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Womens' Breakfast of Champions - with special guest Gerardo Porteny Backal

Posted: 11-Jun-2015 by Maccabi NSW

We have a very special Women's breakfast on next week July 17 at 7.30am - being hosted by one of our long term supporters and Chairperson of the Maccabi Sports Centre Board - Elaine Smaller -  at her home in Rose Bay.  We have just a handful of spots still available - there is no charge to come along, so here is a bit about the incredibly interesting speaker that will be there. Gerardo Porteny Backal is a youth leader, philanthropist and social innovator  - a restless human rights activist, actively supporting the life improvement of women and girls globally. Gerardo served as the consultant of global youth engagement for UN Women, working on the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality, out of the executive office in NY.
He founded five NGO’s based in Mexico City, the first one being Pink Life Against Breast Cancer, which he founded when he was 16 years old. This organisation has raised more than $1,150,000 MXN for the fight against breast cancer, rallied more than 3500 youth and kids to raise awareness about the cause using the “Pink Life” sweatshirt he created. While leading Pink Life, he has organized multiple social, cultural, academic and sport events highlighting two marathons.
Working in the field of breast cancer and supporting hundreds of women on the grassroots level, Gerardo sensed the vast inequalities that they faced. He immediately engaged in the gender equality conversation and soon realized the need for male participation. As a result, he then founded Young Men for Gender Equality, a global youth coalition operating in 40+ countries for the advancement of women rights.
Gerardo has imparted his inspiring philosophies through a wide array of public speaking presentations, from TED talks in London to panels at UNICEF in New York. He has conducted dynamic speeches at several universities and schools amongst them NYU and Stony Brook talking about youth engagement with philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Recently, Gerardo was the key note speaker for the Nexus Australia Youth Summit, The Oslo Saloon and the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.
Gerardo is 20 years old and is the youngest mentor for the United Nations Youth Fund; he has studied business and law in Universidad Iberoamericana and the University of Oxford, and is currently studying political science at New York University.
Please let me know if you would like to join us on 17th June and if you have any friends you think might also be interested in attending.
If you would like to hear Gerardo in an intimate breakfast environment - please send an email to Ruth Nissim -

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