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Painting Power and History
When artist Chinwe Uwatse takes her brush in hand, she recreates an ancient tradition of Nigerian women in modern form. Uli was the ancient body painting art form practiced by and for Igbo women, a predominantly Christian ethnic group in Nigeria. Uli artists adorned women's bodies with geometric and organic designs for special occasions or ceremonies, using dark ink that temporarily stained the skin...
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Cultural Change Taking Root with BAOBAB
BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, a non-governmental organization based in Lagos, Nigeria, believes change begins slowly, one woman at a time. But when that one woman connects to another, and then another, the collective momentum can take on a life of it's own.
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Delta on Fire
Nigeria is one of the world's top ten oil producers, and the source of its wealth lies in the southern Niger Delta region. For decades, the clash between multinational oil companies and the Delta people has been a violent one. But in the early 21st century, the face, and means, of protest changed...
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Cultural Wisdom
As the coeditor of the internationally bestselling expatriate women's anthology Tales from the Expat Harem, I contributed my favorite titles to VisualThesaurus.com last year for its “Dog Eared: Books We Love” column. The online tool for writers, students and teachers of writing, and marketing communications professionals worldwide, asked me to share books about the cultural wisdom that historically pools at the intersection of women and travel...
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Follow the Leader
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.
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Congo - Stop Sexual Violence
The Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women, a diverse group of leaders from many nations, including Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Ukraine, and the United States, is deeply concerned about the brutal epidemic of rape and sexual aggression currently being used as a tool of war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo...
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The Curse of Nakedness
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...
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Body As Art
Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions...
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Woman President's Manifesto
This is a poem about transformational leadership. A woman leader with style, strength, compassion, wit, wisdom and the courage to pass on the sceptre.
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Roots of Peace
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...
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