Virtual Webinar: Take Action: End Child Marriage, an Obstacle to Global Development

8 April - 8 April 2020

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This webinar* put on by Zonta International and UNICEF USA will feature speakers who will address the multiple drivers of child marriage, and the effects early marriage has on a girl’s education, health, livelihood opportunities, and her children’s chances for survival and well-being. The webinar will celebrate how far we’ve come, while also looking ahead to how much further we have to go and will inspire mobilization and collaborative implementation to end child marriage.  

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Meeting ID: 136 908 980

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877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)


*This event was previously scheduled during the Commission on the Status of Women.



Dr. Susanne von  Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President and CEO of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation. In 2012, she developed Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women, a campaign that has grown every year since and continues today. She started to work on women’s issues when preparing for her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mass communications research, Roman languages and philosophy. She is a communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications and brand management and worked for major international and publicly held corporations as Director and Vice President of Public Relations. In addition to her professional endeavors and 25-year long involvement with Zonta International, she has been a frequent lecturer with a focus on communications management at German universities.

Zoe Birchall is the Global Policy & Advocacy Officer at Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 900 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. In her role, Zoe develops global-level advocacy strategies and policy recommendations for addressing child marriage and coordinates a network of Girls Not Brides’ members to align and engage in global advocacy opportunities. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Zoe worked in the anti-slavery sector, running human rights campaigns on the subject of modern slavery, and also spent time at the Commonwealth Secretariat working in youth development.

Nankali Maksud is a Senior Advisor for Harmful Practices at UNICEF and the Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. Previously, she served as the Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF Malawi where she was responsible for leading a team which assists the Government of Malawi to establish and strengthen an operational national child protection system that protects children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in addition to mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS. Prior to this position, she was Regional Project Specialist who managed the Children and AIDS Initiative (CARI). Nankali has also worked in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Somalia focusing on the realization of the rights of vulnerable children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and a master’s in International Law.

Ariel Wengroff is the Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer at arfa, Inc. At VICE Media, she was an Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated VICELAND show WOMAN with Gloria Steinem, where at 26 she became the youngest person to be nominated as Executive Producer in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series category. Ariel turned WOMAN into a course at USC Annenberg, helped developed the syllabus and is a guest lecturer. She served as Publisher of Broadly, VICE's women and LGBTQ+ identity channel, where Ariel established Broadly as an internationally recognized brand. As Chief of Staff at VICE, Ariel worked on interviews with President Obama, President George W. Bush, Vice President Biden, Gloria Steinem, Malala, and many more. She is on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Media list and currently serves on the board of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Sad Girls Club, Lesbians Who Tech, VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, and is a former commissioner on the Vermont Commission on Women and former member on the Vermont Board of Libraries.

Rachel Steinberg
is the Senior Director for Global Cause Partnerships with UNICEF USA, where she oversees the management of strategic fundraising partnerships with NGOs in support of UNICEF’s global programs. Rachel works with a wide range of partners, including service and faith-based organizations, like-minded children’s or international development organizations, diaspora organizations, and more. Prior to joining UNICEF USA, Rachel worked for OneVoice, an Israeli and Palestinian NGO focused on grassroots peacebuilding and youth empowerment, most recently serving as the Director of the International Engagement Program. Rachel has also worked in the law firm of Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb, where she covered nonprofit and lobbying law. Rachel holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.