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Visionary Leaders

Leaping into the Whirlwind

"We have a choice: to continue supporting the status quo, or to follow our moral compass—and leap."

For Sikh-American activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur, healing her divided nation begins with taking divine risks. Read More »

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Why I Run

With one step, Lisa Shannon ignited a global movement to end violence in the Congo. Read More »

"I discovered I could use my own body to fight for women whose bodies have become emblems of war."

Lisa Shannon

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Bearing Witness: Girls and Women in Haiti’s Camps

When Didi Bertrand Farmer returned to Haiti, she was unprepared for what she saw in the tent cities: an increase in sexual violence; mothers forced to leave their vulnerable daughters; young girls, pregnant as a result of rape. Read More »

"In Haiti, women are the centerpost—the potomitan—of our families and society."

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Choose Peace—End the Siege on Gaza

With peace talks beginning between Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, the world is looking for signs of hope in the Middle East. From a ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Mairead Maguire stresses the role for nonviolent activism. Read More »

"Just as it brought peace to Northern Ireland, nonviolent resistance will bring peace to this war torn region."

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Women in Burma Will Not Be Silenced

With the expectation of elections looming on the horizon, it is a critical moment for Burma. General Than Shwe and the Burmese military have promised the people of Burma that they will head for the polls for the first time in twenty years this fall. Read More »

"It is up to the rest of us to decide how much longer we can ignore these cries."

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Ending Violence Against Women

When Dulce Marlene Contreras started her organization with seven of her friends, she had just one thing on her mind: helping the women in her rural corner of Honduras protect themselves from domestic violence. Read More »

"Until women are economically empowered, they will not be able to escape abuse for good.”

Dulce Marlene Contreras

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The Next Green Frontier

For Women for Women International founder and CEO Zainab Salbi the green revolution starts with women. Read More »

"The time has come to make agricultural and environmental policy reflective of those most impacted by it."

Zainab Salbi

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A New “Irrefutable Truth”

With the changing economic climate, investing in women and girls is now more critical than ever. Global Fund for Women CEO and President Kavita Nandini Ramdas explains why. Read More »

"Most women in the developing world are quick to point out that they have been enduring an economic crisis for generations."

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Mothers Matter

All Eugenia Itme needs is a rock, or something she can use to hop on her bicycle. Then she’s pedaling three hours up the steep Peruvian Andes to Pueblo Libre to ensure expectant mothers are cared for properly. Read More »

"Women won’t have to fear that the day they give birth could also be the day they meet death, robbing another child of a mother, another community of a leader."

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As Economies Falter, How Do We Move Forward?

As economists worldwide grapple with the hard reality that 46 million more people will be added to the global poverty count this year, women and men in these affected communities already are doubling their efforts to soften that landing for their families. Read More »

"We have some distance yet before we cross the victory line."

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