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Jane Goddall – USA

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Linked with The Jane Goodall Institute.

No other primatologist or ethologist has made the cover of National Geographic more than her. Not even Louis Leaky gets more recognition. Her name is synonymous with the names Flo, Freud, and David Greybeard. Jane Goodall is more than just the “chimpanzee lady”. Her work gives new insight to our own humanness and humaneness. We now have the knowledge to explore our own behaviors and emotions in a new light. We share many things with chimpanzees. Jane Goodall has shown us this through her research at the Gombe National Reserve in Tanzania. We share 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees. They often use facial expressions that look uncannily human, although we will never know if they truly possess any emotions that correspond with the expression. Chimps often greet one another with a kiss, hug, or gentle hand touch. Babies stay with their mothers until they reach adulthood. Chimps are omnivorous. They can make and use tools. All of these behaviors were researched and observed by Dr. Jane Goodall for the last 38 years. (full text).

She says: “Chimpanzees are intelligent, social beings. Before Dr. Goodall began her landmark study of them in 1960, however, almost nothing was known of their behavior in the wild. Through our studies of chimpanzees, we humans have learned that we are not the only animals who have close family bonds, make and use tools, or engage in warfare against one another. Here at Chimpanzee Central, you too can learn about our closest relatives!”

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Jane Goodall – USA

Listen to her speach of 71 minutes on Google Video, May 6, 2006.

Her Work and Bio:

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Suraya Parlika – Afghanistan

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Linked with All Afghan Women Union AAWU, with the Afghan Women’s Organisation AWO. And with this Afghanistan pictures.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “I look with pride at the Afghan women’s participation in the Presidential elections. This is an indication that our decades-long efforts have not been brought to naught”.

She says also: “The protests of women against inequality are considered immoral, and it is considered immoral if she embraces the rule of law, travels to another country, or removes the veil. A woman is considered virtuous if she is silent and submissive, and remains in her role as a tool of procreation and pleasure for the man. Only in her role of taking care of her family is she considered good”.

And she says: “In the Koran, women have their own place, but fundamentalist warlords abuse their power. They do not accept the Koran’s law or even the national law. Girls are married very young, sometimes when still in their mother’s womb, sometimes to very old men. Before she can breathe the air, she’s a prisoner. To marry by her will is considered immoral, like prostitution”.

Read: Initial General Assembly of Civil Society & Human Rights Network CSHRN Kabul, 9th August 2004.

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Suraya Parlika – Afghanistan

She works for the Peace Circle, the Democratic Women’s Organization DWO, and the All Afghan Women Union AAWU.

Read: Afghanistan, Women Still in Terror.

Excerpt: … “We fought with our lives to get women’s rights into our constitution. Forty-two percent of women voted.” In the new constitution, women have equal rights with men; but the law has not changed the way women are treated.

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Rudo de Ruijter – Netherlands

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Linked with Mathaba News Network, with Cost, abuse and danger of the dollar, with US-Iran: Raid on nuclear fuel market, and with Pipeline projects through Afghanistan.

He writes: Excerpt: … How Can The Dollar Collapse In Iran? – The advent of the new euro-denominated Iranian Oil Bourse will cause the collapse of the US dollar, says Ruijter, and is far more significant to the US than any Iranian nuclear threat. For decades, the US has imported more than it exports. It manages to do so because oil is sold exclusively in US dollars, creating a permanent demand for the currency. The cycle goes like this: US dollars go from the exchange market to oil-producing countries via oil-buying countries, which then spend their dollars in different global markets, thus bringing dollars back to the exchange market. Over time, foreigners require more and more US dollars as prices rise and more oil is consumed. The US Treasury prints the dollars and spends them abroad, but never has to deliver anything in return. For the US, the oil trade works like a credit card with no limit. Saddam Hussein tried switching to oil for euros in November 2000, and a plunging US dollar was the result. The US eventually invaded Iraq in March 2003, and in June 2003 the oil trade reverted to US dollars, halting – not reversing – the US dollar’s descent. Iran, however, opens its Oil Bourse in March 2006 and the US dollar will once again be vulnerable. The Bourse will not only reduce the power of IPE and NYMEX, but also influence the exchange rate between US dollars and euros. Declaring war against Iran won’t solve the problem, writes Ruijter. While such a move may prevent Iran from selling oil for euros and force the world to buy with US dollars once again, it would only be a matter of time before another non-US-dollar oil bourse (or several) would be established. A war or an embargo may buy some time for the US, but at a very high price. (full long text).

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Sorry, I can not get any photo, nor a biography of Rudo de Ruijter, Netherlands, but there is a big amount of his research-articles.

He writes: Excerpt: … Dictator: A few days later, on December 18, speaking at the Capitol, Bush joked about his starting relationship with the four congressional leaders: “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier….just so long as I’m the dictator.”

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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher – Ethiopia

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Linked with The World Future Council, with How to feed Africa, with Feeding the world and restoring the land, and with When Northern Elephants Fight Over GMOs.

Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher (born 1940) is an Ethiopian who won the Right Livelihood Award in 2000 “for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources.” (full text).

He says: “I am local, rural, communal. And I find that the whole world is a community. We have made progress in asserting our local community rights globally. We shall continue to do so”.

He says also: “The elephants that are Europe and the US thus fight, and the grass that is Africa gets trampled”. (this link).

He received the Right Livelihood Award on 2000 “…for his exemplary work to safeguard biodiversity and the traditional rights of farmers and communities to their genetic resources”.

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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher – Ethiopia

He is Counsillor at the World Future Council.

Read: all his articles at UNjobs.
Read: an open letter to Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher.
Read: Facts to Consider when Receiving Genetically Engineered Food Aid.
Read: Paper from Ethio-Forum 2002 Conference.

And he says: (excerpt): … “My country is still very poor. I leave it to you young graduates with myriads of options ahead of you to bring sufficiency to every Ethiopian life. I would love it if you could change every child that begs for a meal to a student like you.

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Veronica (Neeka) Khokhlova – Russia

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She is a journalist. She writes: I … ‘have lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg on and off since 2001′.

She writes: “I will write for Global Voices and I am really excited about that”, (found on the Liubisa Bojic Blog).

Found on Global Voices from her blog: Russia, User Guide … Monday, March 26, 2007 – This has been an eventful weekend, rally-wise. (In Minsk, Belarus, water cannons had to be used against several thousand citizens opposed to Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime. In Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, it took some 20,000 police and military personnel to prevent yet another “Dissenters’ March” from happening. In Moscow, however, 3,000 riot police were called to guard 15,000 pro-Kremlin Nashi members during their celebration of Vladimir Putin’s seventh year as Russia’s president. Gallery owner Marat Guelman (LJ user galerist) got hold of Nashi booklet – and here’s what he thinks of it. (full text).

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Veronica (Neeka) Khokhlova – Russia

Go to her blog: NEEKA’S BACKLOG, an accumulation of uncompleted work, unsold stock, etc. to be dealt with.

Bio: I’m a Kyiv native; have lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg on and off since 2001; spent nearly three years in the United States, attending Rutgers University (1993-94) and doing my master’s in journalism at the University of Iowa (1996-98); from 1999 to 2001, an NGO job took me to all but two regions of Ukraine, more than once, by train. Marta, my wonderful baby daughter, was born in Kyiv on Dec. 1, 2005;
a year later, we’re all in Moscow again. A stay-at-home working mom, I blog at Neeka’s Backlog; my current photos are at Flickr; nearly 4,600 photos from Kyiv, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Istanbul are at Neeka’s FotoPage; my Global Voices translations are stored on Work Log; some of my pre-blog/non-blog work has been Filed Away.

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Denis Robert – France

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Added on May 26, 2007 this links: Clearstream and some french politics, and:


His book “Revelations”: This is a story about a massive money-laundering operation run by the world’s biggest banks. It hides behind the “eyes-glazing over” technicalities of the international financial system. But it could be one of the biggest illicit money-moving operations anyone has ever seen. And it’s allowed to exist by the financial regulators who answer to Western governments. In these days of global markets, individuals and companies may be buying stocks, bonds or derivatives from a seller who is halfway across the world. Clearinghouses like Clearstream keep track of the “paperwork” for the transactions. Banks with accounts in the clearinghouse use a debit and credit system and, at the end of the day, the accounts (minus handling fees, of course) are totaled up. The clearinghouse doesn’t actually send money anywhere, it just debits and credits its members’ accounts. The money involved is massive. Clearstream handles more than 100 million transactions a year, and claims to have securities on deposit valued at $10 trillion. (full text).

Read: Denis Robert’s whole blog.

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Denis Robert – France

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Maria Reinat-Pumarejo – Puerto Rico

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She agrees with Martin Luther King Jr’s sentence: ‘We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends’.

Maria Reinat-Pumarejo has played a key role in ending the use by the USA of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, as a military base. Her world view of peace and justice has energized and empowered working-class women to uproot racism and sexism. In 1992, her struggle against racism prompted her to cofound the Institute for Latino Empowerment (ILE). In 1995, in collaboration with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, ILE extended its efforts to include white people and other people of color in its mission, resulting in the Undoing Racism Organizing Collective in the Northeast. (Read all on 1000peacewomen 2005).

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Maria Reinat-Pumarejo – Puerto Rico

She works for the Institute for Latino Empowerment ILE *,
for the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond,
and for the East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women’s Network against Militarism.

* has no own website, but is mentionned on others, like these: on: Haarlem World News; on: [AAACE-NLA] school segregation – Anecdotes; on: the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, on: Leadership & Empowerment Institute; and on: RESIST, Guide to Technical Assistance; etc. etc.

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Radhika Coomaraswamy – Sri Lanka

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Linked with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies ICES.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

It is said about her: “She is a brilliant scholar, Radhika Coomaraswamy has created new conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding women and conflict”.

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Radhika Coomaraswamy – Sri Lanka

She works for the International Centre for Ethnic Studies ICES.

Sri Lankan lawyer and academic Radhika Coomaraswamy (born 1953) has written and published extensively on issues such as women and conflict, minority rights and governance. Through her work, this brilliant scholar has created new conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding women and conflict. As a senior UN official, she has laid down new standards for investigating and analyzing violence against women at all levels. (1000peacewomen 2005).

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Michel Bauwens – Belgium & Thailand

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Linked with The Political Economy of Peer Production, with The Foundation for P2P Alternatives, with The cult of Ken Wilber, and with FIVE FUNDAMENTAL ERRORS.

He says: ”I guess I’m more of a serial entrepreneur: as soon as a company reaches a 25-40 staff barrier, I tend to loose interest because of the increased management workload, and so move on to new projects. Anyway in 1998, after selling the two companies I had founded, I had a kind of burnout. This was partly due to the fact that I had been combining my day job with the co-production of a three-hour TV documentary … It was called TechnoCalyps, the Metaphysics of Technology and the End of Man. It was an extensive meditation on the transhuman / posthuman impact of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology”. (full interview text).

Listen to his 22 minutes Google Video on what is P2P (peer-to-peer), registred on October 10, 2006.

Listen to Interviews on Robin Good’s website.

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Michel Bauwens – Belgium & Thailand

Read: Peer to Peer and Human Evolution.

Read: We study the impact of Peer to Peer technology and thought on society.

Read: post autistic economic review.

Michel Bauwens (born 21 March 1958) is a Belgian integral philosopher and Peer-to-Peer theorist. He has worked as an internet consultant, information analyst for the United States Information Agency, information manager for British Petroleum (where he created one of the first virtual information centers), and is former editor-in-chief of the first European digital convergence magazine, the Dutch language Wave.

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Tracy Kidder – USA

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Linked with Paul Farmer, and with Thierry Fagart.

He says: “I’m sickened by strip malls, gated communities, decaying, dying old downtowns. We’ve lost that sense of ancestry in a place, longevity … I grew up in Long Island, a place that vanished in front of my eyes. I grew up there in the ’50s, in the great building boom. It was pretty distressing – you go away and come home and find a whole town gone, a cloverleaf in its place … Nothing human is alien to me – that’s the state of mind I’d like to aspire to. You don’t get far with people by judging them, and one of the nice things of my profession is I don’t have to. It makes things a lot more fun, more interesting. It’s important to hang around with people for a while, let people know what they’re getting into. I try to make people have their eyes as open as they can be. I think, there’s a certain level of decency and honor”. (full text).

Listen to the Tracy Kidder interview with Don Swaim, 1985 (26 min. 37 sec).

Read: Pulitzer Prize winner gives readers insight.

Read: Arts and Lecture series continues.

For the rest of the Spring 2007-tour, put ‘Tracy Kidder’ into Google and click on ‘news’.

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Tracy Kidder – USA

Read: Tracy Kidder to talk about work of Paul Farmer at Case’s Fall Convocation.

He is an American author and Vietnam War veteran. Kidder may be best known, especially within the computing community, for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine, an account of the development of Data General’s Eclipse/MV minicomputer. Kidder followed up with House, in which he chronicles the design and construction of the award-winning Souweine House in Amherst, Massachusetts House reads like a novel, but it is based on many hours of research with the architect, builders, clients, in-laws, and other interested parties. (full text).

Read: A son of privilege as Army officer in Vietnam.

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Carolyn Nordstrom – USA

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Linked with Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, and with Shadow Sovereigns.

She is Professor for political anthropology, peace and conflict resolution, civilians in war zones, medical anthropology, gender, culture theory, (specially for) Africa and Asia.

She says: “For some reason, I’ve always approached life with the question ‘Now, how could this be presented better, no matter what the product or what the civic activity”.

Read: Anthropology 2007.

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Carolyn Nordstrom – USA

She works for the University of Notre Dame, Department of Anthropology, (see course Information), and its Kroc Institute of Interntional Peace Studies.

She says also: I was born in Metter, GA, but I was raised in Collins, GA. Both of those towns are extremely small in comparison to some metropolitan area like Atlanta. I cannot speak much about Metter because I never lived there, but I can say with profound security that Collins was a breeding ground for “small town” ideology. The main focus of that ideology was that all members of that small society were to follow the social norm with very little deviance from it, if any at all. There were members of society that exhibited varying degrees of deviance form these norms and were regarded by other members of that community with the same variance of opinion. Nonetheless, not many people outwardly expressed their unique individualism without harsh, brutal confrontation from the more elite members of that community. What were the norms? The norms were that you were to live a good life—good means that you do what is right in the eyes of “the Lord”—provide for your family, go to Church, and talk about the deviant members of the society in order to manipulate them through isolation. (full text).

Read: African Studies Quarterly.

Read: ENGL 1101 Composition, by Dr. Angela Crow.

… She is also the recipient of the 2001-2002 Research and Writing Grant from the Program on Global Security and Sustainability of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation … (SSRC).

Read: the peace history commission.

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Francisco “Chico” Whitaker Ferreira – Brazil

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Linked with The World Future Council, and with World Social Forum: Origin and Aims.

He says: “So many people thought that Lula’s election meant change was on its way, but instead we’ve been disappointe. It’s sad, but the big lesson that we learned from these last two years is that it is an illusion to think you can change the world by taking political power”. (full text).

… In February 2000, Bernard Cassen, chair of Attac and director of Le Monde Diplomatique, met in Paris with Grajew and Francisco Whitaker, of the Brazilian Justice and Peace Commission (CBJP), to discuss the possibility of such a forum … (full text).

… As Francisco Whitaker, a member of the organizing committee from Brazil noted, “The Forum is a wind of hope that has taken hold in all of our hearts.” Almost 5 thousand organizations from 131 countries participated along with 11,600 young people who stayed in tents at the International Youth Camp … (full text).

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Francisco “Chico” Whitaker Ferreira – Brazil

He says also: “The Forum as an incubator space for movements. The Forum’s Charta of Principles has a very advanced approach in the position against establishing for itself any kind of direction or leadership: nobody gets the right to speak in the name of the Forum – it doesn’t suit to speak in the name of a free space – or of its participants. Everyone – individuals and organizations – keep their rights to express themselves and to act during and after the Forum according to his convictions, assuming or not positions and proposals that are or have been presented by other participants, but never in the name of the Forum and of the participants altogether. The Forum is an open space, like the public gardens, and as it is specified in the Charta of Principles.

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Ruth Sando Perry – Liberia

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Linked with The Perry Center, and with ECOWAS – The Economic Community of West African States.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “As a mother, I consider the children and their future my biggest priority” … and: “We understand that there are difficult decisions to make when you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. We are here to help young single mothers prepare for these changes. It is important that each young woman makes the decision that is best for herself and her unborn baby, so that each may live a full, productive, and loving life. The Perry Center is a quiet, reflective place with counselors experienced in helping to guide women in crisis pregnancy situation”. (full text).

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Ruth Sando Perry – Liberia

She works for the NGO Peace Now, for the Perry Center, and also with ECOWAS – The Economic Community of West African States.

Ruth Sando Perry (born 1939) was a lecturer at the University of Liberia before settling in Monrovia where she worked in a bank and created the NGO Peace Now. As the first female Head of State and Chairperson, Council of State of the Liberia National Transitional Government, Ruth Sando Perry presided over the disarmament of the warring parties in Liberia, repatriated and resettled refugees and displaced people, and conducted internationally acclaimed free and fair democratic elections.

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Nela Martínez Espinosa – Ecuador (1912 – 2004)

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Read: Nela en la memoria – Un nido de colibrí, conchas de colores, flores y cartas, elementos que siempre acompañaron a Nela. Entre sus obras figuran “Cuentos de la Tortura”, “Antología de Narradores Ecuatorianos”, su colaboración en “Los Guandos” y numerosos poemas publicados e inéditos.

She said: “In the revolutionary spirit of 1944 it was logical to encounter the harshest machismo, after the storm of the armed fighting had passed and the presence of the military and the police. The city of Quito was taken by the people without even a single violent action. I was moved by the presence of the women who were there day and night with their children, carrying them on their backs or holding them by their hands. That powerful symbol was enough to enable us to liberate those persecuted and confined as political prisoners. It was not necessary to resort to repression to gain peace”.

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Nela Martínez Espinosa – Ecuador (1912 – 2004)

She worked for the Women’s Continental Front for Peace and Against Intervention.

She was a world fighter for peace, against military dictatorships and imperialism. She turned her indignation into a campaign for the human rights of both men and women. From different departure points, she contributed to the thoughts and actions behind the construction of citizenship for women. She was dedicated from a very young age to the struggle of the indigenous people and their process of self-determination and the historical appreciation of their identity.

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Beatriz Elena Rodríguez Rengifo – Colombia

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “For some time, I have understood that there are more valuable things than money, such as respect, our rights, feeling proud when you are in front of your children. You cannot buy that with money.”

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Beatriz Elena Rodríguez Rengifo – Colombia

Asociación de Mujeres Productoras de Cárnicos (Association of Women Butchers/Meatpackers of Caquetá’ Asomupcar)

Beatriz Rodríguez was born in Dosquebradas, Risaralda, Colombia. She was a sex worker in a bar called California. Through a municipal civil servant, a client of that bar, she got to know the mayoress, Lucrecia Murcia, who supported her in the development of programs to bring upon improvements for her and her work mates. So Beatriz, along with her companions, formed a micro-company of meatpackers/butchers and other projects to benefit women in their position and allow them to be economically self-sufficient.

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Sharla Musabih – United Arab Emirates

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Linked with the City of Hope, and with Women living under Muslim laws.

She is an American married to a UAE national, and her fight has focused on an altogether darker and more hidden aspect of UAE society: domestic abuse.

She says: “My friends and I discovered that domestic violence was stepping up and so I started taking women into my home … We have rape victims. We have rape victims who are pregnant. And sometimes after the pregnancy, we have had to do DNA tests to prove the identity of the child’s father” … “The development of the UAE is really amazing. But what I saw happening (at the beginning) was the development of a lot of social problems, which, as a result of the sudden influx of over 100 different nationalities, were being overlooked”.

The City of Hope – an organization founded in 2001 by Sharla and two other women, Lena Mustapha and Margaret Greeney – has served as a refuge for hundreds of abused women and children. Its establishment, says Sharla, was in direct response to a growing need that has been neglected during the UAE’s stunning infrastructural and cultural transformation … The police and other social agencies, says Sharla, found it hard to cope with the sudden rush of an incoming multinational population. Their systems – designed with the customs of the UAE in mind – began to crack. (full text).

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Sharla Musabih – United Arab Emirates

She works for the City of Hope.

… for a Muslim cleric who sees the shelter going against the conservative culture of the society, Musabih is a “suspect foreigner who is inciting women against their husbands.” “There are courts and law in this country. A woman being beaten by her husband can file a lawsuit and the judge would divorce her,” Iraqi Sheikh Ahmad al-Qubaisi said. The U.A.E.-based cleric said people are very wary of the role of the shelter, claiming that some see it as a stop to traffic women into prostitution.

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Hadizatou Issa Iyayi – Niger

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Linked with Alleviating Poverty in Nigeria.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She is also one of the political heroes as Human rights defender.

She says: “A widow is not needy just because she holds a special place in society. She also has her part to play in her country’s economic development”.

Read: WILDAF-Newsletter.

Read: disarming our mindset.

Read: Commission Européenne, rapport final in french: le Niger (by scrolling down);

Read: Post-conflict Reconstruction in Africa: A Gender Perspective, Document distributed by: The African Centre for Gender & Development, A Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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Hadizatou Issa Iyayi – Niger

She works for the Association of Widows and Victims of the Rebellion of Niger AWVRN (has no own website, but is mentionned on others, see below under ‘links’).

Born in Diffa in 1957, Hadizatou Issa Iyayi is known in her country for her courage and her consistency in fighting against injustice and the relegation of women to second place in Niger. Supporters of the AWVRN lost people dear to them – husbands, parents and others during the internal conflicts provoked by the Touareg rebels. This situation occurred amid poverty and total confusion. At the end of rebellion, these women were afraid and forgotten by everyone, including Nigerian authorities.

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Judge C. G. Weeramantry – Sri Lanka

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Linked with Weeramantry International Centre For Peace Education and Research, with Arms Control Today, and with Arms Control Association.

He says: ”The Universal Declaration (of Human Rights) is only a starting point and its principles have kept developing over the years. International declarations like the International Covenants have developed its principles further but it is now for domestic legal systems to translate them into actual practice till they become ingrained in the legal system of each country. They must also be ingrained in the consciousness of the people and in the consciousness of the legal profession”. (full text).

Listen to his 3 minutes video on YouTube.

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Judge C. G. Weeramantry – Sri Lanka

Links to Judge Weeramantry’s Decisions While he was a Member of the International Court of Justice.

He says also: Excerpt: ” … When the Universal Declaration (of Human Rights) was being drafted, there was a school of thought to the effect that it would be impossible for the Committee that was working on it, chaired by Mrs. Roosevelt, to achieve agreement on what they were striving to achieve – namely a declaration across the cultures on certain fundamentals that all traditions and cultures would accept. All the pundits of the time said that this would end in failure because it was just impossible to achieve such consensus having regard to the differences between cultures and traditions. However, Mrs. Roosevelt and her committee pressed ahead with commendable zeal.

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Jean Plantureux, called PLANTU – France

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Jean Plantureux, who goes by the professional name Plantu, is a cartoonist specializing in political satire. His work has frequently appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde since 1972.

He says: “This trip to the U.S. will give me the opportunity to meet American cartoonists and learn how they work. Wherever I go, I have a habit of probing my colleagues in order to better understand how much room for expression and creativity their respective countries allow them. In the U.S., I will try to figure out the line that cannot be crossed”. (full text).

Read in french /lire en français les 756 pdf-pages (if you are courageous /si vous etes courageux), de: ‘La Signification Politique des Dessins de PLANTU‘, (1972-2000).

Read: Profile of Plantu, French Cartoonist.

Read: Plantu and cartoonists for peace in the Middle East.

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Jean Plantureux, called PLANTU – France

For most readers of the French newspaper Le Monde, Plantu is an institution. His cartoons hit the front page of the paper almost daily and they usually set the tone for the news of the day. In that respect, he is also an exception. In the French news media, images have become overwhelming and cartoons are often, if not always, relegated to the editorial pages … (full text Febr. 19, 2007).

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Cyd Ho Sau-lan – Hong Kong, China

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Linked with Cyd Ho Sau-lan’s letter to Hong-Kong, and with the Centre for Comparative and Public Law.

Cyd Ho Sau Lan, born 1954, was a full-time legislative councillor of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council LegCo, elected from the geographical constituency of New Territories East from 1998 to 2000 and Hong Kong Island from 2000 to 2004. She is a founding member of The Frontier, a local pro-democracy political group. She is well-known for promoting universal suffrage, rule of law, human rights, and equal opportunity, as well as advancement in the interests of women, homosexuals and other minority groups. (full text).

She says: “It’s a long way to democracy. More hurdles of interpretation might be ahead of us. The trio from the NPC surprised us with meeting the democrats, gentle words and crack of joke. However, political gestures, no matter how sophisticated to sweeten, cannot heal the wound after damage is done. The skillful lobbying is meaningful only before the interpretation when amendment to or withdrawal of the resolution is possible with interactive dialogue. The hard fact left behind the trio is, the interpretation lifted the threshold to democratization. The positive change comes only in form but unfortunately not in substance”. (full text).

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Cyd Ho Sau-lan – Hong Kong, China

She works as chairperson for the Human Rights Monitor in Hong Kong and she is the co-convener of the Project Civil Referendum.

Listen to her speach on YouTube.
Listen to her audio or/and video on South China Morning Post.

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Nina Simone / Eunice Kathleen Waymon – USA (1933 – 2003)

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The Diva, born February 21, 1933 in Tryon (North Carolina/USA) – † April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, France).who was as well an Honorary Doctor in Music and Humanities, has an unrivalled legendary status as one of the very last ‘griots”. She is and will forever be the ultimate songstress and storyteller of our times.

Listen to many of her songs on YouTube of 1962, as for example:

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Nina Simone / Eunice Kathleen Waymon (02-21.33 – 04-21-03)

Read on BBC: Jazz legend Simone dies.

Bio, by Roger Nupie, President “International Dr. Nina Simone Fan Club“: Excerpts: … Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the “Eunice Waymon Fund”, she could continue her general and musical education. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York. To support her family financially, she started working as an accompanist. In the summer of 1954 she took a job in an Irish bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bar owner told her she had to sing as well. Without having time to realize what was happening, Eunice Waymon, who was trained to become a classical pianist, stepped into show business. She changed her name into Nina (”little one”) Simone (”from the French actress Simone Signoret”) …

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Marilyn Waring – New Zealand

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Linked with DEV NET – AOTEAROA New Zealand.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Upcoming LecturesMarilyn Waring: ‘Money, Gender and Equity’, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 07:30 PM – Marilyn Waring will change your perceptions of justice, economics and the worth of your own work forever. David Suzuki has said that she penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological and social crisis that afflicts the world … Lecture is held at 7:30pm in the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland. Doors open at 6:30pm. (full text).

Marilyn challenges the assumption that international business systems are adequately meeting the needs of both local and global communities. Using plain language laced with ironic humour, she makes it clear that classic economics work to benefit one particular group, while the rest of us – the vast majority – pay the price … Marilyn was one of 40 “visionaries” chosen by the BBC World Service from throughout the English-speaking world for their series of hour-long millennium interviews, and one of the 1000 Women nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She has worked as a multi lateral development consultant in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, and conducted the Ministerial Review of NZAID in 2005. (full text).

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Marilyn Waring – New Zealand

She works for the Massey University.

She says: “One of the joys of getting older is being able to see the victories: nuclear-free New Zealand, the collapse of the Berlin wall, Mandela, hopefully soon a Palestinian nation state”.

She says also: “What keeps me going and gives me strength? The amazing stories every day of people defying the odds. I can get a buzz out of thousands of people in the Ukraine protesting on the streets in the middle of winter, people picketing Mac Donalds, when Wangaari wins the Nobel Prize or when one US Congress woman refuses to go to war against Iraq. At the same time I can go to staggering pieces of theatre like David Hare’s Via Dolorosa; I have never forgotten Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party. You just feed off all of that, just the extraordinary creative network of defiance”.

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Zakari Tata Askira – Nigeria

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Linked with European banks and Africa’s wealth, with Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons FRCS, and with LIMITING DOCTORS AND LAWYERS – WRONG ANSWER.

He is a doctor, MD, but also thinks and writes about poverty, behavior of banks, education and development for Africa.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Zakari Tata Askira, Nigeria in the internet, but some good texts.

He writes: ”The gap between the poor and rich countries of the world today is extreme. Living standards in Africa can greatly be increased if European Banks stop facilitating African corruption. Africans should realize that they have only themselves to blame for underdevelopment. We cannot look to Europe to develop us, and the moral obligation for African development is ours. We must individually face up to our responsibilities. An underdeveloped Africa means persistent poverty and dependency with attendant lack of social, economic and physical security. The battles for independence have become ancient battle cries with no substance as we still live in dependency. Our wealth is sitting in European banks for free while our continent languishes” … (Found this article on 3 other websites: First on News from Africa, 15 September 2006, by Zakari Tata Askira -Source: Global Afrikan Congress /Homepage-, and slightly different on Nigeria World, July 2006, also by Zakari Tata Askira, on AfricaFiles, but also an excerpt on our Economy and Society-Blog).

Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA and THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, March 7, 2003 – one;

Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA AND THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, March 7, 2003 – two;

Read: MINERAL WEALTH, VENEZUELA, AND THE HONDA CIVIC, LESSONS FOR NIGERIA, October 15, 2003 – three;

Read: AREWA’S LOSS, by Zakari T Askira – January 10, 2007.

He writes: … Northern Nigeria has always lagged behind in western style education that is relevant in today’s world. The only way that the North can develop is for Northerners to look beyond selfish interests and join its great minds together for purposes of growth. The other regions of Nigeria that were more advanced educationally at time of independence today have developed their banking and finance structures. The North would do well to learn from them as to how they developed these structures even when they did not wield presidential power. The North has enough wealth and manpower to develop into a World class economy. We are blessed with a simple common language and a culture that does not split us into small clan groups. We are more unified as a people than most but for reasons best known to us we have been unable to use this great asset for growth. What we need today is for Northerners to start a non political dialogue with a view to developing the North. There should be a group that can give advice on rationalizing the resources that we have. We have to stop duplicating structures in the various Northern states that only serve to dilute our limited Human Capital. Advice should be obtained from professionals in other parts of the country where significant strides have been achieved. A poorly developed Northern Nigeria is not good for Nigeria. As we strive to recapture Sardauna’s essence, there has to be a meeting of minds that is selfless. The creation of states has only further served to stagnate Northern development for there is really no difference in the aspirations of a man from Sokoto versus one from Bauchi. We should take an honest assessment of the situation. There should be no place for blame or name calling. The goal should be progress. Every single Northerner with ability should take responsibility for our current state of affairs. We cannot blame the leaders for they are a reflection of us. The time is ripe to forget and rebuild.There should be no competition with other parts of the country. Rather, the goal should be mutual coexistence and sharing of developmental resources. If National development is the goal, we cannot fail. (full text).

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Paul Beersmans – Belgium

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Linked with Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK, with JAMMU AND KASHMIR, A SMOULDERING CONFLICT, and with again Kashmir. Added later: linked also with Conclusions, with BASJAK’s report on Jammu and Kashmir, and with Meetings.

He says: (Excerpt): ” … Our Association urges the Governments of India and Pakistan to respect conscientiously the mutual commitments and to continue bilateral and meaningful negotiations over Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan will not achieve real security until they find a way to resolve their tensions. We appeal to all parties concerned, including the Kashmir leadership, to respond to the desire of the common man for peace and a chance to earn his livelihood to restart his life. Responsibility must take the place for jingoism. The most compelling need of the hour is the protection of life in the homes and on the streets of Kashmir. The Kashmiris have the right to enjoy all their Human Rights, including economic, social and cultural rights … ” (full text: statement at Commission on Human Rights, 57th SESSION, GENEVA, 25 JULY – 12 AUGUST 2005).

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Paul Beersmans – Belgium

He works with the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir BASJAK.

Bio:

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Irina Mutsuovna Khakamada (Hakamada) – Russian Federation

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “My idea is to transform Russia into a new country of freedom and social justice, in which human life is the primary concern and the supreme value”.

Irina Mutsuovna Hakamada (Ири́на Муцу́овна Хакама́да) (born April 13, 1955) is a Russian politician who ran in the Russian presidential election, 2004. Irina Hakamada was an elected representative in Russian Duma from 1993 to 2003. She is commonly regarded as a democratic politician who is in a moderate opposition to the Russian government. (full text).

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Irina Mutsuovna Khakamada (Hakamada) – Russian Federation

She works for Nash Vybor (in russian), a new political movement (english text).

She says also: “The tragedy of the Chechen people, and of the Russian people as a whole, results from the fact that after the military operation in Chechnya [during the second campaign], a profoundly erroneous path of peace settlement was chosen. The following mistakes were made:

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Abbot-Pra Acharn Phusit (Chan) Khantitharo – Thailand

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(Thai Version)

Linked with Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Forest Monastery (Tiger Temple).

Deep in the heart of the Kanchanaburi province in Western Thailand there lies a Buddhist temple with a difference. For not only is this temple home to monks who spend their time in prayer and meditation, over the last 7 years it has become a sanctuary for tigers. When villagers found an orphaned tiger cub, they went from place to place seeking help. Upon arrival at the monastery, the cub was welcomed out of compassion and saved from certain death. Since then many more orphaned tigers have found refuge under the abbots loving care. (text)

He says: “Why can’t we live together … afterall we all have the same blood … and it’s red”, on the documentary filmed at Tiger Temple, in Dec.2003.

Read his poem ‘Compassion nurtures the world‘.

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Abbot-Pra Acharn Phusit (Chan) Khantitharo – Thailand

He says also: “Buddhism belongs to the Lord Buddha. The Principal Buddha Image: we see is Phra Buddha Kanchanaphisek (Golden Jubilee Buddha Image). This is the Buddha Image built by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, our gracious king. The merits made by you all or any contributions to this monastery belong to those who make it. No one can take that away from you even when you die. The heart still enjoys the fruits of the action incessantly until attaining nirvana. So, as we were born, don’t waste the time. Make merit for yourself and others, as well as the beings. Don’t let defilement lead the heart to trouble”.

Key Areas of the Monastery.

Thai-Newspaper.

Beside teachings, Monks do not speak about themselves, but much about their work. So it is normal that the presentation of Abbot Pra Acharn Phusit tells mainly about his beloved tigers.

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Richard Douthwaite – Ireland

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Linked with Three Key Steps to Sustainability, and with Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

He says: ”Sustainability needs to be achieved in two time-frames. One is short-term and largely economic. We need to eat tonight. Employees have to be paid at the end of the week. Interest has to be paid at the end of the half-year. The second time-frame seems less urgent but is no less important. The natural environment has to be preserved. Capital equipment, buildings and infrastructure have to be kept up. Health has to be maintained. Knowledge and skills have to be preserved and passed on. And social structures such as families, friendships and neighbourhoods have to stay strong”. (full text).

Read: Short Circuit.

Download and read in pdf: the economy of money, by Richard Douthwaite.

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Richard Douthwaite – Ireland

Link to some of his articles about sustainable energy.

Richard Douthwaite is an economist and writer with special interest in energy issues and local economic development. He was born in Sheffield in England. He worked as a Journalist, before studying economics at the University of Essex and the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He was a former economic advisor to the governments of Jamaca and Montserrat before moving to Westport in Co. Mayo in the early 1970’s. He has made a special study of rural sustainability and his book Short Circuit (1996) gives examples of currency, banking, energy and food production systems which communities can use to make themselves less dependent on the world economy. He was a founder of Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, a registered charity which aims to establish the characteristics that an economic system would have to possess to be truly sustainable.

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Josie Tankunani Sirivi – Papua New Guinea

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Linked with The Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom BWPF.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Having lived and witnessed the suffering, I decided to do whatever I could to help our own unfortunate mothers and children”.

Read: Thinkin Peace, Making Peace, a 96 page pdf.

Read: Women taking action locally and globally, a 218 pages pdf.

Read: Can Rationality Embrace the Uncanny? New Ways to Manage Conflict in the South Pacific.

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Josie Tankunani Sirivi – Papua New Guinea

She works for Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom BWPF.

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY RESOURCES, BOUGAINVILLE.

Read: Bougainville’s inspiring tribute to survival by women of peace.

Hunted by the Papua New Guinea Defense Force as bait to capture her husband, Josie Sirivi took to the jungle during the Bougainville crisis. She saw women and children suffering and organized local women to earn income and assist other families in need. She lobbied and obtained relief supplies from NGO agencies to distribute through women’s groups. She founded and was the first president of Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom and led a women’s team to conduct a peace awareness campaign, and to explain the peace process, especially to outlying community groups. . She was a key negotiator representing women in the peace process that started in October 1997.

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Dulcy de Silva – Sri Lanka

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Linked with Mothers and Daughters of Sri Lanka.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “The most important thing actually is to give time for every one to participate in the discussion. Everybody’s voice must be heard and we have to respect all the ideas. We may be a great expert on some issues but giving others a chance will be greater”.

They say about her: “Even at 71, an indefatigable Dulcy traverses the country talking to people on both sides of the ethnic concertina, often risking life and limb”.

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Dulcy de Silva – Sri Lanka

She works for Mothers and Daughters of Sri Lanka (see on WomenWarPeace.org).

She is the co-ordinator of National Anti-War Front Women’s Sectio, Cofounder of the Mothers and Daughters of Sri Lanka, Dulcy de Silva (born 1933) is convinced that because women are the most severely affected by conflict, they are also the key to peace efforts. She has founded a dynamic peace movement that has gained in influence and recognition. At 71, an indefatigable Dulcy continues to travel throughout the country, braving personal danger. She is known in all of Sri Lanka, respected by Tamils and Sinhalese alike as an honest negotiator, and talks to people on both sides of the ethnic divide. She has been politically active since her school and university days.

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Angela Gomes – Bangladesh

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Linked with Banchte Shekha – Bangladesh.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “They were my university. Every woman. Every life. I have learned everything I know from them”, … and: “thousands of helpless women seemed to beckon me to them”, … and: “the oppression and insults merely made me more determined to achieve my goal”.

She says also: “They were treated like house servants-underfed, beaten, and mentally tortured. No one respected them, not even themselves. They had no solutions to their problems. Life just went on” … and: “I wanted to find a solution for them, to work on the ‘woman problem’, but everyone-Father Ceci, the sisters, my family-thought I should go back to my own village and get married”.

Angela Gomes is a social worker from Bangladesh. She won the prestigious Magsaysay Award in 1999 for community leadership. She leads the organization Bachte Shekha (Learning to Live) in the Jessore region of the country. It teaches rural women a vast range of income-generating skills, including handicrafts, raising crops, poultry and livestock, fish farming, beekeeping and silk making. Her organization benefits some 20,000 women in at least 400 villages. (wikipedia).

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Angela Gomes – Bangladesh

She works for Banchte Shekha.

Her Banchte Shekha organization offers female-empowerment programs to more than 25,000 women in nearly 430 Bangladeshi villages. IN THE EARLY DAYS, Angela Gomes used to borrow a bicycle and pedal alone through the dusty countryside near the Bangladeshi city of Jessore. She would talk to village women, listening to their problems and offering what little help she could. Indignant at this interference in their traditional ways, the menfolk would sometimes hurl rocks at her as she passed. For all the effect they had, they might as well have been throwing ping-pong balls. (full text).

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Sharon Hutchinson – USA

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Linked with Genocide in Darfur.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “The studen organization ‘Action in Sudan’ has been very successful. Some of my pld students started it up last year. I occasionally give talks, but it’s their baby. I’m proud of my students … we have huge responsibility to give back to the place we study from”. And: “That’s the wonderful thing about anthropoogy, whatever I’m learning, it goes immediately into my life”.

She says also: “No one had gone back to this area for a very long time, partly because I think they were afraid to follow in the footsteps of this great Oxford anthropoplogist (Edward Evans-Pritchard). I decided that if I wanted to study cultural change that I would work there because I had a kind of baseline. I was interested in how these people (the Nur) saw their own world as changing and actively trying to figure things out. It’s a rough place to go”. (Both citations on news.wisc.edu/).

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Sharon Hutchinson – USA

She works for the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and for the Civilian Protection Monitoring Team.

Listen: a Sharon Hutchinson Interview, conducted September 29, 2006 with progressiv radio.

For the past 25 years, Sharon Hutchinson has initiated grassroots efforts and focused international attention on human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan. An anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a human rights consultant, her research has taken her to the frontlines.

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