DO DAY 2019 – SHE WINS. WE WIN.
CO-CREATE SOLUTIONS TO ELEVATE WOMEN
At The DO School, we believe that in just one day individuals and communities can come together and make a tangible difference towards global challenges – no matter how daunting. That’s why we created DO Day: our annual international day of DOing on the 18th of October. DO Day calls on Purposeful DOers around the world to come together and co-create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
DO DAY 2019:
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO CO-CREATE SOLUTIONS TO ELEVATE WOMEN
Organize a DO Day event
Bring your community together and organize a DO DAY event to co-create solutions for your local issues related to woman.
Join a DO Day event
Sign up to join a DO Day event near you.
After far too long, groundbreaking movements like #metoo, #timesup and #genderpaygap bravely paved the way and elevated various women’s movements to the global stage. While real progress has been made in advancing women’s sexual health rights, getting more and more women in elected office, and countless other inspiring wins, there is still so much to do.
It’s time to act now and act together. We need to harness the current momentum to elevate women and communities around the world. That being said, DO Day 2019 on the 18th of October will bring people together locally to elevate women globally. DO Day is an event for everyone; from entrepreneurs and students to larger corporations and community activists, we’re inviting you to bring your community together and organize a DO Day event around a topic relating to the problems faced by women in society today.
CHOOSE AN IMPORTANT TOPIC WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY
We challenge you to co-create solutions to…
Elevate women in tech
Improve education for girls
Close the gender gap
Get women into public office
Improve menstrual hygiene
Advance female entrepreneurs
…OR SOLVE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY
As the challenges faced by women differ greatly from country to country, we want you to choose an issue that best reflects your community’s needs. Whether it’s developing an app that supports female safety in Mumbai, creating workshops for women in leadership in New York, or highlighting the importance of female communities in rural Sudan, we want local communities to identify and tackle a problem most relevant to them.
WHY THE TOPIC OF WOMEN?
Girls in rural areas lack access to education:
% don’t attend secondary school.
Women and girls still lack basic rights:
% of women worldwide are married before their 18th birthday.
Sexual violence and harassment is pervasive:
% of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence/harassment from a non partner.
Women are drivers of the economy but often ignored:
% of of the world’s unpaid work is performed by women.
MEET THE DO DAY ORGANIZERS
DO Day 2019 is organized by DOers from all over the world who all share the same ambition to create the world they want to live in.
Dipika is a 21 year-old youth activist from Nepal. She is a currently pursuing her Bachelor degree in Forestry Science and is also working as President at ‘We’ for Change, youth-led organization of Nepal entirely led and governed by young people of 16-24 years
Topic: Encouraging women engagement in cultural forums and movements.
Christian Ehl is a pro-Planet Activist and AI Entrepreneur. His passion for technology and it’s impact on business, competitiveness and society are the focus of his work. Since 2012 he also co-founded Nemetschek bim+, the future of web based building. Before bim+, Christian founded various innovative start-up companies and was international marketing manager for Intel.
Topic: Tech-inclusion for women.
New Delhi, India
Gitanjali Banerjee is Content Manager by profession, travel blogger by passion & social entrepreneur by life’s calling. Founder of Fertility Dost, India’s first & trusted community for women & couples to manage their hormone and fertility health.
Topic: Women Health
Cherryl is the Founder of Textile Recycling for the Environment & International Development (TREID), a non-profit organization that turns textile waste into funds and resources. One of their missions is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged women.
JOIN A DO DAY EVENT NEAR YOU!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Have an impact: Directly impact a critical global issue and have the opportunity to get financial support and resources to implement your solutions developed during DO Day.
Connect: Meet, learn and share with a diverse group of DOers in your community and around the world who are just as passionate as you through the event and webinars hosted by The DO School Team.
Support and resources: The DO School facilitators will provide you with individual tools, methods, and innovation skills to help you tackle any topic.
Inspire: DO Day is a platform for you to bring attention to your initiative, project, company, or community.
Workshop formatting: The DO School facilitators will provide a clear format advising you on how to run workshops and engagements during the day.
Elevate the topic: With our prominent ambassadors endorsing DO Day, your project has a chance to receive global awareness.
MEET THE DO DAY AMBASSADORS
“A peace agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years if women participate in its negotiation. The reason? because women represent the interests of those most affected in war – children, women, the elderly and those suffering PTSD. Yet until recently women made up only 2.5% of signatories to peace agreements. We have to change that, by putting forward the bios of the many suitably qualified women.”
“It’s unacceptable that in 2019, women and girls the world over continue to be discriminated, excluded and stigmatized because of something that is perfectly natural and normal: their periods.
When girls are empowered to manage their periods safely and hygienically, they are more likely to stay in school when they reach puberty. She wins. We win.”
Monika studied law in France and in Germany. In her professional life she gained international experience as lawyer and in-house counsel. She supports the topic of Menstrual Hygiene Management at WASH United and establishes their advisory council.
CILIA C. KANELLOPOULOS
Cilia C. Kanellopoulos is Head of Social Innovation at the Vodafone Institute, where she runs the female empowerment accelerator, F-LANE. Through her work, she seeks to shed light on how digital technologies can transform industries, influence governments, and societies, and empower people, especially women.
Strategic Lead at Google for Startups
“Diverse startup teams are more successful. Sadly, women are still underrepresented in today’s startup world. We need to take an active role in supporting women to become the founders and leaders of tomorrow – for a stronger economy, for a better society, and for a more diverse culture. DO Day 2019 will prove what’s possible when people come together to elevate women globally. She wins. We win.”
“When the US Women’s soccer team won the World Cup in July loads of fathers went to Twitter to thank feminist and sports legend Billie Jean King for bringing sports to their girls through effective public policy. Sports has transformed me and so many other women and girls who have played. Every girl, like my niece Emme here, should have the opportunity to find their mind, power, voice, body in sport. Win on the field = Win for equality = Win for fathers.”
American Friends of Bucerius
Dr. Nina Smidt is President of American Friends of Bucerius. Nina has been leading the New York office since 2009 and has overseen the steady growth of the Bucerius network and business operations in the United States. As Director of International Strategy Planning and Business Development for the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, she is also responsible for initiating programs and partnerships around the world as part of the global Bucerius activities.
The Federation, For Freedoms
Violence against women is a global public health epidemic that demands urgent attention, in India, the most dangerous place in the world for women, in the United States, the 10th most dangerous place in the world for women (according to a 2018 Thomson Reuters report), and everywhere. No country prospers when women are oppressed. As long as women and girls don’t have equal access to healthcare, safety, education, and careers, there will be a need to elevate women.
Global Manager at H&M Foundation
“Don’t see women only as beneficiaries who need to be empowered. Women are leading the world to 2030! She wins. We win. Join a global movement of Doers on October 18th to co-create solutions.”
Speaker, Watchadoo Founder and EU Youth Ambassador
During my long career at Unilever I have been developing many initiatives to unleash the incredible potential women bring to society! I am an entrepreneur from within and yet, I recently joined UN Women because I firmly believe in this quote: The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. – Mother Teresa. I extend my circle to contribute to more systemic collaboration to achieve gender-equality closing the ‘SAY’ – ‘DO’ Gap! I want to see my and the worlds daughters and children to live in a more inclusive and equal world.
DO DAY 2018
Last years DO Day brought together over 1,000 people at 32 events in 19 countries to co-create tangible solutions to one of the world’s most vexing problems: plastic pollution.