Women and Global Development Forum
Women are the most reliable and innovative recipients of microfinance; their health is essential to the survival of families; and increased opportunities for women have been shown to lift entire communities out of poverty. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs established the Women and Global Development Forum in 2009 to engage Chicagoans in discussions about the role of women in solving global health, international development, and socioeconomic challenges facing the world today. Each year, between four and six programs take place as part of the series and feature speakers working, through governments, NGOs, foundations, and businesses, to implement development initiatives that change the world.
Patricia Blunt Koldyke,
Honorary Life Director,
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Shirley Welsh Ryan, Chairman,