Caterpillar strongly believes in the power and importance of women and girls. Earlier this month, in support of our Together.Stronger strategy, the Caterpillar Foundation led efforts for the United Nation’s Girl Up Campaign and International Day of the Girl—an annual initiative observed on October 11th of each year that promotes the rights and opportunities of girls across the globe and highlight the challenges girls continue to face.

This year, Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan helped launch the Girl Project’s campaign "A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls Education" live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Using Skype technology, attendees had a real-time, global conversation about the challenges and opportunities they face in obtaining a quality education with girls around the world, including girls from Washington, D.C., Peru, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. Click here to view a recording of the live event.

On the same day, Caterpillar Foundation Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Zammuto chatted with CNN International on how Caterpillar is focused on empowering and educating women and girls in order to alleviate poverty. Click here to view the broadcast.

In September, Caterpillar also launched She Is –a movement to educate the world on energy poverty and how when you empower a woman, you can change the world. The She Is campaign tells the stories of women empowered through energy access and highlights Caterpillar’s gift of power to Dr. Nathalie Colas of St. Luke’s hospital.

By combining the enduring power of women in communities all over the world, and the sustainability and strength of Caterpillar products, we are making progress on our mission to empower 50 million people to rise out of extreme poverty by 2020.

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