Change Your World

Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program has initiated the Change Your World series, regional events focused on how women are using social media, digital media, technology and the Internet to change their worlds.

Change Your World Mexico City 2012

The Business & Human Rights Program (BHRP) hosted, together with Yahoo! in Latin America the third event in its Change Your World series in Mexico City on September 12-13. ‘Cambia Tu Mundo’ showcased women leaders across Latin America who are using technology, the Internet and social media platforms to support positive change in the world, with an emphasis on women's leadership in governance and politics, human rights, media and journalism, entrepreneurship, indigenous rights, and user safety online. The event was moderated by Claudia Calvin-Venero, Executive Director for the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and Founder of Mujeres Construyendo, the first platform for Spanish speaking bloggers in Latin America.

The Summit featured a keynote speech from Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States (OAS). The Special Rapporteur spoke of the Internet as one of the platforms for free expression and sharing of ideas and the importance of access to information and freedom of expression.

More than 180 participants, activists, policy makers, government officials, embassy staff and company representatives attended the two day event, sharing and discussing their work, their stories and their goals.  Panels included discussions on 'Storytelling in the Age of Digital Media' focused on media and journalism, 'Social Media and Social Inclusion' highlighting the work of indigenous female activists, and 'Government 2.0' discussing the role of technology in good governance. Participants included:
  • Judith Torrea, Mexico, Journalist, Blogger, Author focused on the issues in Ciudad Juarez
  • Myrna Cunningham Kain, Nicaragua, Chair, United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Rosi Orozco, Mexico, Chairperson of the United Against Trafficking in Persons Commission
  • Maria del Carmen Bernal, Mexico; Director, Center for Research on Women in Senior Management at IPADE
  • Nasreen Amina, Chile, Journalist,  women’s rights activist
  • Marta Gabriela Michetti, Argentina, National Representative, City of Buenos Aires
View the agenda and bios here,a short summary video of the event here, and photos from the event here. Dedicated websites in the region featuring unique content and panelist interviews are also available here: Yahoo! Mexico, Yahoo! Argentina, Yahoo! en Español.

Change Your World DC 2012

  The second installation of the Yahoo! Change Your World series was held at The Newseum in Washington, DC on May 18, 2012.  Change Your World DC showcased the ways that women are using technology and social media to influence policy, govern, engage and inspire voters, address social issues, and change the world. Change Your World DC was hosted by Ebele Okobi, Director, Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Program, and featured a keynote address by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Representative, California’s 16th Congressional District.   Change Your World DC’s panels included: View the agenda, speaker bios or photos from the event here.

Change Your World Cairo 2012

The inaugural event, Change Your World Cairo 2012, hosted by the BHRP along with Yahoo! Maktoob and in partnership with Vital Voices, took place at the Fairmont Nile City, Egypt on January 18 2012. The summit brought together women in leadership from across the Middle East and North Africa to showcase and share lessons learned on how women are using technology, the Internet and social media platforms to create positive change in the world. Moderated by award-winning journalist and human rights activist Mona Eltahawy, the summit focused on four primary areas: women's leadership in governance and politics, women's rights/human rights and social justice, journalism, and entrepreneurship. Participants included:
  • Maria Al Masani, social media pioneer and founder of Yemen Rights Monitor;
  • Fida Ouri, deputy director of NISAA FM in the West Bank, one of the first all-women, non-political radio stations in the Arab world;
  • Shereen Allam, Egyptian entrepreneur, co-owner of Eco-tek and founder, Association for Women's Total Advancement and Development;
  • Lara Ayoub, Jordanian digital media pioneer and digital media director, Al Ghad and Al-Waseet
  • Dalia Ziada, Egyptian women’s rights activist and blogger who has been hailed by the international media as one of the most influential women in the world;
  • Lamees Dhaif, Bahraini journalist and human rights activist.
Summit sessions included “Technology and Economic Empowerment,” “After the Revolution: E-lections and E-governance,” “Journalism, Women and the Internet” and “Safety Online for Women and Activists.” There was also a screening of excerpts from ‘Women, War & Peace,’ the documentary series that tells the stories of women in conflict zones around the globe. The event concluded with a session entitled “What’s Next? Continuing the Conversation” – a facilitated workshop to elicit ideas for tools, platforms, technology and media to foster and promote entrepreneurship, political leadership, journalism and women’s rights. View the agenda or a short summary video of the event here.