Global Seminar Series

global seminar series

Connecting girls to learn & unite with each other to understand their roles in our global community.

Launched in May 2020, the Global Seminar Series aims to provide an opportunity for high school girls globally to connect, learn, and collaborate as they address relevant pressing global issues. The Global Seminar Series prepares students to become informed and empowered to take action by exploring one global issue through an interdisciplinary lens, interacting with experts in various professions, and participating in collaborative group projects. 

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Speakers & Panelists

Our past Global Seminar Series:

  • The Pandemic: A Call to Action (Spring 2020)
  • The State of Democracy and the Global Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election (Fall 2020)
  • Social Media 360: The Unsung Hero or the Insidious Villain? (Winter 2021)
  • Sharing our Global Stories: Making the Invisible Visible (Spring 2021)
  • Global Political Polarization – The Hidden Pandemic (Fall, 2021)
  • The Climate Crisis: From Acknowledgement to Activism (Spring, 2022)
  • Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights: Advancing the Global Conversation Among Youth (Fall 2022)

Join us for Global Seminar Series #8

The Economics of Being Female: The Wealth Gap, The Wage Gap, and What To Do About It


April 29, May 13, and May 20, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET on Zoom

Cost: Free!

Around the world and across income levels, disparities between men and women continue to persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for economic advancement, and unequal representation in important decision-making spaces. Yet women represent 49.7% (according to the United Nations) of the world’s population.

The statistics speak for themselves (from United Nations News):

  • Women are concentrated in lower-paid, lower-skill work.
  • For every dollar men earn, women earn 77 cents.
  • Women are under-represented in decision-making roles.
  • Women carry out at least 2.5 times more unpaid work than men.
  • At the current rate, it will take 257 years to close the global gender pay gap.


It’s time to change this narrative! Our spring virtual Global Seminar Series – The Economics of Being Female: The Wealth Gap, The Wage Gap and What to do about It – will address these important questions:

  • Can our world economy operate at its full potential if half of its population is not fully participating? 
  • In my country, what is the economic disparity women face?
  • What am I going to get paid when I enter the workforce? 
  • How do my identities influence my opportunities and potential earning power?
  • Why are women’s contributions to the economy undervalued? 
  • What role do the economic disparities women face play into our society and countries?


Add your voice to this important conversation on global gender parity! 

it will take 132 years to reach global gender parity

Information on speakers coming soon!

Keynote Speaker

Lolo Cynthia Ihesie, keynote speaker for PCGL's 7th Global Seminar Series focused on women's health

Lolo Cynthia Ihesie

Global Communications and Marketing Lead, VOICE Amplified

Lolo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and it was always assumed that she would eventually study medicine. But when she moved to Johannesburg, South Africa for post-secondary studies in 2009, she stumbled upon opportunities to work within reproductive and sexual health. Lolo knew girls who did not survive unsafe abortions back home and she was drawn to learning how to prevent health issues, rather than treat them. Now 27, Lolo is the Global Communications and Marketing Lead at VOICE Amplified - a feminist organisation working to end violence against women and girls in conflict, crisis and disaster regions. She is also the founder of the popular social enterprise LoloTalks. She empowers communities through comprehensive sex education and menstrual health advocacy every single day. LoloTalks’ motto is “developing communities, one conversation at a time.” She tackles social issues people do not always want to address by organizing events and programs that create awareness, are educational, and foster discussions about stigmatized topics ranging from sexuality to menstrual hygiene.


Maggie Fox, panelist for PCGL's Global Seminar Series

Maggie Fox

Maggie Fox has spent more than 40 years covering the news for radio, television, wire services, digital sites, newspapers and magazines. She’s spent most of the past 25 years specializing in health and science journalism for Reuters,, NBC News, National Journal, and CNN. Maggie has reported on stories about women’s health, infectious diseases such as COVID, Ebola and Zika, cancer, heart disease, stem cell research and other subjects from Washington, DC. Maggie has also reported and edited for Reuters from London, covering stories in Ireland, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, and elsewhere. She’s lived and worked in Hong Kong, covering stories across Asia, and In Beirut, covering the Middle East. She started her career in South Carolina.

Karin Watson Ferrer, panelist of PCGL's Global Seminar Series

Karin Watson Ferrer

Karin Watson Ferrer was born and raised in Chile. She is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Karin is a member of Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective, Co-founder of the “Que se sepa” Project, Co-founder and Graphic Designer at the Re-earth Initiative, member of YES! for Humanity, and Human Rights Education volunteer at Amnistía Internacional Chile.

Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, penalist for PCGL Global Seminar Series on Women's Health

Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba

Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba is the founder and coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network, a regional group that uses budget advocacy to influence adequate health spending and improve transparency and accountability. He is the Global Co-convener of the Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health. In Nigeria, he is a founding member of the National Advocates for Health, a policy and advocacy think-tank engaging in high-level advocacy on health-care financing reforms. In his voluntary capacity he has been a weekly health columnist with the Nigerian newspaper “Daily Trust” for over 17 years and the publisher of an online newspaper “Health Reporters”, which reports on Africa’s health. He holds a MBBS degree from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and a Master of Science in Public Health and post-graduate diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Stay tuned for additional speakers and panelists!

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