World Pulse Spotlight — March 7, 2007
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Australia: Malalai Joya on Tour
Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra
March 7-9, 2007
To celebrate International Women's Day, UNIFEM Australia brings Malalai Joya to the country for a whirlwind speaking tour. The youngest and arguably the most outspoken and courageous defender of women's human rights in the Afghan parliament, Malalai is a local hero in Afghanistan and a champion amongst all women. Not to be missed! Visit UNIFEM for a full schedule.
For those of you not lucky enough to be in Australia this month to hear Malalai in person, we recommend PBS NOW's recent interview.
My voice tears apart the lies of the Western media about so-called democracy and liberation in Afghanistan. — Malalai Joya
With so many women joining in celebration around the globe, it was hard for us to highlight just one! To find a gathering near you, visit International Women's Day headquarters, where nearly 400 events from 38 countries are posted. Each one, whether a film festival or symposium, informal party or city-wide demonstration, celebrates women's advancement and calls for continued vigilance and action.
share. talk. inspire. understand. tell. speak. hear. be heard. narrate. throw open.
The Blank Noise Project is a public and participatory art project working both online and on the streets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. In honor of International Women's Day, they are calling on all feisty women "action heroes" to share their success stories, solutions and strategies for dealing with sexual harassment on the streets in their everyday lives.
To participate, email your story to Blank Noise at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you're a blogger, post it online and send Blank Noise the link. Men are welcome to share the stories of women in their lives as well. Blank Noise will post strategies and interventions from around the globe on their brand new space beginning Thursday, March 8.
This month through March 11, people across the UK are matching their pocketbook to their conscience for Fair Trade Fortnight 2007. With over 2500 Fairtrade-certified products available, it's easier than ever to create positive change in the lives of farmers and artisans around the globe.
"If you are going to buy something," said Priya, "Then why not buy something that has the hope or a dream of another person embedded into it...By purchasing that thing, you are joining with them to pull that forward."
To discover what treasures have Priya smiling these days, visit Priya's Picks and fill your own basket!
Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World
Phil Borges | Rizzoli, 2007 | USA
Photojournalist Phil Borges takes readers to villages and cities throughout the world to meet women who are changing their communities and altering the very beliefs that once crippled local female voices. Borges' photographs are captivating, stunningly rich in color and texture — but they truly come alive when you read the story of each empowered woman. Large or small, these women's actions are changing lives, and what make this book truly unique are the testimonials from those who feel the direct impact of their deeds. Often we hear stories about inspirational leaders, but rarely do we see beyond the island of their activities into the context and true power of their work. Borges does this beautifully and in a way that does not intimidate, but rather encourages readers themselves to stand up for what they believe in. — Jessie Burke