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Last week I was invited to attend an event in New York called: The Integration Hypothesis, Can breaking developmental silos make a difference for women and girls? Johnson & Johnson partnered with FHI 360 and Women Thrive Worldwide to host this panel on how integrated delivery of development solutions can improve education, health, incomes, infrastructure and the environment. The objective being to merge and blend solutions to ultimately further the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The talk and panel were filled with passionate women (and a few men) who shared anecdotal stories about how important it is for organizations of all sizes to work together and collaborate on helping women holistically. We know the story about the importance of teaching a man to fish, but what happens if a woman wants to fish? There are a surprising number of obstacles!
Disclosure: Johnson & Johnson paid for my travel to NYC to attend this event. All opinions are my own.