Today in New York City, Airbnb’s co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Joe Gebbia, represented Airbnb at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  We were pleased to join No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, Vital Voices Global Partnership, WEConnect International, and a coalition of over 30 core partners from the public, private, and multilateral sectors to launch “Girls, Women and the Global Goals,” a coalition of partners advancing CGI Commitments to Action that will address significant gender gaps and advance the gender equality targets of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of our ongoing work around women’s empowerment and economic participation, we are thrilled to support Vital Voices Global Partnership and Global Fund for Women by supporting the travel needs of 160 high potential women leaders for professional development and networking opportunities, peer-to-peer learning across sectors and regions, advancing market access opportunities for their small businesses, and spreading awareness about their human rights activities through speaking engagements and convenings.

With 55% of our host community around the world being made up of women, many of whom use their supplemental income to pursue their passions and gain economic empowerment, we believe that Airbnb can play an active role in supporting women’s equality.

“We are thrilled to be supporting the efforts of our partners at Vital Voices and Global Fund for Women in their work to improve the lives of women around the world,” said Joe, “and we’re committed to do our part in supporting female entrepreneurs and the economic equality of women.”

We are continually grateful to the individuals and organizations around the world that are charting the path forward to achieve significant progress in the lives of women and girls, and are delighted to launch this effort alongside so many other private and public sector partners.