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[8 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace:</em> Twitter Strikes Again @CSW56

-By Abby Smith, Administration and Community Manager
The little blue bird has struck again! Twitter has once again proven to be one of the most effective tools for disseminating information to our generation. The UN Commission on the Status of Women, 56th session, began last week in New York at the UN. For those of us who couldn’t attend, the best and most effective way to receive information about the happenings at the UN was through their live twitter feed.
We have become a generation of instant gratification. We want instant information …

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[8 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner:</em>Report Back from the Commission on the Status of Women

-By Kim Weichel, CEO
Participating in the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference at the UN is one of the highlights of my year. It is the time when thousands of accomplished and passionate women of all ages come together in one place to share their work, wisdom, experiences, and successes to empower women. It’s inspiring, humbling, illuminating, and a huge joy to meet such extraordinary women from so many communities!
CSW is a commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), charged with evaluating progress and formulating …

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[7 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Fati Al Hassan: Land Is Power, and the Mother Attitude

Fati is the Executive Director of the Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF), dedicated to supporting networks of grassroots women across three regions of northern Ghana in raising awareness about property, land, and the inheritance rights of women. GSF works with 75 community-based women’s groups representing about 6,000 women in 13 of the 20 districts of Ghana’s Northern Region and the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region. I caught up with Fati at Huairou Commission headquarters on the last day of her weeklong stay in New York City to attend …

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[6 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Vandana Shiva: Fierce Love, Fearlessness, and Joy

-By Mary Liepold
Editor In Chief
This is the second of three PeaceTimes posts on the theme of CSW56, the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication.
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“Of 80,000 edible plants used for food around the world, only about 150 are now being cultivated, and just 8 are traded globally.”
- Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva, the much-celebrated Indian ecofeminist, calls the war against the earth “the greatest war of all,” and diversity “our greatest security.” In her 20 books and countless articles, as in the Sidney Prize speech …