Stepping away briefly from his Comedy Central work, he spent time at the Women in the World Summit, an event that included U.N. Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Hillary Clinton and even some members of Pussy Riot. As for Jon, he moderated a panel about women after the Arab Spring.
+ Jon Stewart Discusses Women’s Rights in the Arab World
The Arab Spring was a group of protests, riots and fighting that started in 2010 and happened in the Arab world. Jon did more listening than talking during this, of course, making sure that the women on the panel got a chance to speak. But he’s just another example of men understanding and getting involved with work for women’s rights.
Speaking about making changes, Jon did say, “In modern times, we are impatient about change. But we should be optimistic. It took us 150 years just to free our slaves.” And while talking about women’s rights in the Arab world, he also spoke about women’s rights in America, pointing out we still have yet to elect a female president.
After the panel, he also talked about the fact people really can make positive change by standing up for what we believe in. “I still naively believe that we can all make a difference,” Jon said. “We can all make a difference even just by learning more.”
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