Women share struggles, hope to create change at World Woman Summit

World Woman Summit celebrates change, diversity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds gathered at the Clinton Presidential Center Saturday to celebrate women and their power to create change.

The World Woman Summit highlighted the positive work being done by women in many different fields.

Founder Rupa Dash is new to the Little Rock community, but has wasted no time in making a big impact. This is the first of what she hopes will be many summits. Her first attempt managed to bring together representatives from more than 10 different countries.

“Without support, love, and teamwork what do we have in life? Very little,” said Erin Gavin, one of the keynote speakers at the summit.

She is one of many women who came to share their expertise, experiences, struggles and hopes.

“The idea is really to have a conversation, to begin understanding and inspire everyone in that room to do their part wherever they are,” Melissa Thoma said, who hope attendees find gender harmony and equality.

The summit brought together leaders from different backgrounds who all aim to inform and lead in a bold way.

“There a few men in the audience today," Thoma said. "I wish there were thousands of men here to be inspired and motivated by this conversation starting here in Little Rock.”

Speakers highlighted issues women face every day across the globe.

"Originally, they asked me to come today to talk about acting a role I played, Marilyn Monroe, and how I came from Scotland and played one of this country's most famous icons,” Gavin said.

Leaders in business, entertainment, science and technology are making a difference one step at a time. And asking the hard questions to start conversations, find common ground and solutions.

“A lot of people who are here today seem to have an amazing outlook on life,” added Gavin.

"We're really just seeing the start of what women will do in our country and in our world, to make this place a better place,” Martin said.

Panelist focused on four key issues today; violence against women, social entrepreneurism, economic development and women and global health.

The nonprofit aims to launch mentoring programs for 1 million women and girls by 2020.

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