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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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Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party MDC, announced today that he will join President Mugabe in a power-sharing deal drafted in September. This comes after months of deadlock, and while there is much celebration, many are worried that the deal was signed too hastily without sufficient certainty in its terms. An AllAfrica article today quotes an MDC Member of Parliament saying, “His [Tsvangirai’s] own political future will be compromised. ZANU-PF will use Tsvangirai to resuscitate their party: if people say they’re hungry – blame it on Tsvangirai. He came in promising change, and he won’t be able to deliver. If he says his hands are tied, people will say, ‘Why did you go in knowing your hands would be tied?'”

According to the NY Times, the opposition voted unanimously for joining the power-sharing agreement, and many are celebrating the end to the stalemate – though it remains to be seen if the deal will bring positive change. Western governments may maintain their sanctions, despite the growing toll on the country’s population from rampant hunger and a raging cholera epidemic, until President Mugabe shows himself to be true to his word.

Watch Jane Wales discuss the situation in Zimbabwe with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Gareth Evans, and Helene Gayle last April at GPF. And read our previous posts on Zimbabwe here and here.

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