A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders


Film Premiere and Panel Discussion

Film Screening from 5:30PM
Discussion from 6:00PM

Asia Society is delighted to host the first official screening of Voice of America’s new documentary, A Single Step, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field. The five women profiled in this film are champions, agents of change, and making the world a better place in China, Japan, Fiji, India, and Liberia.

Please join us for this 30-minute film, followed by a discussion with a top-flight panel of experts on how to reach out to youth around the world with a message of hope—that young people, especially girls, can be involved and active in making positive global change. The panel will also consider progress made since the 1995 Women's Conference in Beijing, the empowerment of girls and women, and what remains to be done.

This timely and important discussion takes place as the UN prepares to adopt new sustainability goals, and the world reflects upon that powerful meeting 20 years ago. It was a moment and event that opened the way for profound conversations and real impact for millions of women the world over.


Aamina Awan leads UN Women’s global youth engagement strategy for the HeForShe Campaign. 

Peggy Liu is Chairperson of Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), a non-profit organization that works to spur international collaboration, global climate change, and is considered a leading voice in China’s sustainability.

Beth Mendelson is the Senior Executive Producer of A Single Step. She is responsible for documentaries and special programming at Voice of America. Beth’s 30-year communication career focuses on issue-oriented programming.

Amina Mohammed is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She has been working in the field of development for more than 30 years both in the public sector and the private sector.

Josette Sheeran is the seventh president and CEO of Asia Society. She is former Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, and deputy U.S. trade representative. In 2011, Forbes named Sheeran the world's 30th most powerful woman.

The Hon. Kevin Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister and as Foreign Minister. As Foreign Minister, he appointed Australia’s first-ever Ambassador for Women and Girls to support the critical role of women in development.


Watch the trailer:


This program made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation

Can’t make it to this program? Tune in to AsiaSociety.org/Live at 6:00pm E.T. for a free live video webcast. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to moderator@asiasociety.org or via Twitter by using the hashtag #AskAsia.

Event Details

Thu 24 Sep 2015
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021
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