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[30 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Obama’s First Hundred Days: Keeping Up Hope

Betty Makoni
In the first 100 days it looks clear Obama is a leader with a conscience, and a clear one for that matter.
He spoke about his grandmother and many other women struggling to bring food to the table. It is the first time a president in my lifetime has set up a Commission for Women in the statehouse (as we call them in Africa). So the deliverables for women are there. The US Representative to the UN is a woman. Obama sees the power women have to make development real.
I …

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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Women, You Are Creating the Future

Patricia Smith Melton
I Celebrate the Women of the World!
You are the deepest heartbeat on our planet. You have roots like great trees, reaching into the earth. You have the vision of the hawks, seeing the smallest gem even if far away. You have the arms of nature’s vines, holding everything around you. Your strength and nourishment travel far, like mighty rivers.
In your hands small treasures are held, large works are created, children are fed and educated, and communities find the good in themselves.
In your dreams, you see the future. In …

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[4 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
“Fourth World” Artist Asks: What Are You Doing for Peace?

As a refugee, I belong to the fourth world, the people who have no country. I was born in Vietnam in 1950, at the beginning of the Vietnam War. I became a refugee for the first time at age four, moving from North Vietnam to South Vietnam when the country was divided. I went to school, I had a home, I had a job and a family, but when the war came I became nothing.
In 1975 I fled clutching my baby and wearing one shoe. We jumped into anything that …