Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

Associated Press writer Josh Funk reports on Peter and Jennifer Buffett’s NoVo Foundation, detailing their commitment to empowering women, collaborating with other groups to achieve their goal and the incorporation of Warren Buffett’s business ideas to philanthropy.

Peter Buffett will be a speaker at the upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum 2009 Conference in Washington, DC, April 22-24.

Full article: Peter Buffett’s foundation gives millions to girls

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This weekend, in honor of International Women’s Day, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia hosted the International Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Monrovia.  The Colloquium, conceptualized in 2006 during Sirleaf’s inauguration (as the first female president in Africa), brought together more than 400 international participants and 400 Liberian national participants, across all sectors.  The Conference aimed to create an environment for women and their champions around the world to discuss, learn, demonstrate and act on the benefits and lessons learned from women in leadership.

Ambassador Swanee Hunt gives a lively first-hand account  of the event here, and Ruth Levinson, another attendee, provides her own narrative here on AllAfricaStar Radio and other Liberian news media covered the event with day to day updates.

The below video was prepared by the conference staff.  To learn more about Liberia, you can join us here at the Council this Thursday March 12th for a screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a powerful documentary that tells the inspiring story of ordinary Liberian women organizing to bring peace to their war-torn country. Paul van Zyl, Co-founder of the ICTJ, will discuss transitional justice in action, focusing on the lessons learned in Liberia, and their relevance for other societies struggling to break cycles of conflict and violence.

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This Thursday evening, March 5th, CARE and The ONE Campaign will present a one-night event featuring the acclaimed documentary “A Powerful Noise,” followed by a live town hall discussion with U.S. Secretary of State and Principal of The Albright Group LLC Madeleine K. Albright, CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle; CARE advocate for maternal health and contributing editor for Marie Claire Christy Turlington Burns; actress and activist Natalie Portman; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times columnist and acclaimed author Nicholas Kristof.

The event celebrates International Women’s Day and highlights the important role that women play in bringing lasting solutions to global poverty. Broadcast live from New York City, this event will take place in select movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:30PM ET / 6:30PM CT / 5:30PM MT and tape delayed at 8PM PT and 7PM in Hawaii.

To find tickets at a theatre near you, click here.

And watch Helene Gayle speak about health in conflict at our GPF conference last year with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Gareth Evans.

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The Huffington Post on Tuesday published a letter written by V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Global Fund for Women President Kavita Ramdas, and Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi, among others. They’ve written an open letter to President-Elect Obama calling on him to lead by example in promoting equal women’s involvement in government, and everywhere else. They argue that “the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our times cannot be solved without the equal participation of women at all levels of society.” And that we must stop thinking about these topics as “women’s” issues, for they affect all of us – from the individual, to the nation.

Eve Ensler will join us for a GPF/Council event next month with Dr. Mukwege to discuss their work to end violence against women in the DRC, and around the world.

And Zainab Salbi joined us in April for our GPF conference – she speaks here about the role of women in conflict, of the need for a ‘backline’ discussion of war – the side of war that only women seem to see. “It has everything to do with how you send your kids to school, how you provide food for your family, how you fall in love, and how you manage fear.” Despite the horrific experience of women in conflict, Zainab and other panelists agreed that their sense of hope comes from the survivors themselves – if they can stand up on their own two feet after atrocity, then who are we not to hope?

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