Hillary Clinton: Women's equality is the unfinished business of the 21st century

"Women's rights are the unfinished business of the 21st century. We must find ways to help young women get the education, the abilities, so they can reach their potential."

This is what Hillary Clinton said at a special meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Sofia, BGNES reported. The visit was at the invitation of Kiril Domuschiev.

"Unfortunately, there are people who want to keep that door closed and don't see the benefit of diversity and equality for women in the private and public sectors," Clinton said.

She pointed out that women's participation in all sectors would bring huge benefits to the global economy and stressed that it was a great pleasure for her to be in Sofia again.

She said women are paid about 24% less globally. Clinton noted that 1 in 10 women live in poverty. The main reason for their condition is prejudice.

Hillary Clinton noted that Bulgaria is ahead of many other countries in the number of women leaders. She thanked Bulgaria for its attitude towards women's equality.

The former US Secretary of State thanked Kiril Domuschiev for the "commitment of Domuschiev Impact, which is doing everything possible to provide opportunities to people" in our country.

The event brings together world leaders from the public and private sectors to identify ways to support the global advancement of women.

CGI is a community of established and emerging leaders working together to create and implement Commitments to Action - new, specific and measurable solutions to pressing global challenges. The meeting in Sofia is part of CGI's "Road to September," an annual gathering to establish new partnerships and initiatives ahead of the CGI 2024 Annual Meeting in New York City on September 23-24.

The forum brought together more than 200 leaders who will work together on initiatives to support women's leadership and more equitable access to capital, employment and advancement.

Participants include Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani, Cherie Blair - wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Yoslem Denizmen - founder of the Monay payment platform.

The forum also features Jessica Espinosa - founder of 2X Global - a global organization for investors, capital providers and intermediaries, Elpita Kokota - founder of MEXOXO - a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs.

Also in Sofia is Jocelyn Mangan, founder of Him for Her, a social enterprise whose mission is to have more women on company boards. /BGNES