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Women Remaking the World


At the 2016 International Women’s Forum, MIUSA’s signature program for disabled women activists was showcased among competing ideas and inventions for building a better world—and better lives.

For the very first time, International Women’s Forum members from around the world were asked to compete to present their leading-edge ideas and inventions for building a better world—and better lives. MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall, a member of IWF Oregon, was one of three plenary speakers selected to take the stage and make lightning-round presentations about compelling concepts fitting the theme, “Ideas Remaking the World.”

During the plenary, Susan described how women with disabilities from developing countries – who often face double-discrimination – emerge as a source of innovators and change-makers when given opportunities to lead.

Watch the “Power of WILD” – the video submission that led to Susan’s selection as a plenary speaker – on this page to learn more about MIUSA’s signature exchange program, the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability.

The International Women’s Forum is a professional network connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. The International Women’s Forum 2016 World Leadership Conference (#IWF16) is a sold-out conference and expects to welcome over 700 leaders from over 31 nations, including Australia, Israel, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and more.

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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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