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1/2 — Adwoa Aboah is part of a star-studded roster of speakers who spoke at this year's Women in the World Summit in NYC.



This Week In Women: Women In The World

The Women in the World Summit convened in New York City on Wednesday, kicking off a two-day event that’s bringing together activists, leaders and “courageous movers and shakers” for a first-person telling of their stories. The 10th anniversary of the auspicious event is marked with speakers, such as Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stacey Abrams, Anna Wintour, Brie Larson, Cindy McCain, Adwoa Aboah, Maria Ressa, Christiana Figueres, Jill and Faith Soloway and more. “This year’s Summit is such a milestone event with our 10th anniversary; it is clearer than ever that the mission has met its moment,” said Tina Brown, founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World. “The seeds we’ve planted as far back as 2009 in a small midtown theater have exploded into a global community of women of power and purpose.”

Follow along for more Summit news and posting with the hashtag #WITW. And read on for more This Week in Women!

ACLU: “We’ll See You in Court.” 

The ACLU, NARAL and pro-choice groups have their hands full with a busy legislative season. A swath of Republican-controlled state governments are taking a concerted approach to voting on and passing legislation that directly contests women’s rights to reproductive healthcare protected under Roe v. Wade.

This week another “fetal heartbeat” bill was signed in Ohio by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, joining similar versions in Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia. In the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee this week a bill was introduced that could, if voted into law, make it possible to charge women and their healthcare providers with capital murder. The bill is still in committee but the message is loud and clear.

“Georgia is not alone. Over a dozen states have introduced or passed similar legislation. Make no mistake, that this is an attempt to gut Roe and criminalize abortion nationwide,” said NARAL President Ilyse Hogue. “Georgia is not the first state, but we can make it the last state when we all speak out together and say that this will not stand, that we will fight through every means necessary to make sure that this country puts front and center the health, well-being, and fundamental freedom and justice for women and families to determine our own destiny and our own future.”

Oprah and Prince Harry Announce Collaboration on New Docu-Series

Coming to an Apple TV near you, is a collaboration-made-in-heaven: Oprah and Prince Harry are co-starring in a new docs-series about mental health.

The series co-created and executively produced by the pair will air in 2020 and cover a range of issues around the topics mental illness and mental wellness with the goal of “inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive.”

“I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times,” Prince Harry said in his official Instagram statement. “Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”

Oprah recently announced that she is partnering with Apple+ TV, which will launch in Fall 2019, to “leave this world a little it smart, kinder, and better than we found it” through programming that encourages viewers to find “common ground.”

Featured image courtesy of Emanuele D’Angelo

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