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International Women’s Media Foundation Announces 2012 Award Winners @IWMF #hwhtw

The IWMF 2012 awards honor 4 brave women journalists with Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards:

“An imprisoned Ethiopian newspaper columnist wrongly convicted of treason after criticizing the government, a Palestinian writer threatened and beaten for covering politics in Gaza and a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Azerbaijani investigative reporter targeted in a smear campaign after reporting on corruption are the IWMF’s 2012 Courage in Journalism Award winners.

“Reeyot Alemu, 31, a columnist for the Ethiopian newspaper Feteh, is in prison for 14 years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and participation in a terrorist organization.  Asmaa al-Ghoul, 30, a Palestinian blogger and writer, regularly receives death threats and has been beaten by Hamas security forces while covering protests. Khadija Ismayilova, 35, a talk show host on RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service who covers corruption and abuse of power by the government elite, was threatened and had surveillance cameras planted in her apartment in an effort to silence her.

“Pakistani media pioneer Zubeida Mustafa — the first woman reporter at Dawn English-language newspaper who promoted women’s equality in the newsroom — is the IWMF’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Mustafa, 70, worked for three decades as Pakistan’s oldest newspaper and enacted hiring policies to promote women.  She continues to write columns for the newspaper.

“These inspiring women will be honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation at award ceremonies in New York on Oct. 24 and in Los Angeles on Oct. 29.”

Read more: http://iwmf.org/honoring-courage.aspx

May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Event: “When Women Lead Africa: A Roundtable” @VitalVoices #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion

Featuring: 

Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Eva Muraya, and Kah Walla

We are delighted to welcome Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Eva Muraya and Kah Walla to Vital Voices for a panel discussion on the unique contributions of women’s leadership, changes in public perceptions of women leaders, and the opportunities and challenges for a new model of leadership in Africa.

Monday, May 21, 2012

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Location: Vital Voices Global Partnership

1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Or watch live via Ustream!

Learn more or register: http://www.vitalvoices.org/get-involved/events/when-women-lead-africa-roundtable-discussion

May 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

“Malawi’s Joyce Banda puts women’s rights at centre of new presidency” via @VitalVoices @Guardian #hwhtw

Malawi’s new president is tough, smart, and savvy… and she’s pledged to pursue positive change for African women.

Malawi’s Joyce Banda puts women’s rights at centre of new presidency

‘I’m carrying this heavy load on behalf of all women,’ says first female president in southern Africa after foiling coup

For 48 turbulent hours she was the victim of a conspiracy that left the future of Malawi hanging in the balance. Then Joyce Banda made a critical phone call to the head of the army, asking if she could rely on his support. He said yes. And at that moment her place in history was assured.

“You ask how I feel to be the first female president in southern Africa?” she said in an interview. “It’s heavy for me. Heavy in the sense that I feel that I’m carrying this heavy load on behalf of all women. If I fail, I will have failed all the women of the region. But for me to succeed, they all must rally around.”

Read the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/29/malawi-president-joyce-banda-women-rights

May 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Global Marketplace at the NMWA, May 12-13 @WomenInTheArts #hwhtw #dc @dcculture #passportdc

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by supporting women artisans from all over the world at the National Museum of Women in the Arts?

“The Global Marketplace features jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories, and home decor created by women artisan groups living in emerging economies throughout the world. Exhibitors representing the craftswomen will also discuss the arts as a powerful vehicle of economic development.

“Celebrating its 25th anniversary, NMWA hosts its third annual Global Marketplace in conjunction with Passport DC.

“The Global Marketplace is part of NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art initiative, and proceeds from the two-day event go directly to the women artisans. Countries represented include: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Swaziland, Turkey, Vietnam among others.”

For hours, directions, and more info: http://www.nmwa.org/events/global-marketplace

April 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Room to Read: “Promoting Literacy. Empowering Girls.” @RoomtoRead #hwhtw

Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.  Room to Read has distributed 10 million books and reached 6 million children so far.

If you’ll be in DC on May 3rd, you can support Room to Read in style at the DC Spring Gala and Dinner!  To learn more about the gala, register, or make a donation even if you can’t attend: http://www.roomtoread.org/document.doc?id=624

And to learn more about Room to Read: http://www.roomtoread.org

April 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

“Five Poverty-Fighting Women to Watch” #hwhtw @Daily_Good @AshleyJudd @leila_c @Samasource @pooreconomics @jnovogratz @acumenfund @hpglobalcitizen

A fantastic article from Daily Good!  Props to Ashley Judd for retweeting.

“These five women are fighting poverty in a serious way, but they’re not handing out aid. We hope to see them scale up their models this year and make an even bigger impact.”

Here’s the list:

  • Leila Janah of Samasource
  • Esther Duflo of MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (see post: “Women as Policy Makers”)
  • Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund (one of my favorite speakers from TEDWomen!)
  • Gabi Zedlmayer, leader of Hewlett-Packard’s global social innovations team
  • Shainoor Khoja, who is using technology to address the world’s poverty challenges

Read more!  http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=206

March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

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