Womensphere Launches Online Global Campaign and Movement to Raise Women’s Voices and Close Gender Gaps at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

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Womensphere's online global campaign and movement aims to increase women's presence through social media and enable more diverse participation in discussions around key global issues and closing gender gaps at the 2014 Davos Meeting.

At Womensphere, we believe that with social media, we can invite and include more women’s perspectives in global discussions on issues impacting our future, and amplify the voices of men and leaders worldwide who champion closing gender gaps.

Today, Womensphere launches an online global campaign and movement to help close the sizable gender gap at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos by using social media to increase women’s participation and voice.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting takes place this January 22-25, bringing together over 2,500 participants, with 85% men (over 2,000) and only 15% women (over 300) participating this year.

The Womensphere campaign will leverage social media, particularly Twitter, to increase the number of women’s voices being expressed and represented online at the Davos meeting, to raise the number of men championing closing gender gaps, and to diversify the voices being represented at Davos overall.

"Twitter is enabling the democratization of the conversation in real time beyond Davos. The issues discussed at Davos impact us all. Now with this #Womensphere movement, we can impact them," shares Angela Leaney, EVP at Harlem Globetrotters (@leaneyleaney).

“Women make important decisions influencing the economy and impacting the world. Ignoring the fact we are under-represented at Davos would be the same as ignoring what we can bring to the debate,” shares Yanne Doucet, PhD candidate and Co-President, Columbia University’s Women in Science organization (@yannedoucet).

“The world needs more women's voices contributing to the vital discussions at Davos. At Womensphere, we believe that with social media, we can invite and include more women’s perspectives in global discussions on issues impacting our future, and amplify the voices of men and leaders worldwide who champion closing gender gaps,” shares Analisa Balares, CEO of Womensphere and Womensphere Foundation, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (@analisabalares).

Everyone can join this online global movement through Twitter, using the hashtags #WEF14 and #DavosWomen and including the handle @womensphere. For more details, and to sign up and be recognized as a participant in this global initiative, visit http://www.womensphere.org/davos2014.

About Womensphere

Womensphere is a global community platform and social enterprise dedicated to unleashing the potential of women and girls, inspiring transformational leadership and innovation, and mobilizing systemic interventions and individual initiatives to close gender gaps, build a more sustainable world, and create a better future. The Womensphere Foundation hosts global summits convening leaders and emerging leaders to #CreateOurFuture, runs the Create Our Future global movement and network (http://www.createourfuture.org), and develops programs to advance education and mentoring for women and girls. Womensphere is also building a global media and mentoring initiative for women in STEM through The Womensphere Nuclei Media Project (http://www.thenuclei.com). Womensphere was founded by its CEO, Analisa Leonor Balares, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader from the Philippines, and an alumna of Harvard Business School, Mount Holyoke College, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and the Lester Pearson United World College. Website: http://www.womensphere.org

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