Zainab Salbi: “It’s No Longer About Policy”

June 12, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

zainab salbi photoThis morning I had the privilege of hearing one of my personal heroes, Zainab Salbi, speak on “U.S. Foreign Policy Addressing Violence in Global Hot Spots”. Zainab, the founder of Women for Women International, urged the need for action, not just words. “Now is the time to push.”

She outlined 4 key issues of focus for U.S. Foreign Policy:

1. Inconsistency. How can we require Sudan to include women in its peace negotiating team when the U.S. team is not 50% women?

2. Being more conservative than the cultures where we work. Under Saddam, Iraqi women could go to a store and receive rations like any other citizen; the U.S. distributes food rations from mosques, where women do not have equal standing.

3. Walking the walk. We are now talking the talk, but we need measurement of results so we can hold our own government accountable.

4. Public awareness. We have many resolutions and policies on women’s rights, but no one outside the activist community knows what they are. An awareness campaign is needed to reach all men and women.

Her closing thought: “It’s no longer about policy.” Now is the time for action.

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