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[18 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Making it Safer to Grow Up Female

Emilia Eyo
Nigeria
“I envision a world where every girl born is celebrated as a human being who has lots of potential and possesses talents that will contribute to the positive development of our society.  …  I see a world where women will be encouraged to be inventive and their inventions documented.”
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I sit at my desk, staring out into the small greenish farm that surrounds my office, and think of what I have always envisioned for my life, my community, and the world.
Is it unnatural for a woman to think this …

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[4 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Involving the Youth in Rebuilding Liberia

Vaiba Kebeh Flomo
Liberia
Vaiba Kebeh Flomo was featured in the 2008 film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” for her role in the Liberian women’s peace movement. She helped form the Liberian Women Mass Action for Peace, which ultimately played a pivotal role in bringing peace to Liberia.
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Before women came together to form the Liberian Women Mass Action for Peace, many of us had already started to forgive the fighters. In order to forgive, each of us had to accept what had happened to us and recognize the …

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[28 Oct 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Female Chief Promotes Dialogue Instead of Killing

Sarah Akoru Lochodo
Kenya
“I couldn’t allow the killing between us to continue to happen. I decided that we must approach these things through dialogue.”
I am a Chief among the semi-nomadic and pastoralist communities in the Turkana District of northwestern Kenya. Unlike other countries where community members elect the chief, I went through a competitive process and was appointed by Government of Kenya to be the Assistant-Chief of my people.
In the history of Kanuk (my division), I am the first woman to ever hold the position of chief. When I went to …

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[13 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Bottom Line is Economic Empowerment

Nora Chengeto Tapiwa
Zimbabwe
“I believe that if we solve the economic problems then other things will fall into place.  It is like this: if you are a healthy person you can do everything, but if you are sick you can’t do anything.”
As a founding director and current secretary of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Chamber, I am based in South Africa and my goal is to economically empower the Zimbabwean diaspora. If members of the diaspora are empowered economically they can make a meaningful impact back home, where people …