The Wyss Foundation has announced a $5 million commitment from board chair Hansjörg Wyss in support of a Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation initiative to accelerate the full participation of women and girls in political, civil, economic, social, and cultural life.
Launched in November, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project will review, evaluate, and share the progress women and girls have made since the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing in 1995. Led by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — who highlighted at that conference how women and girls' full participation is critical to global progress, development, and security — the initiative will bring together international institutions, governments, businesses, NGOs, and others to conduct a comprehensive global review of the gains that have been made by women and girls — and the gaps that remain. Based on the data, which will be made available to leaders, advocates, and the public, Clinton will outline a twenty-first-century agenda for accelerating full participation for women and girls around the world.
The Wyss Foundation's $5 million commitment marks the launch of the foundation's Women's Equality Program, which will support projects in women's health, economic empowerment, and political participation and leadership.
"There is no more important step we can take toward a more just, prosperous, and stable world than building societies in which women and girls are empowered and have equal opportunities," said Wyss, who became a signatory to the Giving Pledge earlier this month. "With Secretary Clinton’s leadership, the No Ceilings project will help mobilize public and private resources to overcome the barriers to opportunity and participation that prevent women — and our societies — from achieving their full potential."