About Global Count
What is the Global Count?
For our 5th Annual Mobilisation Event, Women’s March Global has partnered with a number of movements and organisations to go further than ever before in global collective action. The Global Count is a poll which will map critical issues facing women in order to redefine how women’s opinions, needs, and perspectives are taken into consideration by governments, institutions and international organisations. Every single woman counts, and should have the opportunity to unite and be counted at this turning point in our world’s history.
About the Global Count Steering Committee?
At the core of this campaign is the coming together and collaboration of like-minded movements and networks. To ensure that this data is extensive and representative enough to inform future efforts to progress gender equality, this project is a joint effort between Women’s March Global as well as various ally movements, organisations, donors, and policy-makers striving to have more impact by responding to hyper-local-level data.
Our core partners are CIVICUS, Girl Up, CARE, White Ribbon Alliance, and Global Fund For Women. Our core distribution partner is Facebook so that we can reach as many women as possible. Our peer reviewers include Kimberlé Crenshaw (African American Policy Forum), the University of Maryland, Impact Mapper, and Plan International.
‘Model, Activist, and Writer, Munroe Bergford calls on the women of the world to be counted in the Global Count’.
The ‘Global Count’ has an array of women’s rights activists available for comment about the campaign. Please see their biographies below. Chapter Heads across all continents are also available for regional media, as well as representatives from the ‘Global Count’ Steering Committee on request.
Board Member, Women’s March Global.
Uma Mishra-Newbery is a global social justice and women’s rights leader, transformative speaker and the former Executive Director of Women’s March Global. Her transparent, visionary yet grounded leadership was instrumental in furthering the mobilisation and assembly of women globally around women’s rights issues with Women’s March Global.
Uma has organised and built coalitions around the issues of women’s human rights defenders, freedom of association and assembly, bodily autonomy, LGBTQIA+ rights, and white supremacy in the women’s rights and funding space. As a leader in the global women’s rights movement Uma has been interviewed by CNN, AlJazeera, Jane Dutton, Newsweek, Devex and published by Ms. Magazine, TIME, and IPS.
Uma helped to bring Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain AlHathloul’s story to the United Nations and was instrumental in coordinating efforts for Lina AlHathloul’s first statement in support of Loujain at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Uma and Lina are co-authors of the upcoming children’s picture book, Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers.
Uma has been profiled by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in their I Stand With Her Campaign and is a noted speaker at global conferences. She currently serves on the board of directors of Minority Veterans of America and Women’s March Global and is the Initiator of and lead facilitator for The Racial Equity Index.
Betsy Scolnik, Board Chair
Women’s March Global
Betsy Scolnik has had the opportunity to work for the world’s leading commercial and philanthropic organizations. She is a communications and content strategist that focuses on measurable change and impact.
Prior to launching her own business, Betsy was the Director of Content and Distribution for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There she was in charge of the foundation’s content and distribution strategies and production efforts, as well as the foundation’s digital presence. Scolnik developed the foundation’s innovative approach to audience targeting and measurement of its cross-platform media efforts. She helped raise awareness of the foundation’s mission and the issues it focuses on.
Prior to the foundation, Scolnik was the President of Digital Media for National Geographic. There she oversaw National Geographic’s digital operations, NationalGeographic.com. She also managed the National Geographic digital film archive and short-form video programming, production, and distribution. Additionally, she led National Geographic’s initiatives in the wireless, gaming, broadband, and education markets.
Scolnik also held a wide range of multi-platform content development, operational, communications and strategy roles, including senior roles at AOL Time Warner and Xerox. At AOL she led their digital entertainment programming and promotion outside of the US and was the lead producer of the Live 8 global concert.
Scolnik was the co-producer of TEDWomen from its beginning in 2010 through 2016.
Betsy’s expertise and experience in the connection of audience targeting, distribution, and measurement has given her the breadth of knowledge and passion required to have impact in a multi-platform world.
Betsy earned her degree in International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley and attended New York University’s graduate school. Betsy is also fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese, French, and Italian.
Betsy is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Women’s March Global Inc.
Board Member, Women’s March Global
Najet was elected the vice president of “La ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l’Homme”, an association that has observed and defended human rights in Tunisia since 1976. La ligue Tunisienne des Drotis de l’Homme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 with three other national organizations, for its efforts to broker a peaceful political compromise in Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution of 2010/11.
Najet is also the founder and president of a feminist association (Felha pour la Culture et la Citoyenneté) involved at the regional level (Ben Arous), the association has helped women who are victims of abuse to submit a file to the “Commission of dignity and truth “ within the context of the traditional justice. She is the co-founder of “Tunisian women against corruption network.”
For her work Najet has been honored by the president of the national commission against corruption and received the Anti-Corruption Distinguished Award. Najet is also a member of the international network of transitional justice and the network on “Torture & Terrorism ” under the auspices of the OMCT.
Najet has spoken at multiple global conferences, has authored numerous articles and publications in relation to human rights.
Board Member, Women’s March Global
Mwanahamisi Singano (Mishy) is African Feminist, who heads programs at African Women’s Development and Communication Network – (FEMNET). She has extensive experience in socioeconomic programing, policy advocacy, and development campaigns.
For over 10 years, Ms. Singano led and engaged in promoting and protecting rights of women in their diversities. In that quests, she has worked on climate change, violence against women, inequality, financial inclusion, women’s empowerment, land rights, farmers’ and food rights in different countries in Africa. Ms Singano is also a trainer, writer, and passionate activist.
Mishy is on the Board of Directors for Women’s March Global Inc.
American lawyer, civil rights advocate, and peer-reviewer of the ‘Global Count’, said:
“Women’s March Global has taken strides to show that the people of the world are stronger when uniting in collective action. The 2021 Global Count gives people a say in the many issues they confront on a daily basis. And while we may not be able to march in person this year, we can still speak as part of a global movement. I urge all people, across all continents, to have their voices counted in this one-of-a-kind survey.”
Programme Director, Women’s March Global, said:
“As a global movement, Women’s March Global knows that our freedom and liberation is dependent upon each other. Every year since 2017 we have built our capacity to mobilise and assemble around critical issues. However, it’s time that we truly understand and collect data on what issues people face around the world. Data around these key issues on a global and local level is scarce. Yet, it is vitally needed, not only for movements, but local collectives, funding institutions and the nonprofit sector at large. The data collected from Global Count will be shared across these spaces and will put power directly in the hands of the people who take the survey. We know how powerful global mobilisation can be and so we are asking everyone in 2021 to join us online, from every continent to ensure all voices are counted.”
Credits and Tags
The ‘Global Count’ will run from 21 January – 8 March, as women participate in a global poll for their rights. For further information, please visit globalcount.org
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Key Messages for The Global Count
- There is an urgent need to better map critical issues facing women across the globe. The Global Count is setting the foundation for women to define how global institutions will work toward gender equity.
- The Global Count is a poll of all gender diverse, non-binary, trans women and people who idenfity as women, from every country, culture and racial background around the globe. It’s our world and our voice.
- Human rights authorities are declaring that gender-based violence and inequities are as bad as they were 25 years ago. In 2021, The Global Count will redefine how global institutions work toward gender equity.
- The Global Count is supported by a coalition of some of the world’s most respected women’s rights organisations, including Care International, FRIDA, White Ribbon Alliance, Civicus, GirlUp, and Global Fund for Women, as well as leading women’s movements on every continent; the poll itself is peer-reviewed by sector leaders including Kimberlé Crenshaw, University of Maryland, Impact Mapper and Survey Monkey.
- The Global Count will run from 21 Jan (the day we’d normally march) to 8 March (International Women’s Day). As participants complete the poll, they will be encouraged to share it with their network with the mobilising call to action: #WeCount.
About Women’s March Global
On 21 January 2017 millions of women and allies around the world, many who would never before have called themselves feminists or women’s human rights defenders, took to the streets because we knew we had to make ourselves seen and heard.
We are now a network of 100+ Chapters and thousands of Members worldwide who continue to take action every day in our local communities to advance women’s human rights.
Guided by the values of collaboration, radical empathy, and solidarity, we prioritise mobilisation across focus areas to build coalitions with truly grassroots organisers. Our goal is to amplify and support their work.
Women’s March Global’s mission is to mobilise and assemble the most impactful actions to defend women’s human rights globally.
Women’s March Global’s vision is a world where all people acknowledge that our freedom is dependent on one another, and we work together to achieve a just, equitable, and dignified life for all.
The Women’s March Global Unity Principles provide a fleshed out framework for our vision.