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Iman Shaggag

Sudan

  • Geographic Location: Africa


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:00 AM

This is a poem about transformational leadership. A woman leader with style, strength, compassion, wit, wisdom and the courage to pass on the sceptre.

Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai gained international recognition when she mobilized women across Kenya to plant trees, took on the country's corrupt dictator, and became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Friday, July 11, 2008 3:06 PM

When Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, she also became the first Nobel laureate to make the link between keeping peace and conserving the environment. "Indeed," said Maathai, "the state of any country's environment is a reflection of the kind of governance in place, and without good governance there can be no peace."

Politics? Perhaps in another life.
Entrenched gender roles are the main reason women are underrepresented in politics, says Beaunez. Who has time for politics when a woman is expected to work, shop, clean, cook and raise children, all at the same time?

Friday, July 11, 2008 5:17 PM

Women don't have a sense of humor. Women don't care about politics. Women don't want to be politicians. For eight years, these false truisms formed a haunting soundtrack to French cartoonist Catherine Beaunez's life.

Women of the Niger Delta united across ethnic lines in the face of environmental damage and economic hardship caused by oil mining...

Friday, April 24, 2009 10:25 AM

A woman's body is both revered and feared in cultural traditions from East to West. It is immortalized as "pin-up girl" and simultaneously mystified as mother. A community of women in Nigeria, however, proved that a woman's body is enough to bring one of the largest oil companies to the bargaining table. When their words were not being heard, they made themselves be seen...by threatening to strip naked in public.

An anonymous artist depicts Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as a modern-day African Mona Lisa. She looms large, her portrait spanning an entire building wall.  It exudes power, confidence, authority and her secret weapon--a sense of humor.

Monday, July 01, 2013 10:26 PM

On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took the oath of office as Africa's first elected female head of state. A team of filmmakers followed her through her first year in office and the documentary Iron Ladies of Liberia is the result.

Amena, 35 Gazipur, Bangladesh
Every year, seven thousand women graduate from the Rural Maintenance Program and start their own businesses. The program targets the most disadvantaged women in the country, most of whom are widowed, divorced or abandoned.

Friday, July 11, 2008 4:23 PM

Too often words like ignorant, impoverished and oppressed are used to describe women in the Global South. Collectively, Westerners tend to imagine these women as victims. Recent efforts to put economic resources in these women's hands have changed the way they experience and express their power. Governments, schools and civil society organizations alike have recognized that arming women with small loans, as well as helping them develop skills necessary to run their own businesses, benefits women, their families and their communities.

Below you will find profiles of five women who have benefited from microcredit loans. Their stories are part of a photography collection Women Empowered, Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. The photographer Phil Borges captured these photographs and stories for CARE's international campaign for women's economic empowerment. All five women speak of hope, power, leadership and agency and echo the affirmation that CARE strives to instill in women everywhere: "I am powerful."


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