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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

HWHTW’s Top 5 Twitter Favorites! @CTurlington @WFPG @UN_Women @VitalVoices @gaylelemmon

HWHTW is relatively new to Twitter, but totally hooked on its great coverage of women’s issues.  Here are a few favorite tweeters:

@CTurlington – supermodel-turned-maternal health care advocate Christy Turlington Burns (see: Video: Christy Turlington Burns on why Every Mother Counts)  

@WFPG – Women’s Foreign Policy Group (see: Event: “Women’s Political Participation In The Middle East: The Changing Political Landscape”)

@UN_Women – UN Women (see: The UN Gets It Together for Women)

@VitalVoices – women’s empowerment NGO Vital Voices (see: State Department Co-Sponsors Summit to Empower Women Across Asia)

@gaylelemmon – author and activist Gayle Lemmon (see: Greg Mortenson Interviews Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Amazon)

And, of course, don’t forget @HWHTW!

Who would you add to the list?

July 27, 2011 at 12:07 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…”

Read the full article: http://blogs.cfr.org/coleman/2011/06/30/business-development-for-democracy/

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

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 1

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

David Chavern: “Business is the answer, not the problem.”

David Chavern: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Women make sure there’s a community to go back to when the war is over.”

Gayle Lemmon: “In tough parts of the world, women turn to business to make sure their children get fed.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Unsung heroines and aspiring entrepreneurs are all around us.”

Mary Schnack: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”

Mary Schnack: “We need to help women recognize themselves as leaders and be honored as leaders”

Gayle Lemmon: “Afghan women are desperate for peace, but afraid it will come at the price of their right to go to work and school.”

More to come!

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights

“Welcome to Hillary’s war: In this week’s Newsweek, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon digs into the secretary of state’s fight to bring attention to the plight of women and girls across the world, championing opportunity and equality for women wherever she goes.

“Newsweek traveled to the Middle East with Clinton in January. Her timing—just as a wave of uprisings was gathering steam—was uncanny. In a raucous town-hall meeting in Yemen, Clinton addressed how young girls can contribute to a society desperate for change. Later, at a stop in Papua New Guinea, she surprised her own entourage when she pushed the nation’s prime minister to take domestic abuse seriously—and said she’d be dispatching her deputy for women’s affairs, Melanne Verveer, to check up on his progress.

“I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton tells Newsweek.”

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-06/hillary-clintons-mission-to-help-women-and-girls-worldwide-1/#

March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

Book Discussion: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

If you’re in the D.C. area, join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group for a discussion of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana with author (and HWHTW favorite) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

“In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of Kamela Sediqi, the unlikely breadwinner who became an entrepreneur in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Desperate to support her brothers and sisters and unable to earn a living outside the home, she started a dressmaking business in her living room which offered work to 100 women in her community. Together these unsung heroines made the difference between survival and starvation for their families under Taliban rule.”


Thursday, March 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Reception and Program

Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th Floor Board Room
Washington, DC

The program will be followed by a book signing with the author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Click here to register

WFPG Members— $15      Non-Members— $20

March 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Greg Mortenson Interviews Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Amazon

Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea Fame interviewed Gayle Lemmon on her new book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.  Here’s a teaser:

Greg Mortenson: In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Kamila and her sisters sew a collection of wedding dresses overnight for a wedding party they later find out is connected to the Taliban. How did writing this book affect your view of the Taliban period?

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: That scene in the book captures precisely the extraordinary complexity of the period. Reporting on the Taliban period I quickly learned there were many different views of what those years were like, depending on who you were, what you did, and where you lived. A lot of women I knew, including, of course, Kamila, told me stories about local Talibs who knew of their work and even helped them to keep it going. And they said that many of the Taliban in their neighborhood were men they had known for years who simply needed to support their families. What I kept coming back to—and what moved me deeply during so many conversations with young women , some of them tearful—was the raw loss they felt at having been deprived of five and a half years of education. And yet even amid all that despair they found ways to come together to build a community for the sake of their families. We are so used to seeing women as victims of war to be pitied rather than survivors of war to be respected. I really hope The Dressmaker of Khair Khana does its small part to change that.



To read the rest of the interview: http://www.amazon.com/Dressmaker-Khair-Khana-Remarkable-Everything/dp/0061732370/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296786139&sr=8-1

February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm 3 comments

Gayle Lemmon: Afghanistan’s Appalling Pregnancy Deaths

gayle lemmon photo“Every 30 minutes, a pregnant woman dies in Afghanistan. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports from Kabul on a courageous young woman determined to change that.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/gv2ePy

January 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

“Why Afghan Women Need a Seat at the Negotiating Table”

gayle lemmon photoGayle Lemmon has penned a piece for Politico on “the need to ensure women’s voices are heard in any Taliban reconciliation talks — and why it is in the US’s best interests to do so.”
Afghan women need seat at the table
By: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
October 7, 2010 04:34 AM EDT

As Washington looks for a graceful end to its longest war — today is the ninth anniversary — talk about reconciliation between the Kabul government and the Taliban forces is growing louder in Afghanistan. The Washington Post on Wednesday presented the latest reports about these increasingly serious negotiations.

Yet many women in Afghanistan are uneasy, even fearful, about the prospect of talks in which they have had no voice. During the roughly five years that the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, women lost their rights to work and to gain an education. Though some women managed to learn at underground schools or were able to quietly support their families with home-based businesses, most lived under virtual house arrest, barred from walking alone on the streets or contributing to their families’ income during years of economic collapse.

Read more: http://politi.co/9bgjT3

December 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

HWHTW Event: “Women on the Front Lines: Women’s Role in Conflict Zones”

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Gender and Development Club
cordially invites you to a discussion of
 
Women on the Front Lines: Women’s Role in Conflict Zones
 

Featuring:
Joanna Block, President, Kiron Global Strategies
Carla Koppell, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, award-winning author and journalist

Moderated by Allison Asplin, Executive Director, Helping Women Helps the World
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

SAIS Bernstein Offit Building, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
 
To RSVP, please e-mail aasplin1 at jhu dot edu no later than 11/16/2010.

November 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

Training the First Female Afghan National Army Officers

Capt. Janis Lullen has just finished training the first-ever female officers in the Afghan National Army.  “Leadership for women, in this culture,” she notes, “is a rarity to find within the military or the professional realm. We wanted to show the country what was possible if these women were given the opportunity to serve their country.”  The 29 new officers underwent 6 months of leadership, physical, finance, and logisitics training under Capt. Lullen’s guidance. 

Capt. Lullen concludes: “I am filled up with pride for these 29 extraordinary ladies. They conquered their fears in the face of adversity and embraced their destiny serving their country.”

Capt. Janis Lullen, “My Experiences Advising the First Female Officer Candidates in Afghanistan”: http://ntm-a.com/blog/categories/army/1405-my-experiences-advising-the-first-female-officer-candidates-in-afghanistan?lang=)

Gayle Lemmon, “Meet the Afghan National Army’s Newest Officers”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gayle-tzemach/meet-the-afghan-national_b_738144.html

October 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

Gayle Lemmon: Women Entrepreneurs Take Charge in Afghanistan

gayle lemmon photoSome good news from Afghanistan, thanks to the trailblazing Gayle Lemmon:

“At the same time the United States is scaling back its goals for Afghanistan, women in the country are scaling up their own ambitions.  In arenas ranging from medicine to the military, from small business to civil society, women are speaking up for themselves and tackling ever-larger aspirations.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gayle-tzemach/while-the-world-scales-ba_b_717271.html

October 2, 2010 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

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