None of these women are fragile. Given what they've been through, that is what is remarkable about them and that is why they are in the artwork.
Now when you're on The Huffington Post and you read a story related to ending extreme poverty that enrages or impassions you, the organizations fighting for those issues are at your fingertips.
With a president too often bold in words but timid in action facing a Congress more Republican and obstructionist than ever, little will get done to fix inequality. Even the Tea Partiers who howled in protest over the bailout of the big banks back in 2008 have been taken to the woodshed by the likes of Karl Rove, and are silent as establishment Republicans complete the return of the GOP as Guardians of the One Percent. For now, don't really expect further taxes on the wealthy that could help those at the bottom. (And did you hear much discussion of America's poor people at the State of the Union?) Funny how trickle-down economics, a concept beloved by the GOP and its plutocratic allies, as well as by corporate Democrats, become an abomination when the galoshes are on the other foot and favor the less well off. Suddenly, trickle-down becomes all wet.
There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia. The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.
Don't just think of Russian troops in Ukraine. Think also of North Korean hackers pillaging the Sony computer systems. In 2015 conflict can take many forms.
We should begin devising the systems that will support these global shifts and enable them to be a positive improvement for the state of the world.
The aim of Thursday's discussion is to elevate this issue with the world's leadership in attendance at Davos. Our conversation is to shed light on what interventions are necessary to accelerate gender equity at all levels of the professional world.
A nation's competitiveness relies heavily on whether and how it educates and utilizes its female talent. To maximize its competitiveness and development potential, each country should strive for gender equality.
The time has come for the private sector to step up and provide support for public higher education in a manner commensurate with the benefits it enjoys through the research we conduct and the future leaders we educate.
If digital health programs can evolve along these lines, they will foster a true shift in how people lead their lives.
Today, the technology industry is more powerful and better organized than it was when it won the first Crypto War. However, I am concerned that the industry underestimates the threat posed by regulators reluctant to use strong crypto.
Collectively, we need to prioritize youth employment in the MENA region as both a social and economic imperative, and recognize its momentous power: to throw the region into discord, or to elevate it to new levels of dynamism.
With strong leaders from both the public and private sector, we can slow climate change now by putting a price on carbon, eliminating fuel subsidies, and bring together bold, innovative country plans.
For me, the case against anonymous companies is very simple. If you are successful in business you do not need them, and they have no economic or social purpose.
The Open Forum does not claim to produce answers. But we can bring together different points of view and pave the way for honest, productive and open-minded dialogue.
In addition to monetary support, refugees and IDPs need help in finding employment or education so that their lives don't grind to a standstill while the conflict in their home countries rages on.