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100 Women: Messages to a granddaughter

22 November 2013 Last updated at 15:49 GMT

If you could say just one thing to your granddaughter, what would it be?

As the BBC's 100 Women conference took place at Broadcasting House on 25 October, we asked those taking part to offer words of advice to their granddaughter or to future generations of women.

Some answers were long, some very short indeed. But most were strident and aspirational, liberally sprinkled with doses of hope for a better future.

Contributors (in order of appearance): Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior adviser, Open Society Foundation; Firuza Aliyeva, Associate Director, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy; Pauline Neville-Jones Former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister; Carole Stone, Chair, Advisory Board, think tank YouGov-Cambridge; Anna Arrowsmith, English porn film director; Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre; Rose Hudson-Wilkin, UK-based priest; Helen Clark, Head of UN Development Programme, former New Zealand PM; Efua Dorkenoo, campaigner against female genital mutilation; Sarah Rogers, Voice of Women community radio, Sierra Leone; Caroline Criado-Perez, British journalist and feminist campaigner; Kate Smurthwaite, British stand-up comedian and activist; Gurinder Chadha, British-Asian film director; Leyla Hussein, Co-founder, Daughters of Eve, anti-violence campaigner; Nadia al-Sakkaf Editor, Yemen Times; Judith Webb, first female commander of all-male British Army squadron; Bettany Hughes, historian and broadcaster; Kanya King, CEO and founder, Mobo; Divya Sharma, Indian electronics and communications engineer; Sarah Walker, Head of the English Collective of Prostitutes, Aditi Mittal, Indian comedian

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