Recently, I had the opportunity to ask her about progress being made to advance women's rights, the hallmarks of successful programs and what the business community can do to grow women's leadership and open more doors to opportunity.
We must view the progress of the water and sanitation MDGs through a gendered lens. It is easily understood that the need for safe water is universal, a necessity for every man, woman and child. Sanitation conditions are still largely seen as private and taboo.
In 1992, many people regarded AIDS with fear, deeming it "the gay man's illness." But Mary Fisher, as someone who was told to count her days left to live, courageously addressed the nation, knowing of the stigma that could potentially haunt her for a lifetime.
Timeliness is important when confronting a monumental challenge like sex trafficking. However, social change only occurs as a result of an ongoing struggle, and stakeholders cannot sit and wait for the right time.