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Women Behaving Badly
As the struggle for women's empowerment continues in many low-income countries, there is a general expectation that women who manage to get into leadership positions will be committed to the empowerment struggle. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case. While there are women who have excellently upheld integrity and honesty in their leadership roles, sadly, there are other women who can easily match their male counterparts in corruption, greed and other leadership malfeasance...
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Displacement after war
By Shaheen Sultan Dhanji Pit of oblivion - Has it ever happened you forgetting: your hands hung on smoky trees, your steps dwelling in the winds of yesterdays.....
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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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Water Woes
Throughout history, women have played a central role as stewards of water. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "Women are most often the collectors, users and managers of water in the household as well as farmers of crops. Women and children provide nearly all the water for the household in rural areas." In urban areas, women are often in charge of accessing clean water and ensuring sanitation for their families...
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