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The Saudi Princess & the Tweet: Princess Ameerah & the Push for Women’s Rights in the Kingdom @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

Gayle Lemmon has snagged an exclusive interview in Newsweek with Saudi princess Ameerah Al-Taweel on “why the kingdom’s women won’t accept a reversal on equal rights”:

“Perched between the camps is the 27-year-old current wife of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (the king’s nephew), Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel. Part of a ruling family focused on maintaining the existing order, Ameerah is also an eloquent member of the Twitter generation who has begun to use her social prominence to advocate for women. “We want equal rights, we want what God has given us, the respect and the dignity to live as an equal citizen,” she says.

“King Abdullah himself has made some tentative moves to expand women’s rights. Two years ago he angered conservative clerics by launching coed university education. More recently he decreed that women would be able to vote and run for office—in the 2015 municipal elections, a delay designed in part to avoid roiling those same clerics.

“With [Crown Prince] Sultan’s death, some activists have begun to wonder whether the openings of the past few years will turn out to be only a moderately liberal interlude between decades of tight restrictions on women’s lives. Yet the princess remains hopeful. “I don’t see Saudi women accepting going back,” she says.”

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/10/30/princess-tweets-for-saudi-women-ameerah-al-taweel.html

November 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Women-Friendly Holiday Shopping! #hwhtw

There are lots of ways to make sure your holiday purchases support women around the world!  Here are some great gift ideas:

nOir Jewelry for MODELINIA Somalia bracelet

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/be-the-change-noir-for-modelinia-somalia-bracelet-hwhtw/

DOSTI Hand-Stitched Fair Trade Soccer Balls

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/be-the-change-dosti-hand-stitched-soccer-balls-hwhtw/

Not Guilty Tees for Afghan Women

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/be-the-change-not-guilty-tees-for-afgan-women/

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Gayle Lemmon’s real-life tale of a daring woman entrepreneur in Afghanistan under the Taliban

https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/greg-mortenson-interviews-gayle-tzemach-lemmon-on-amazon/

And more ideas: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/women-friendly-holiday-shopping/

November 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Vote for The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna! @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, an HWHTW favorite book, has been nominated for a “Goodreads Choice Award” for Best History & Biography.  Your vote can make the difference!

Vote here: http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2011#55899-Best-History-&-Biography

November 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Gayle Lemmon: “Looming Threat to Afghan Women’s Rights” @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

gayle lemmon photoIn this brand-new CFR Expert Brief, Gayle Lemmon looks at the peace process in Afghanistan, and what the future may hold for Afghan women:

“The question remains as to whether Afghan women will play a substantive role in a nascent reconciliation process, which is now floundering after the murder of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani. If not, there is a looming fear that women’s rights will be negotiated away in the quest to end the war. U.S. officials working on the peace process say that the White House wants to be able to point to concrete achievements in Afghanistan in the run-up to the 2012 elections, while still being able to declare the war’s end.”

Read the full article: http://www.cfr.org/afghanistan/looming-threat-afghan-womens-rights/p26124?cid=nlc-dailybrief-daily_news_brief-link8-20111007

October 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

“Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission” @gaylelemmon

gayle lemmon photoNew from Gayle Lemmon: her “first piece for Newsweek as a contributing editor at large writing stories about economics and development with a focus on women.”

Michelle Bachelet Has a Mission
The U.N. tapped Chile’s former president to help women. Will politicians let her succeed?

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

September 12, 2011 1:0 AM EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called July 2, 2010, a “watershed day.” That was when the General Assembly approved the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women—known simply as U.N. Women. Intended to give (in Ban’s words) “a much stronger voice for women and for gender equality” around the world, the organization replaced four underfunded and obscure bureaucracies devoted to women with a single entity that would finally give half the world’s population the high-profile platform it deserved.

Leading the new organization and charged with boosting its profile would be one of the world’s most powerful and inspiring women, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile. Bachelet’s accomplishments are rooted in the traumatic experiences of her early adulthood. When Chile’s government was overthrown in a coup led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Bachelet’s father (an Air Force general who backed the deposed Salvador Allende) was arrested and tortured in prison. He came home briefly under house arrest before being thrown back in detention, where he died of a heart attack under suspicious circumstances in 1974 at the age of 51.

In January 1975, state security forces arrested Bachelet herself, then a 23-year-old medical student, and her mother, taped their eyes shut, and jailed them in Villa Grimaldi, a mansion turned into a house of terror where prisoners were routinely beaten, shocked with electricity, raped, and killed. Despite the ordeal, Bachelet refused to break, reportedly singing with other prisoners to keep sane and helping to treat women raped by the guards. Bachelet has never spoken in detail about the period, other than acknowledging that she was beaten, noting instead that she was one of the “lucky ones” who survived before being sent into exile in Australia following the intervention of family members.

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/11/michelle-bachelet-has-a-mission-to-help-the-world-s-women.html

September 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: DOSTI Hand-Stitched Soccer Balls #hwhtw

Here’s a new way to suport women’s economic empowerment: Global Goods Partners’ DOSTI soccer balls, handsewn by Afghan women.

“Afghan women have been renowned for centuries for hand needlework. Now the women of DOSTI, meaning “friendship” in Dari, have harnessed that heritage to handcraft club-quality fair trade soccer balls… Bearing DOSTI’s signature Doves in Flight pattern, each fair trade soccer ball purchased provides meaningful employment for Afghan women.”

Thanks to Gayle Lemmon for the tip! 

Read more, or buy: http://www.globalgoodspartners.org/cart/Details.cfm?ProdID=628

September 8, 2011 at 11:14 am 2 comments

Saving Mothers’ Lives Amid the Afghanistan Drawdown @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

gayle lemmon photoHere’s a brand-new article on maternal health in Afghanistan from Gayle Lemmon and Isobel Coleman in Bloomberg Business Week.  Gayle says, “Turns out that maternal health is one of the best investments the US has made in the country.”

Afghan Women Stand to Lose in U.S. Drawdown

By Isobel Coleman and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) — As the U.S. begins withdrawing from Afghanistan, Afghans are wondering whether this is the beginning of the end of serious American engagement.

After spending almost $1 trillion and suffering close to 4,000 American deaths, will Washington cut and run? Or will it seek a “responsible end” to the war, as President Barack Obama has claimed?

The answer will depend in large part on how the U.S. continues to support the Afghan government and people. Americans are understandably tired of financing big, expensive initiatives that are riddled with corruption and can’t be maintained by Afghans themselves. As incoming Ambassador Ryan Crocker said, the objective must be to invest in projects that meet the goal of “sustainable stability.”

In a worrying sign, Washington is on the verge of eviscerating one of its most successful and cost-effective programs: improving maternal health.

Read the full article: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-08-07/afghan-women-stand-to-lose-in-u-s-drawdown-coleman-and-lemmon.html

August 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

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