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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

“Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue” @mverveer #hwhtw

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer has penned a brilliant and compelling piece on women for Foreign Policy.  A must-read!

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won’t be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

On a trip to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, not long after my appointment as the U.S. State Department’s ambassador at large for global women’s issues, I stopped for dinner with a group of Afghan women activists in Kabul. One woman opened our conversation with a plea: “Please don’t see us as victims, but look to us as the leaders we are.”

Those words have stuck with me as President Barack Obama’s administration has endeavored to put women at the heart of its foreign policy. For generations, the United States too often viewed the world’s women as victims of poverty and illiteracy, of violence and seemingly unbreakable cultural traditions — essentially, as beneficiaries of aid. Women’s issues existed on the margins, segregated from the more “strategic” issues of war, peace, and economic stability. Now, in a time of transformative change — from the rise of new economic powers to a growing chorus of voices against repressive regimes in the Arab world — promoting the status of women is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one; it’s essential to economic prosperity and to global peace and security. It is, in other words, a strategy for a smarter foreign policy.

Read the full article: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_women_are_a_foreign_policy_issue

April 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

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

HWHTW is Global! #hwhtw

WordPress has (finally) started showing info on where our blogs’ readers are coming from, and wow!  All the orange on this map shows that HWHTW is being read all over the world.  HWHTW readers hail from 77 countries – our biggest following is in the U.S., followed by India, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Pakistan.  We’ve also had visitors from Belgium, Brazil, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bahrain… and that’s just the ones that start with “B”!  Welcome, everyone, and thanks for spreading the word about HWHTW!

March 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

“A matter of judgement”: An Afghan woman on the High Council of the Supreme Court?

“In what would be a long-awaited milestone, a woman is soon expected to be shortlisted for a seat in Afghanistan’s top judicial body.

“’We are waiting for the list that would introduce members of the Supreme Court to the lower house of Parliament, and we are very hopeful to see a woman candidate in the list,’ said Fawzia Kofi, the head of the Committee on Women’s Affairs in the Wolesi Jirga (lower house).

“But it is not merely a matter of high hopes. In previous discussions with Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi and President Hamid Karzai, Kofi and other female MPs were assured that a woman would finally make the running for one of the nine places on the top bench.

“’We will not forget this until we see a woman on the High Council of the Supreme Court,’ Kofi told Afghanistan Today…”

Read the full article: http://www.afghanistan-today.org/article/?id=196

February 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

“More room for women at the top” in Australia #hwhtw

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 2011 was a big year for Australian women in business, but there’s more work to be done!

“A RECORD was quietly broken last month – several times over. On December 1, amid last year’s hectic round of annual meetings and shareholder votes, seven women were appointed to the boards of ASX200 companies – bringing the number of female director appointments this year to an all-time high of 60, one more than 2010’s 59.

“The next day, Helen Coonan joined the board of Crown – bringing the total to 61. Sharon Doyle joining Cabcharge took it to 62 later in the month – then there were another three before Christmas, bringing the total to 65. It signed off a year in which women accounted for 40 per cent of new board appointments to ASX50 companies – to now make up almost 19 per cent of all ASX50 directors.

“While still very much in the minority, women now have a bigger presence on big company boards than ever before. In terms of boosting diversity on Australian boards, it has been a year of ”real progress”, says Jillian Segal, an ASX and National Australia Bank director.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/executive-women/more-room-for-women-at-the-top-20120101-1ph1c.html#ixzz1lGFORe2p

http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/executive-women/more-room-for-women-at-the-top-20120101-1ph1c.html

February 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

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