The Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan organization established by former president Bill Clinton and the William J. Clinton foundation, held its annual meeting in New York on Tuesday. This year's gathering, conducted under extremely tight security, drew 1,300 participants from 90 countries, Clinton noted in his opening remarks. Those gathered included 67 heads of state, 600 captains of corporations and 500 leaders of non-governmental organizations. In its six years of existence, CGI, has come to be viewed as the World Series of networking. Speakers including Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and Richard C. Holbrooke, the State Department's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, agreed that attention and action must be put to global women's issues such as sexual violence and health concerns. Those in attendance were expected to make a commitment to action in making men and boys part of the solution for these issues, as well. The need for male participation in global women's issues became apparent when Indian women told Mallika Dutt, executive director of the human rights organization Breakthrough that "unless men get involved, we're not going to get anywhere."
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