Years of preparation and effort comes down to a single heartbeat in which one makes the impossible a reality. We were poised to launch the inaugural Women’s Day Live (WDL), Global Benefit Concert to broadcast live worldwide on March 8, 2018 to celebrate a historic milestone for women. We have been passionately committed to achieving the dream of Women’s Day Live - to harness the power of global media, celebrity and technology to accelerate the economic empowerment of women worldwide with a fierce urgency for years.

This time, we had all the elements ready, the platforms, the venues, and a world class team that would have given voice to women worldwide on this one day. The reality is that funding did not come through in time. We’re forever saying we will do things, in recognition of where the greatest impact will come from and we don’t. Ultimately, it’s about collective convening power and  political will. We must keep on hoping and trying. At this transformational moment in history, our great hope is that Canada’s leadership will bring the change and the progress we are all yearning for.

It’s going to take the fighting spirit of all of us working together to achieve a significant breakthrough. Your support and participation are welcome. With renewed hope in our eyes and courage in our heart, we are going in to development to launch Women’s Day Live for March 8, 2019.


Lili Fournier is an award winning TV producer, director and host of the Quest series of specials on PBS which have featured some of the world’s most influential leaders on human potentialt: the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Russell Simmons, Stephen Covey, Jane Goodall, et al. The Quest has successfully raised millions of dollars for PBS’s pledge efforts. Upon producing the Women of Wisdom and Power specials, she became a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She executive produced the television production of the historic By My Spirit concert featuring Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, a tribute to world peace and co-existence, featuring the reconciliation of the King of Spain and the President of Israel in 1992.


Salli Frattini has forged a successful and enviable career producing Network & Digital premieres of pop culture firsts, live events, live streams and scripted series for new media and entertainment properties including MTV, Google & YouTube, ABC, Disney, BET, Amazon, NBC Sports, Nickelodeon, & more. She was the first woman to executive produce a Super Bowl half-time show and her unmatched credits include the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, YouTube Creator Summit, BET's Black Girls Rock franchise, Radio Disney Music Awards, the CPTV series "Harmony for Healing," and CW's special "My Last Days". See More.


Louis J. Horvitz, is one of the most accomplished directors in the rarified, Top-Gun field of live television event broadcasting. He just directed the Golden Globe’s 75th anniversary special. He directed the annual "Academy Awards" telecast, a record 12 times; Prime Time Emmy Awards" 17 times; directed "The Kennedy Center Honors" for 20 years; the "American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award" tributes 21 times. As well as CBS "Grammy Awards"; ABC televised "Billboard Awards". Horvitz has great pride in the live, multi-network "Stand Up 2 Cancer" and the "XXI Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies". He has received 15 Emmy nominations and has won six Emmys.


Mark Poncher is the Executive Producer and CEO of Roundboxx, producer of the Clinton Global Initiative and former SVP with FiveCurrents, the Emmy award winning producers of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies and the Sochi Olympic Ceremonies, Disneyland 50th Anniversary, Super Bowl Saturday Night, Rio Copacabana N.Y.’s Celebration; 2015 Pan American Games. Together we will create a spectacular global celebration of women and the most significant Humanitarian campaign in modern history.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu rose to worldwide fame as an opponent of Apartheid. In 1984 he became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chair of The Elders. He works to build peace by nurturing visionary leadership. Make this humanity’s finest hour.


Kim Campbell's life, as Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, has been a life of firsts. Founding Member and Former Secretary-General, Club de Madrid Member and Chair Emeritas, Council of Women World Leaders Member and Former President, International Women’s Forum. She is committed to the advancement of women’s leadership, and speaks on issues related to gender, international politics, democratization, and climate change all over the world.


Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is a passionate advocate for women’s human rights, and social change philanthropy. A visionary leader who inspires people and mobilizes action, she has made a personal commitment to realizing the vision of WDL since 2006. She serves on the Global Committee of the Council on Foundations, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Council, the UNFPA/IPPF High level taskforce for Reproductive Health. She also serves on the boards of CHANGE, and CARE. She is the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a foundation which supports women’s rights organizations in every part of the world.


Shaili Chopra is one of the most trusted leaders in India Business Journalism. She has been the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET Now, the Economic Times Business News Channel. She holds the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, considered highest honour for Indian journalists. She reaches women entrepreneurs across India with SheThePeople.TV. Her second book The Big Connect: Politics in the age of Social Media was just published by Random House. She spends a lot of her time moderating high profile business discussions. Shaili is also a columnist for DNA. She's interviewed leaders like Warren Buffett, George Soros, P Chidambaram, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata and many others.


Liona Boyd, known as "The First Lady of the Guitar" has played for world leaders around the world including the British Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, and the Presidents of the United States and Mexico. Her virtuoso talents resulted in five Juno awards, five honorary degrees, and The Order of Canada. She has filled concert halls  from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, New Delhi, Paris, Rio, to London, introducing millions to the art of classical guitar through her TV specials, and “Gold” and "Platinum" recordings. She is the co-writer of the “We are the Women of the World” anthem for Women’s Day Live.

Shirin Ebadi, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women and children. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This internationally-recognized advocate of human rights, established the Million Signatures Campaign, which demanded an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In January 2006, along with sister Laureate Jody Williams, Dr. Ebadi took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women's Initiative.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her recent novels are The Heart Goes Last and the MaddAddam trilogy – the Giller and Booker Prize-shortlisted Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Other novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; and Alias Grace, The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Penelopiad --a retelling of the Odyssey -- and the modern classic The Handmaid’s Tale – now a critically acclaimed television series. Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, was published in 2016. Her most recent graphic series is Angel Catbird. In 2017, she was awarded the German Peace Prize, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kevin Shea is the current Chairman of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. It supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding of over 100 million dollars for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. He is Principal at SheaChez Inc., a communications consulting firm. He was Group Executive Vice-President of Convergence, Bell Global media Inc; President & Chief Operating Officer, Global Television Network, and President & Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis Communication Inc. 
Martha Fusca is the former CEO and co-founder of Stornoway Productions, which owned and operated 3 Digital Broadcast TV Networks in Canada, including the critically acclaimed Issues Channel. She executive produced such TV series as Yellow Brick Roads, the Gemini Award winning film After the Harvest and other award-winning productions, such as Dragons of Crime and Caught in the Crossfire. Winner of the Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild, and former President of Women in Film, Toronto.
Shelly Porges is the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department. As head of GEP, she launched GEP 2.0, increasing GEP’s reach from a handful of countries to almost 150, thus institutionalizing entrepreneurship as part of the Department’s Economic Statecraft policy initiative launched by Secretary Clinton. Prior to joining GEP, she launched the State Department’s Global Women’s Business Initiative to promote women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. Her distinguished career in the private sector and is a recognized marketing and strategy expert having launched products, brands and companies, as well as raised funds for a range of non-profit and political organizations.
Madeline Di Nonno is the Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, the leading non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment and sensitize the industry on gender portrayals and reduce stereotyping in media. Madeline leads the Institute's strategic direction and brings over 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries.

Gail Straub, co-founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on women’s empowerment. She co-founded IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women. The Initiative is currently in 12 countries throughout Africa, Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. Impact Studies done by Johns Hopkins show that after our empowerment intervention (an intensive four day workshop) women are 3 times more likely to report improved income, 10 times more likely to report improved health, and 15 times more likely to report improved relationship including leaving violent marriages. See the I Am and I Can video and read The Missing Piece in the Empowerment Equation.

Hélène-Marie Gosselin, a member of the International Women’s Forum, devoted more than 30 years to women’s empowerment, working for the United Nations system on four continents. From UNICEF’s most successful global event, Sport Aid for Africa with Bob Geldof, to representing the UN family as Commissioner General at two World Expos- Japan 2005 and Portugal 1998- she demonstrated that true commitment to global causes can produce remarkable success. Her field experience and expertise in education, human rights and cultural diversity now inspire her work as an international consultant.

UN Women offered to help lead a global call to action to invite the G7 leaders at the G7 Summit in June  to also put women and girls at the heart of their their International Development strategy as Canada has done. Given that Canada, the host nation is putting the issue of women’s equality front center, let’s seize this unprecedented opportunity to use our collective power to accelerate investment in women and girls. One small change in global policy could mean putting billion of dollars into the hands of women in the years to come. We are at the mark – we are ready to go. Will you join us?

We invite all media, entertainment and tech leaders to join the UN Women’s Global Coalition of Leaders to help UN Women galvanize the world to “Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

Given the urgency of the times, we hope you will do your part. Actualizing the equal status of women and girls is the most profound imperative of the 21st Century.

Achieving gender equality and sustainable development by 2030 will require all of us stepping up efforts on every front. We envisage a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030. Step It Up asks corporate leaders and governments to make national commitments that will close the gender equality gap – from laws and policies to national action plans and adequate investment. NOW is the time to Step It Up!

Strategic Alliances

Partnerships are the foundation for success. WOMEN'S DAY LIVE! will be built upon strategic alliances with established organizations worldwide.

Our goal is to bring together a powerful network of partners to launch a global movement to celebrate, educate, and empower women and girls worldwide.

WOMEN'S DAY LIVE was a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment at the personal invitation of President Clinton. It is a bold and exciting idea whose time has come.

Supporting Strategic Partners
Discussions during development
  • The Global Fund for Women, is the largest Foundation funding womens organizations in 161 countries;
  • CARE, is a pre-eminent charity that works in 66 countries to fight poverty;
  • Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) is an network of over 100 women’s organizations;
  • The Women’s Funding Network, is an umbrella for 160 organizations that fund women’s solutions globally;
  • Women for Women International provides the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability;
  • The National Council of Women’s Organizations, 100 organizations, 20 million women members in America;
  • The National Organization for Women, in 50 states in America;
  • Equality Now, works for protection of women’s human rights around the world;
  • Free the Children – Empowering Youth in 44 countries worldwide, et al;
  • Save the Children – Lasting change for Children in the U.S. and 41 other countries;
  • Initiate collaboration with World March of Women who marched in over 161 countries.
  • The Sisterhood Agenda, is a Global Sisterhood Directory for female empowerment.
Advisory Board


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