According to the World Economic Forum, “it will be 118 years before women have the same career prospects as men. No country in the world has closed its gender gap. Even as female leaders steer multinationals and major economies, the reality in 2016 is a working world which still excludes, underpays, overlooks and exploits half of its available talent.” This is something about which human-rights lawyer Orit Kopel is passionate.
Orit is the founder of Glass Voices, an organization dedicated to empowering women to pursue leadership roles in society and amplify their voices in the public sphere and professional settings. “Women still experience gender inequality and, although the women’s rights movement did bring progress, we’re not quite there yet.”
Orit cofounded and served as vice president of business development at WikiTribune, a novel Wiki-based news platform that brings together volunteers and hired professional journalists in an effort to create a collaborative news space. Orit is also CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, which advocates for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online.