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Tina Brown Kicks Off Women in the World 2013 with Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and More

Tina Brown

Credit: Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown for Newsweek Daily Beast

For the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Tina Brown and Newsweek Daily Beast gathered remarkable women of all stripes to highlight their sisters around the globe and provide solutions to atrocities like the honor killings in Pakistan and the tens of thousands of rapes in Syria.

In her opening remarks Thursday at Lincoln Center, Brown urged everyone in attendance to take Sheryl Sandberg‘s advice a step further and “lean ON” companies and governments to do a better job at protecting and propelling women forward.  [Read her full remarks on the issue at MediaJobsDaily.]

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Next, luminaries like Meryl Streep, Lauren Bush Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, and Angelina Jolie introduced “The Woman I’m Here For,” where they spotlighted those who were changing their communities for the better.

Panel discussions were led by Barbara Walters (Women in Syria), Charlie Rose (South Africa’s New Power Player), and Christiane Amanpour (The Next Generation of Malalas). Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy called being on the panel with Amanpour a “full circle” experience and recalled the moment she first saw Amanpour on CNN and said, “I want to be her.”

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

And, although Jolie is known for her humanitarian efforts, it was Brown who said she couldn’t let the actress leave without thanking her for her $200,000-plus donation to the Malala Fund.

If you can’t make it to Day 2 of the conference today, watch the live stream here.

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