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Posted: 3/9/2010


From Gail Straub: 3/9/2010

In honor of International Women's Day I am sending the link to my recent article posted on Huffington Post entitled, The Interior of Empowerment: Reason to Feel Proud as We Celebrate the Centennial of International Women's Day. Please do share this with your networks:


The following quote from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s Half the Sky has become an organizing principle for hundreds of organizations around the world: “In the nineteenth century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape.”

The empowerment of women is not only a moral mandate; there is also a growing consensus among government, business and grassroots sectors that it is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. Indeed six out of the eight Millennium Development Goals relate to empowering women. So just about everyone agrees that the empowerment of women is at the heart of the beast. But what exactly do we mean when we use the word “empowerment”? My article discusses why we need to join the exterior elements of the empowerment of women such as education, health, finance, literacy, women’s rights, and entrepreneurship---with the interior steps of empowerment such as awareness, vision, and the transformation of beliefs.

With my warmest wishes,






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