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She Speaks of Kashmir

Last month, as we prepared to unearth the wisdom of Pakistan’s women in our new, interactive emagazine, a rare voice came across our desks, stopped us in our tracks, and changed our course. Read More »

"Hers is the story of the women of Chechnya, of Zimbabwe, of Colombia, of Appalachia."

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Our Oracle

In the summer of 2002, I had a pivotal dream: In it, I am standing in the center of a circle of women. Together they are a spectrum of colorful clothing: woolen robes; head wraps; animal skins; fat, beaded belts. I hear the soft rustle of fabric as the women lean in and whisper, “Yes. Go. Go!Read More »

“I heard the prophecy of the strength of womankind connected.

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New China Rising

When I close my eyes and think of China, I see images of a country rich in beauty—

I see emerald gorges, the vast prairies of inner Mongolia, the snowcapped mountains of the north, mist rising from the Yangtze river, and the huge ports and chaotic markets of Shanghai.

But there is more— Read More »

"The potential of China's women is enormous and the pace of change is unprecedented."

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The Perfect Storm

Nearly a decade ago, I stood under an umbrella in the wet streets of Rangoon, blocks away from Aung San Suu Kyi's home. I held flowers in my hand and had plans to quietly leave them at her gate. Read More »

"We must pay special attention to the gathering force of Burmese women's groups."

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Human Trafficking: Stepping Out of the Shadows

As the shadow of modern-day slavery darkens across the globe—with perhaps as many as 27 million caught in its grip—more and more survivors are stepping out to design solutions and cast light on the ro Read More »

"I saw them congregating, reuniting, embracing, talking, and crying, building small communities to heal and care for each other."

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The Movement of Water

Water is most alive when it moves. Coursing through our bodies and across the earth, this liquid life force has its own voice and its own path. Yet, when we block, force, and contaminate water it becomes sluggish and deadly. Its death is our death.

There is no greater threat to global public health than unsanitary water conditions, which are responsible for eighty-eight percent of disease, taking more lives than war, terrorism, and HIV/AIDs combined. Read More »

"As the earth's primary water stewards, women are uniquely positioned to lead us toward a new, sustainable water future."

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Kenyan Women Come Together to Take Back Their Country

Ever since the news broke for us late on the evening of December 28 with the e-mail headline, "RIOTS" from our new Kenyan correspondent, we have been closely, and painfully, following Kenya's plunge into post-election violence.

The news has been almost unimaginable. Although it has become routine for us to hear of rampant attacks and political chaos in the DRC, Sudan and elsewhere; somehow, we didn't see it coming from Kenya, one of the most stable countries in East Africa. We went from eagerly following a largely peaceful electoral process—with more women running for parliament than ever before—to watching a nation crumble before our eyes. Read More »

"If the constitution cannot be made to serve everybody, the world should become one voice for the sake of humanity.""

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In Honor of Positive Women Worldwide on World AIDS Day

Last week I had coffee with a successful business woman who asked me with a raised eyebrow, "Why would you have World Pulse focus on global AIDS when there are so many other people already working on it?" At a time when it sometimes seems like Bono and Bill Clinton have got it covered, it wasn't the first time I had been asked this question. Read More »

"I have smoothed the skirts of dolls sewn by HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan genocide and felt the love and hope in every stitch."

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See Healing

When I was a young girl, I would lie on my stomach on sun-warmed grass covering the hills of Southern Wisconsin and absorb stories. I was shy and preferred to run away from the ordinary chaos of our family’s old farmhouse into the ancient rolling fields. The books I tucked under my arm opened worlds that were not always fairy tales or the forests of Narnia. I was also drawn to read stories telling of Native American genocide and the long Trail of Tears, Anne Frank’s diaries in besieged Amsterdam, and Bridge to Terabithia, about a young boy whose best friend dies. Read More »

"The tsunami was like a lighting rod to our hearts primarily because we were able to see the pain."

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News With a Future

When I took my first tentative steps to start this publication, I had a hunch that something huge was going on globally with women. Now, two years later, I am convinced that there is a potent and sophisticated global movement rising from all corners of the earth. It is a movement focused on creating innovative solutions for our children, for our future. This rising lifeforce—this pulse—is bravely moving beyond patterns of blame and victimization to harness the vast power of human potential. Read More »

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