma Willard Class of 1966 and Co-Founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. Additional Advisory Council Members, Planning Committee Members, Sponsors and Speakers can be found on the Web site. Other prominent persons concerned with gender equality and education will be invited to endorse and lend their support to AUDACIA.
Yes. Representatives of the United Nations and UNICEF will be consulted and invited to make presentations at AUDACIA.
No. Videos from the forum will be posted on the AUDACIA Web site as they are available.
The Web site for AUDACIA will be available to any interested person. However, schools, NGOs, country leaders, faculty and students of education, international relations and policy, human development organizations and agencies, foundation staff, staff of corporate sponsors, and the news media will be contacted and encouraged to register for the online version of AUDACIA so they can follow the proceedings in real time.