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Can the World’s Poorest Girls Save the MDGs?

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations is riveted this week on how badly our leaders are doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  One woman of action, a global activist I know, believes that only by empowering girls can MDGs be met.  Jin In is Founding Director of 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL) — Inspiring Girls, […]

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Empowering World’s Poorest Girls to Transform World

New York, N.Y.  I first met Jin In off a snowy sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York City this past winter. She just returned from Nepal, energized. There, she was working to empower young women belonging to the lowest caste, a group most locals wouldn’t touch or associate with. However Jin saw them as […]

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First ‘Davos’ for Women’s International Development in NYC

New York, N.Y.  I met Cecilia Attias, former First Lady of France and founder and executive chair of the Cecilia Attias Foundation for It was extraordinarily successful – and focused on producing more than just rhetoric.  Women at the event and was particularly impressed by her passion and global vision. The first annual Dialogue for […]

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Helping Women: Eliminating Obstetric Fistula in Developing World

New York, N.Y.  Ana Langer, M.D., spoke recently at a Smith Barney seminar on health in the developing world. She was talking about the problem of obstetric fistula, of which I was ignorant.  Obstetric fistula is a devastating medical condition in which a fistula (hole) develops between the vagina and either the rectum or bladder […]

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Journey Towards Women’s Empowerment In Latin America

 With her increased income and savings, Pro Mujer in Bolivia Client Flora Callisaya bought her own land and a house. New York, N.Y.  Seldom have cross-cultural partnerships produced such exceptional results. In 1990, Lynne and Carmen founded  Pro Mujer, a women’s development organization that offers credit, access to savings accounts, healthcare, and training to poor women […]

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Mu Sochua Speaks on Lack of Human Rights at Home

New York, N.Y.  Jean-Michel Tijerina, CEO and Founder of theCambodia Project, insisted I must meet her.  After an hour over coffee, I fully comprehended why.  I was talking to the Cory Aquino or the Aung San Suu Kyi – of Cambodia.  And given her courageous outspokenness, I am now very concerned for her safety. Cambodian Parliament Member Mu Sochua (Wiki) is […]

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Greek-American Vicky Tzolis Helps Both Women’s Empowerment & Mentally Ill on Long Island

New York, N.Y.  Loula Loi Alafoyiannis introduced me to Vicky Tzolis in Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s living room.  So I figured she must be someone interesting.  I did what any good writer does: I interviewed her on the spot. Vicky was very interesting.  A well-connected Greek-American, Vicky lives on Long island where she volunteers to help both […]

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