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Impatient Optimists: “If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World” #hwhtw #IWD12

A great post (with fun graphic!) from the Gates Foundation, as part of its International Women’s Day coverage.

If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World

Haven Ley

A breakthrough year with a new global agenda

The importance of highlighting rural women throughout the developing world, and their role in farming, is an exciting and critical message as we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, those of us supporting rural women in agricultural development were given an extraordinary gift in the form of a focused and data-rich global agenda for women’s empowerment in agriculture.

Initiated by two documents, the 2012 World Development Report and the State of Food and Agriculture Report, and supported by groundbreaking new evidence, this global call to action focuses attention on key disparities in access to and use of agricultural resources (tools, land, and even knowledge) between poor women and men farmers. These reports offer a look at just how much more can be grown — and grown more effectively — if the “gender gaps” between women and men farmers were closed.

This new global agenda, with a focus on the gender gap, unites everyone from global donors to Agricultural Ministers to non-profit organizations. We all have concrete roles to play to ensure women farmers are able to access the tools they need to feed their families.

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March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

“Hillary Clinton’s Next Act: Making Half the World’s Leaders Women” #hwhtw

Great post on a cool new program…

Hillary Clinton’s Next Act: Making Half the World’s Leaders Women

December 20, 2011 12:00 am by Kim Pearson in News & Politics

The Women in Public Service Project, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new initiative to shepherd a new generation of women into politics and policymaking around the globe, could prove to be the most significant public diplomacy move since the Kennedy Administration launched the Peace Corps fifty years ago. It could also be a game-changer for the Seven Sisters Colleges (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley), with whom Clinton has partnered. The project’s goal is to ensure that by 2050, half of the world’s government officials will be women. They plan to accomplish this goal by offering leadership training, mentoring and support for scholarly research on women in public service.

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February 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me”

Here’s a fascinating article with video from CNN on Iraqi women’s rights activist Noof Assi.

Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me

By Arwa Damon, CNN

September 12, 2011 — Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)

“The heading on 21-year-old Noof Assi’s blog page is the classic Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

She is often at the forefront of demonstrations in Iraq demanding basic services and reforms — but her road from child to activist has been dogged by bloodshed and violence.

She said: “I have to be the change, not to change people and stay the same. So I did it, I am trying to do it. I am not the girl that goes to the protests from the beginning with the boys, all this stuff.”

Noof is a fabric design major turned activist and blogger, working at the human rights group, al-Amal, which means hope.

She shows us what she wrote a few years ago. “I dream to sleep without painkillers. I dream to wake up in a home that gives me love and hope, not to end up in a grave.””

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October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

“Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence” @humanrights1st #hwtw

This blog post from Human Rights First describes how women in Egypt are taking control of their futures by harnessing social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile apps.

Staying Connected: Egyptian Women Use Social Media to Combat Gender Inequality, Violence


By Alison Searle
Administrative Assistant for Advocacy

A new generation of Egyptian women is speaking up to address long-standing gender and equality issues. Since the fall of President Mubarak, sexual harassment cases have become more public as women’s political participation becomes increasingly widespread. Campaigners stress the need for Egyptian women to unite as they face some of the worst treatment in the world…  According to the World Economic Reform’s Global Gender Gap Index, Egypt has ranked in the bottom 10 for the past 5 years…
In an effort to combat the rise in gender inequality and violence, women are using social media—a regional catalyst in the fight for democracy—as an advocacy and awareness tool. HarassMap is a website that allows women to report sexual harassment via email, text or Twitter to track where assaults are taking place throughout the country. Facebook and other media websites continue to promote dialogue about women’s issues with on-the-ground updates. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights produces blogs in English and Arabic in an attempt to bridge the movement’s generation gap and appeal to a more international constituency.

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August 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business Development for Democracy”

In Isobel Coleman’s blog for CFR, Gayle Lemmon offers her highlights of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference.  She says:

“The progress women entrepreneurs have made is real and, as Verveer noted, we are ‘witnessing a dramatic change in the role women are playing in the global economy.’ Yet along with all the ‘access’ challenges mentioned above, which also confront men, women face challenges that are unique…”

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July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Cecelia Doe: Persistence Pays Off in Liberia

In this post on the BRAC blog, Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA describes a recent trip to Liberia, and a remarkable woman entrepreneur and activist she met there:

“I was very impressed to meet Cecelia Doe, certainly one of the most articulate and dynamic women in Liberia. As a spokesperson for the Cotton Tree Christian Women Association,Cecilia explained to me that the Association was founded in 2006 and currently has 100 members…  Despite their current success, the road to achieving it was not easy. According to Cecilia, the Association petitioned Firestone for over two years in order to obtain the rights to use the land where the rice is now being cultivated.”

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June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Recommended Blog: EthiopianFeminist

Interested in gender issues from an African perspective?  Check out EthiopianFeminist’s excellent blog:

Here’s an inspiring excerpt from one of her recent posts:

“I invite all of you phenomenal women reading this to create a supportive circle of sisterhood and encourage others to do the same. That circle of sisterhood need not remain exclusive but grow and include for there are many stories to share, to write, to create and to realize. When you see a woman who has what you secretly desire, choose to be inspired by rather than threatened by her. Celebrate her!”

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April 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

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