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New Social Enterprise Aims to Promote Women Speakers

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Veteran public speaker, lawyer and human rights activist Orit Kopel (Christian Charisius/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:04 PM

A project aiming to amplify women's "unique voices in the public discourse" has been launched by veteran public speaker, lawyer, and human rights activist Orit Kopel.

With Glass Voices, Kopel lays out her social enterprise — a non-profit to promote women — that sets an ambitious goal to confront "gender inequality in all fields, and particularly the gender imbalance seen among keynote speakers and participants at professional conferences and public expert panels."

Kopel is co-founder of WikiTribune and the Jimmy Wales Foundation for freedom of expression.

"Glass Voices was created in order to shed light on the gender imbalance in the public discourse," Kopel said in a statement to Newsmax. "We are used to seeing a panel of men, featuring only one or two women at best, while assuming that there just aren't enough women specialists in the field. I want to challenge this presumption.'

"My goal is challenging the gender imbalance in the public sphere and presenting to the next generations many more inspiring women as role models," she added.

Included so far on the speakers' roster is Vera Kobalia, who served as the country of Georgia's minister of economy and sustainable development.

"Brilliant women have professional expertise in tech, business, science, journalism, economics, security, law, education, politics, and more," a statement on the site declares.

"They should all be granted greater opportunities to have their voices heard."

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Promoting women's public speakers, a social enterprise aiming to amplify women's "unique voices in the public discourse" has been launched by veteran public speaker, lawyer, and human rights activist Orit Kopel.
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