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Index June 2007

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Kate Adoo Adeku – Ghana

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Linked with Gender poverty and sustainable environmental management, with Change in Adult Education, and with African Women Pioneeres / Femmes Africa Solidarité.

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

It is said: “Good human relations, that are a very important aspect of the African culture, have made Kate one of the most distinguished in her field of operation”.

She is also ASSOCIATE RESEARCHERS & CONSULTANTS, CSPS;
and Principal/Senior Lecturer (Institute of Adult Education, University of Ghana, Legon); B.A. (Political Science), University of Ghana, Legon; M.Phil. (Adult Education), University of Ghana, Legon.

Ghana News Agency quoted Kate Adoo-Adeku, a member of SWAA as saying that although laws existed in various countries, the peculiar nature of the AIDS epidemic and the violations of the rights of infected people warranted the enactment of specific legal interventions to deal with the impact of HIV/AIDS. (full text).

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Sorry, I can not find any photo that I can copy of Kate Adoo Adeku, Ghana (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Society for Women Against AIDS in Africa SWAA, for the Institute of Adult Education at the University of Ghana (scroll down to item 22), for Peace Now, and for ‘Population and Development PAD’.

Professor Kate Adoo Adeku (60) is a courageous lady who grew up in a small farming community. She not only teaches but is also active in different non-governmental organizations (see above).
Since she was 12, Kate Adoo Adeku took several actions with the intention of changing the situation of her sisters in rural and urban communities for a better quality of life.

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Tsisana Rapava – Georgia

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Linked with IACERHRG, and with APRRA.

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

She says: “My dream is to see happy faces of people, living in their native lands, using their real human rights, guaranteed them by the state laws” … and: “Improvement of the health of more than 150 refugees and more than 20 political prisoners is my biggest achievement”.

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Tsisana Rapava, Georgia (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Association for Protection of the Rights of the Refugees from Abkhazia APRRA. And she was a cofounder of the International Association Caucasus: Ethnic Relations, Human Rights, Geopolitics.

Tsisana Rapava is an economist and a remarkable public figure of Georgia. She works on the problems of refugees from Abkhazia (Autonomous Republic of Georgia), South Ossetia (Shida Kartli region of Georgia), and the Chechen Republic. She herself is a refugee from Abkhazia. A well-known public person, Tsisana actively participated in the movement for the restoration of the independence of the state of Georgia.

She is currently residing in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Tbilisi State University. Since the beginning of 1994 she has been a refugee from Abkhazia. During the violent Abkhazian-Georgian conflict in November 1993 her son, Giorgi Rukhadze, disappeared and was later declared missing. She also has a daughter.

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María Julia Hernández Chavarría – El Salvador (1939 – 2007)

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

Member of Executive Committee Marie Hernandez died 30 March 2007 … She was Director of the Office of Tutela Legal of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, and Member of the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International. (full text).

She said: “The situation of the Salvadorian people is terrible; all their rights are violated. There is a direct violation against the human person, a violation of rights that is endemic in society” … and: “I get my energy from my faith in God. God is my rock. He gives me the energy to fight for humanity, for peace in the world. The most important things are men and women, but ironically, they are the most aggrieved in our society. I am driven by my mission to help the Salvadorian people, who live in a defenseless and precarious state. I know that, from a religious point of view, defending human rights is also a labor of evangelism because it is the defense of human dignity, of men and women in the image of God. It is a choice of love, a choice of faith. I shall never give up”. (1000PeaceWomen).

She said also: “The situation of the Salvadorian people is terrible; all their rights are violated. There is a direct violation against the human person, a violation of rights that is endemic in society”. (full text).

Galería de Imágenes, (picture gallery).

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María Julia Hernández Chavarría – El Salvador (January 30, 1939 – March 30, 2007).

She worked for the Legal Tutelage of the Archbishops of San Salvador.

Comunicado de Fallecimiento de Dra. María Julia Hernández: Dra. María Julia Hernández, nació el 30 de enero de 1939 en Francisco Morazán, Honduras, de padres salvadoreños, por lo que era salvadoreña de nacimiento. Era Doctora en Derechos Humanos y Licenciada en Filosofía. Falleció en la ciudad de San Salvador, a los 68 años. “Nuestro profundo desafío y compromiso, nuestra razón de ser, son las víctimas, que en su mayoría son los pobres de El Salvador”. (full text).

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Fanny Sonia Pollarolo Villa – Chile

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

She says: “I am convinced that the end of discrimination will not only benefit the victims, but it will also improve the quality of life and the culture in our country”.

She says also “During the period of repression, I went back to the country to work for the Vicariate for Solidarity, and the Foundation for Social Aid, directed by the Christian Church”.

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Fanny Sonia Pollarolo Villa – Chile

She works for the ‘Consejo Nacional para el Control de Estupefacientes CONACE‘.

Fanny Pollarolo’s role in Chile’s political, cultural and social arena is momentous and irreplaceable. As a Member of Parliament, she has had a fundamental role in the legal defense of sexual minorities. She has been a driving force in the decriminalization of sodomy and was the creator of the Aids law, which was passed to fix the responsibility of the State in that matter. Her work has been crucial for bringing together different sectors whose common aim is to build a democracy respectful of the rights of a diverse society.

Linares, a city located south of Santiago, the capital of Chile, is an important farming and livestock center. Fanny Pollarolo was born there in 1935. Her community work began as a doctor and Psychiatry professor.

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Yukika Sohma – Japan

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Linked with the Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation, and with Association for Aid and Relief AAR.

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

She is also the President of the ‘Association for Aid and Relief’, in japanese, in english, and Elected Vice Chair of the Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation, in japanese, in english, both Japan.

Her code of conduct: Peace, Safety, International Contribution.

She says: “I found a gold mine in the hearts of the Japanese people”.

She says also: “The concept of social welfare and voluntary service is relatively new in a society where the welfare of each family member is the responsibility of the head of the family”.

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Yukika Sohma – Japan

She works for the Association for Aid and Relief AAR, for the The Republic of Korea Women’s Friendship Association (no english website found), and for the Ozaki Memorial Foundation.

Yukika Sohma, known for her power to mobilize the moral and spiritual strength of the citizens of Japan, founded the country’s first non-government relief organization to aid refugees. The daughter of Yukio Ozaki, the father of Japanese parliamentary democracy, Yukika called upon each citizen of Japan to give one yen to help Indochinese refugees in the late 1970s, thus beginning her life’s work.

Today called the Association for Aid and Relief, her organization was largely responsible for the Japanese government’s decision to sign the international treaty to ban landmines.

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Francis X. D’Sa – India

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Ansage: 3sat, Sonntag, 01.07., Show/Talkshow 09:15 – 10:15 Uhr, Indische Philosophien: Der Indologe, Theologe und Jesuit Francis X. D’Sa gibt Einblick in die philosophischen Traditionen Indiens.

Prof Dr Francis X D’Sa SJ has been a Professor of Indian Religions and Theology of Religion at the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth [Pontifical Athenaeum], Pune since 1973. From 1975 he has been a regular visiting Professor at Universities in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In addition, Dr D’Sa is a guest Lecturer at several other academic Institutions in Europe. Since April 2003 he occupies the Chair for Missionswissenschaft und Dialog der Religionen in the Faculty for Catholic Theology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. (full text).

He says: ”We have to accept every colour of the rainbow to see the light”.

He says also: “Media-presentations about the relationships between the diverse cultures are increasingly speaking of an imminent clash of cultures. But prior to any clash is the fact of misunderstanding the “other” and the failure to build bridges. Hence apart from goodwill there is an urgent need to understand the dynamics that are at work in socio-economic and cultural interconnections. It is important to discern between the chaff of rhetoric and the wheat of reality. This is the precondition for discovering the rich but hidden potential inherent in intercultural communication. The dialogue of cultures, experts agree, is unavoidable if we wish to tread the path to peace. Only dialogue can help preserve the uniqueness of a culture in the rainbow of cultures. The question that arises in this context: Can the ordinary citizen contribute to such a dialogue of cultures”. (full text).

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Francis X. D’Sa – India

Christians must revise their self-perceptions before they can engage in “common witness,” says Father Francis X. D’Sa, a Jesuit noted for his contributions to interreligious dialogue for more than 40 years. … He is a lecturer at various academic institutions in Europe and is a professor in Indian Religions and Theology of Religion at the Pontificium Athenaeum, in Pune, India. His constant goal has been to make Hindu traditions intelligible to Catholics and Christian perspectives understandable to Hindus. Father D’Sa has helped start two projects in rural areas of India: MAHER for battered women and their children, and ISHWARI to train young village women. (full text).

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Shana Chang – China

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

She says: “Life is a chain of difficulties. When one obstacle is overcome, another arises. However, I will never retreat. My youth will not return, so whatever the difficulties, I will struggle to the end”.

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Shana Chang – China

She works for the Alumni Association of Europe & America,
and for the China Artist Association

Apart from being an educator, Chang Shana is also engaged in the research and protection of Dunhuang cave art. As a professional scholar she has achieved great popularity because of her important creative designs and published works. She is committed to teaching, art, and the preservation of Dunhuang culture.Chang Shana was born in Lyon, France in 1931. She started to study mural painting in Dunhuang in 1945. In 1948, she went to the USA for further studies. She is the former head of Central Academy of Arts and Design. She belongs to the first generation of new China designers in industrial art who have produced many research works. She is now the vice president of China Arts Association. Her father Chang Shuhong was a famous Chinese painter and specialist in Dunhuang Studies, who had been honored as “the eudemon of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes”. He was also the first Director of Dunhuang Cultural Relics Institute. At the beginning of 1943, Chang took his family to Dunhuang. Subsequently, Chang became a famous expert in Dunhuang Studies, and Chang Shana, who was only 12 that year, has since been fascinated by the charm of Dunhuang art.

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Jiying Xu – China

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

She says: “Let tea flowers serve for the health of all mankind while China opens to the world”.

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Jiying Xu – China

She works for the Zhonglinluyuan (Beijing) Tea Flowers Research Center.

Xu Jiying is director of the Zhonglinluyuan (Beijing) Tea Flowers Research Center. She has devoted more than 20 years to the study of the uses of tea flowers, thus changing this once ignored part of tea trees into an important asset to mankind. Without charging any fees, she has devised and conducted training courses for over 10,000 tea planters from all over China.This is a true story about a special person with her special connection with tea flowers.
In the winter of 1949, various kinds of beautiful tree flowers were blossoming in the tea gardens in the hilly areas of Anhui Province, China. At the time, a child from a Xu family, who had grown tea there for generations, died. The sad father, accompanied by neighbors, went out for a walk. One big tea tree in bloom caught the eye. When they got closer to the tree, they found a dying baby girl covered in torn clothes lying underneath it. They regarded this girl as a flower angel sent by God to the Xu family to compensate for their loss. The little girl grew up in the tea garden and has never since wandered far. Xu Jiying is known as the person who is passionate about tea; she is also the first person to do research and development on tea flowers.

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Xuebo Li – China

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

She says: “Exercise my duty when on duty. Serve the people with the power assigned by the people”.

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Xuebo Li – China

She works for The People’s Government of Chifeng City.

Since taking up her position as vice mayor of Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, Li Xuebo has developed a strong gender consciousness. She strives to find ways of helping poor women who live on poor land to increase their income. She encourages the women to be independent and self-supporting, and have self-respect. Her work has helped improved their living conditions and has enhanced their status.Li Xuebo of Han nationality is not a member of any political party. She graduated from the Liaoning Institute of Finance and served as an officer and deputy director in the Statistics Bureau, deputy director of the Rural Enterprises Bureau, vice-chairperson of the Political Consultative Committee in Chifeng City. Now she is the vice mayor of the Chifeng City government.

Located in south-east Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Chifeng is an underdeveloped area in which the Han people constitute the majority and the Mongolian people self-govern themselves. The City consists of 12 counties among which 8 fall in the list of poor counties identified by the central Government and 2 in the list of poor autonomous counties at the regional level. The population of the city is 4.6 million, with 512 thousand living below the poverty line. Among them, 342 thousand are women and children. Ever since she was appointed as vice mayor of Chifeng City in October 2001, Li Xuebo has been working hard to alleviate the poverty problem faced by the people and trying by various means to improve the quality of the infertile land.

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Bryant G. Garth – USA

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Linked with Report LSSSE 2007.

He is Dean and Professor of Law at the Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, USA (B.A., magna cum laude, with highest honors in American Studies, 1972, Yale University; J.D., 1975, Stanford University; Ph.D., European Doctorate in Law, 1979, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Member, California and Indiana State Bars). (full text).

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Bryant G. Garth – USA

Southwestern Law School (formerly known as Southwestern University School of Law) is a private ABA-accredited law school located in Los Angeles, California, with about 1,000 students on a campus that includes the Bullocks Wilshire building, an admired art deco landmark. Founded on November 25, 1911 by John J. Schumacher, the school offers four J.D. programs of study as well as one LL.M. program. The school should not be confused with Southwestern University, a liberal arts institution in Georgetown, Texas. (full text).

Beginning his tenure as Dean at Southwestern in Fall 2005, Bryant G. Garth brings the perspective of an internationally recognized scholar, law professor and former dean. “It is an exciting time,” he says, “to be in the midst of helping law students prepare for and build fulfilling, successful careers that best serve the public interest.”

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Béatrice Félicité Bobo – Central African Republic

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

She says: “”My motto is: If My people will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.

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Béatrice Félicité Bobo – Central African Republic

She works for the Mission d’Evangélisation pour la Repetance MER, and for Ouvre Socio – Humanitaire en Faveur des Enfants de la Rue OSHFER (both have no reference in the internet).

Street children benefit from Béatrice Bobo’s care, stop taking drugs and are freed from sex slavery, before returning to their homes. Since 1997, this 39-year-old single mother has been raising three children, a niece and sheltering street children in her house, where she founded an evangelical mission. She does all her work at an individual level through counseling and intercession, door-to-door visits, audiovisual media and public speaking. She also reaches out and evangelizes to the political authorities in the Central Africa Republic.

Beatrice Felicite Bobo was a successful Central African businesswoman and journalist. She had an impressive professional career before becoming a courageous missionary, although in the 1980s, she declined a German scholarship in order to take care of her brothers, because her only surviving parent, her father, had died. Hence, she did not acquire a university education. She trained on-the-job as a journalist with a national newspaper in 1987. She went through the ranks, becoming the business director in charge of public relations, subscription and advertising, and one of the few businesswomen of the Central Africa Republic in the 1990s. In 1994 she became a formal business owner, with a building and employees, engaged in importing and exporting fabrics for her interior decorating business.

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Hans A. Pestalozzi – Switzerland (1929 – 14.7.2004)

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Linked with KELLER AG für Druckmesstechnik, Switzerland.

He wrote / er schrieb (1989): ”Es ist alles schlimmer geworden. War unser ganzer Einsatz umsonst? Alle, die sich in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten in irgendeiner Weise für mehr Menschlichkeit und Gerechtigkeit, für die kommenden Generationen, die Schwachen in unserer Gesellschaft eingesetzt haben, müssen sich offen und ehrlich eingestehen: es ist alles schlimmer geworden. Es gibt nicht den geringsten Ansatz, nicht die geringsten Anhaltspunkte, die uns sagen ließen, hier besteht Hoffnung.

  • Was ist denn los?
  • Haben wir uns verrannt; haben die anderen recht?
  • Haben wir die falschen Fragen gestellt?
  • Haben wir Probleme gesehen, wo keine waren?
  • Haben wir selber die Probleme falsch angepackt?
  • Wurden wir das Opfer unserer eigenen Illusionen?

Dann kam der 11. September 2001.

Es braucht eine Betroffenheit. Ohne Betroffenheit gibt es kein Engagement. Vielleicht machst du zwar einmal irgendwo mit, aber ohne Betroffenheit bleibt es bei einer belanglosen Mitwirkung. Betroffenheit fragt nach den Ursachen. Nur Betroffenheit führt zu einem anderen Bewußtsein. Und nur das andere Bewußtsein führt zu einem anderen Verhalten” … (full text).

Read: Strategies of Social Change, by Hans A. Pestalozzi.

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Hans A. Pestalozzi – Switzerland (1929 – 2004)

He was a Swiss social critic who, in the prime of life, broke free from the Establishment and started a new life explaining and criticizing late 20th century capitalism, which eventually led to his becoming a bestselling author (Nach uns die Zukunft, Auf die Bäume ihr Affen). Pestalozzi was born in Zürich. After his university education, which he received in St. Gallen, he started working for Migros and soon began to climb the career ladder. In the 1960s he also built up the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, a think tank named after the Migros founder (who had died in 1962).

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Elizabeth Ann Gray – Hong Kong SAR

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Linked with Action for Reach out.

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

She says: “These women live at the margin of society. In trying to accompany them, I too have experienced being pushed onto the margins and felt a strong sense of the need for solidarity among women” … and: “Ever since arriving in Hong Kong, I have wanted to work with this group of women. I see they are the outcasts of a society in which it is acceptable for a man to go to a prostitute but not for a woman to be a prostitute. They are looked on as the lowest of the low. After listening to some of their stories, I am often filled with admiration for them. Many are married with children, often divorced or separated, struggling to support not only their own children but children of relatives as well as elderly parents”.

She says also: “These women live at the margin of society. In trying to accompany them in their struggle, I too have experienced being pushed onto the margins of society as I come face to face with the refusal of officials at various levels to address their problems. To my surprise and deep gratitude, this has developed in me a strong sense of the need for solidarity among women”.

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Elizabeth Ann Gray – Hong Kong SAR

She works for Action for Reach out.

Elizabeth Ann Gray (53) is a Columban Sister from Scotland. She is one of the founding members of Action for Reach out, the first NGO that provides support and services to sex workers in Hong Kong. As a foreigner, Ann not only has to overcome the language barrier, but also other social and cultural boundaries in working frontline with these women, who are being looked upon as outcasts and considered immoral.

Over the past 13 years, Ann has serviced and empowered this stigmatized and marginalized group, fostering their self-esteem, and promoting and protecting their basic human rights.

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Marie Béatrice Kenfack Tolevi – Cameroon

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

She says: “Il faut toujours avoir du coeur pour les autres / one must always have a heart for others”.

… Ces femmes concourent ensemble. Si ce prix leur est accordé, il leur serait attribué solidairement. Parmi ces 1000 femmes, on retrouve 137 Africaines issues de 34 pays. Sur cette liste on retrouve trois Camerounaises. Ce sont, Marie-Béatrice Kenfack Tolevi, Téclaire Ntomp et Hedwig Vinyou … (full text).

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Sorry, I can not find any photo of Marie Béatrice Kenfack Tolevi, Cameroon (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Organisation for Health, Food Security and Development OFSAD.
(Named as; ‘INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY – FOOD FIRST, Anuradha MITTAL, Policy Director, Oakland, California, U.S.A.’, page 13/30, not dated; on: OBSERVERS FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS / OBSERVATEURS DES ORGANISATIONS NON GOUVERNEMENTALES / OBSERVADORES DE LAS ORGANIZACIONES NO-GUBERNAMENTALES’, on a page of FAO.org.
And also named on: World Food Summit, 13-17 November 1996, Rome, Italy, also on a page of FAO.org).

Marie Béatrice Kenfack Tolevi, a Cameroonian, founded a NGO in 1992 that focuses on reproductive health, food and nutrition, human rights and equity. The Center listens and counsels the youth and teenagers.

It also has a clinic for adults to seek reproductive health advice.

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Jeannine Nahigombeye – Burundi

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Linked with Radio Isanganiro .

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

Her mother said: “You are half Hutu and half Tutsi. If you identify yourselves as Hutus, then you must hate me, and if you identify yourself as Tutsi, then it is as if you killed your father a second time”.

Jeannine Nahigombeye, Director, Radio Isanganiro: Jeannine Nahigombeye has worked since 1997, when she joined Studio Ijambo in Bujumbura, Burundi. Studio Ijambo, a project of Search for Common Ground (headquartered in Washington, DC), produces radio programming designed to promote interethnic harmony and cooperative problem solving. She also worked as a stringer for the Voice of America and Canal Afrique (South Africa). During Ms. Nahigombeye’s four and half years at, Studio Ijambo, she initiated several programs, including programs on AIDS and vox-pop (popular voice), and co-produced programs on justice, truth and reconciliation, political and social programs, and human rights. In November of 2002, Ms. Nahigombeye was elected by her peers as director of Radio Isanganiro a new independent radio station created by the journalists of Studio Ijambo. (full text, scroll down).

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Jeannine Nahigombeye – Burundi

She works for Radio Isanganiro.

Nahigombeye, the daughter of an accountant at the Central Bank of Burundi and a schoolteacher, grew up in a family of eight children. On still afternoons, she and her older sisters often listened to the radio, fascinated by a thriller series titled “Anthology of Mysteries.” She taped the program and replayed it time and again, play-acting along with the characters.At 20, she began studying French literature at the University of Burundi and frequently appeared in drama productions. She graduated in 1996. In explaining why she chose journalism as a career, she said: “The fact of talking to people who are listening, registering what you say and do, was an interesting connection. In Africa, you cannot live from theater, but it was a way of communicating.”

In the Great Lakes region of Africa, which includes Burundi, 85 percent of the people rely on radio for news and entertainment. In 1995, Search for Common Ground, a conflict resolution organization based in Washington, established Studio Ijambo, which means “wise words” in the Kirundi language. When the group advertised for female contributors to the independent radio studio, Nahigombeye joined. (full text).

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Grace Aboh Dotou – Benin

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Linked with F-information – Genève. (Grace Aboh Dotou’s portrait en français), et avec ‘Qui dit mieux?‘.

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

She says: “Our greatest assets are people and our natural resources, which need to be valued more if they are to become competitive”.

The experienced fingers of 20 women crochet strands of plastic into one-of-a-kind gifts in a shop in Porto-Novo, Benin’s capital: These women, led by Grace Dotou-Aboh, began their business, Qui Dit Mieux?, in 1996. They collect plastic bags littering Benin’s streets, clean them and transform them into beautiful purses, bags and dolls. The group has received international recognition for raising environmental awareness and for teaching women skills – and independence. (full text).

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Grace Aboh Dotou – Benin

She works for the Association for the Development of the Women of Sédji (not mentionned in the internet).

Madame Dotou Grace Aboh (62) has a lot of expertise in the socio-cultural reintegration of inmates of detention centers which has brought her international fame. This led to her being asked, at an international level, to form and organize women in the African sub-regions of the west, specifically Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger and Guinea Bissau. Her expertise is also sought by Congo, Chad and Cameroon. All these countries have benefited from her know-how in the areas of the promotion of women, the improvement of the environment, the improvement of the living conditions for women and children and, finally, the improvement of the financial capacities of women from portable activities.

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Sandhya Roy – Bangladesh

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

She says: “I started my career with a dream-that I will work for the people and bring about a change in society. I still believe that change is possible. I work hard for that change” … and: “It was a new country. It was very important to build the nation. We wanted to do something important for the country,” … and: “A group of women will be trained in fixing electric wires, making doors and windows, operating water pumps, and building sanitary latrines. This group will go door-to-door, helping the people. The local people should not wait for the government or NGOs to come and help them”.

She says also: “Every man should think that every woman in society is the equal of his daughter, sister, or mother. If he wants to save his daughter, sister, or mother from injustice or oppression, he has to do the same for other women. Awareness changes a person’s attitude”.

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Sorry, I can not get any photo of Sandhya Roy, Bangladesh (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

Sandhya Roy was only 17 when she left home to help soldiers wounded in the 1971 Bangladesh war. The end of the war found Sandhya far too immersed in her work to return home. Instead, she joined Gonoshasthya Kendra (which means people’s health center-GK), an NGO working to establish a people-centered health system.

For more than 30 years now, she has been challenging gender stereotypes, fighting fundamentalists who wish to keep her down, and working toward her dream of a holistic health system.

Sandhya Roy was born in 1954 into a zamindar (landlord) family in Dhamrai, Dhaka. In 1947, when the subcontinent was partitioned, some of her family members relocated to India. But not Sandhya’s father. But, through the Enemy Property Act, much of the family’s property was appropriated by politically-powerful Muslims.

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Chantal Marie Rachelle Ouédraogo – Burkina Faso

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Linked with Association Femmes 2000, Burkina Faso.

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

She says: “If we talk of economic growth in Burkina Faso, it is largely down to the fact that women have been put in charge at all levels of the development sector”.

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Sorry, I can not get any photo of Chantal Marie Rachelle Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for the Association Femmes 2000 AF 2000.

Chantal Marie Rachelle Ouédraogo (35) is married and the mother of two girls. She is head of the Association Femmes 2000 (Women’s Association 2000) fighting HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and taking care of persons living with HIV. She was decorated by the Burkina Faso government for service to the nation on 11 December 2003. She was given the Knight of the Order for Merit medal.

Chantal studied up to the level of the BEPC before settling into professional life with the intention of being of service to those around her. This mother is well-known for her courage and willingness to help rural women of her country to get involved in development activities, to promote their rights. She is founder-president of an association of women. She serves as Commercial Agent in a service specializing in the mobilization of public savings to meet the social and economical needs of its members.

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Hazel Magdalene King – Barbados

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Linked with The African Methodist Episcopal AME Church.

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

She says: “Women spreading bridges of peace, solidarity and fraternity contributes to reaching the supreme values of justice” … and: “I called other women so that they could learn the skills of cake icing and handicraft that I used to make a living”.

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Sorry, I can not get any photo of Hazel Magdalene King, Barbados (see also my comment ‘Brave women without photos‘).

She works for Hazel’s School of Arts and Crafts (no website, not named on other websites). She works also for the African Methodist Episcopal AME Church.

She raised her two children alone and took care of her mother while enduring her husband’s abuses. When she was laid off from a restaurant in Bridgetown, Barbados, she understood that her hands could work miracles. Hazel Magdalene King lifted up a flag: self-employment for self-sufficiency. She invited other women, taught them how to make cake icing and handicraft. She underwent radical breast cancer surgery, but she did not stop. She has never stopped. Hazel inspires other women in the Service for the Support for Cancer.

The life of Hazel Magdalene King can be summarized in a word: challenge. Her work in the community was accelerated in 1988 after her mother, who she took care of, died at age 87. When she said ‘enough’ to her husband’s abuse, she intended to recover her life and to maintain her two children by herself. They had already laid her off from a restaurant in Bridgetown.

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Miloon Kothari – India

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Linked with International NGO Committee on Human Rights in Trade and Investment INCHRITI.

Mr. Kothari is a leading voice at national, regional and international forums on human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights. Mr. Kothari was appointed in September 2000 by the UN Commission on Human Rights as the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. His mandate involves reporting annually to the Commission on the status throughout the world of the realisation of the rights that are related to the right to adequate housing, and identifying practical solutions and good practices towards this end. In addition, the Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to promote cooperation among and assistance to Governments in their efforts to secure these rights: apply a gender perspective in the work, and develop regular dialogue and collaboration with Governments, relevant UN bodies, specialised agencies, civil society and international financial institutions. An architect by training, Mr. Kothari, who resides in New Delhi, India, has extensive experience in the area of housing and land rights. He is the convener of the Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network and is a founding member of the International NGO Committee on Human Rights in Trade and Investment INCHRITI. (full text).

Read: Call for plan to solve housing ‘crisis’ (in Australia), June 11, 2007.

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Miloon Kothari – India

He says: “The creation of slums in Nairobi and other urban centres is a sign of lack of planning. It is shocking to see the scale of poverty across the country. When you look at the gross inequalities which have led to an apartheid situation in which a few people occupy the large portions of land and large populations live in small areas: a lot of it has come through political corruption. It is obviously a creation of two Kenyas, one with a lot of land and wealth, the other more dispossessed. The common thread should be how do you meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, and human rights should be the basic theme. If they want to discourage slums, they must take clear action against the shack-owner phenomenon and land mafia, which are connected with local authorities”. (full text of the interview).

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John D. Skrentny – USA

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He is Professor of Sociology, University of California-San Diego. With a primary discipline in sociology, John Skretny is also known by political scientists, legal scholars and historians. His research most generally is on law, public policy and inequality. He has recently begun research on immigration law and policy in East Asia and Europe. Skretny is able to comment on any of these topics, or, more generally, on race/ethnicity politics/law, gender politics/law, and immigration politics/law. (full text).

He says: ”But the end of the affirmative action debate suggests that Americans — including both political parties — are no longer interested in racial inequality, in particular the problems of black America. The two policies long identified in the public mind as “black” policies — affirmative action and welfare — have both been severely retrenched in the last several years. As political scientist Paul Frymer has argued, Democrats take for granted the support of black voters. They worry more about alienating white voters by being too closely identified with black interests. Consequently, Democrats have not pushed for a major policy initiative for blacks or other minorities in decades and they do not put up great resistance to retrenchment efforts”. (full text).

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John D. Skrentny – USA

John Skrentny received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Indiana University. His research focuses on public policy, law and inequality. He has written two books and edited another on the historical development of laws and policies to protect the rights and opportunities of minorities. These studies have included a wide variety of groups, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and white ethnics, as well as immigrants, the disabled, gays/lesbians and women of all races and ethnicities. This research has sought to bring a cultural approach to the fields of historical institutionalism and American political development. Starting with the premise that no policy is developed without the decisions of policy makers, Skrentny has focused his research on the worldviews and actions of policy-making elites, situating them in their historical, local and global contexts. (full text).

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Lidy Nacpil – Philippines

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Linked with Jubilee South JS, and with Total and Unconditional DebtCancellation.

She is the International Coordinator of Jubilee South, a network of anti-debt coalitions in more than 60 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She also currently serves as vice president of Freedom from Debt Coalition in the Phillippines, the oldest organization working for debt cancellation since 1988. (greenfestivals.org).

Lidy is also Vice-President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition in the Philippines and was previously its Secretary-General. Prior to that, Lidy was a student activist during the time of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. A passionate political activist and feminist, she has campaigned on issues of debt, democratisation and citizenship for more than 20 years. (full text)

She says: “It is a lie that IFIs are giving loans to ‘poor’ countries because they need capital. It is a lie that the goal of these organizations is poverty reduction and development. It is business lending, pure and simple. And the biggest lie is lie of the ‘poor’ countries’ call them poor, developing, backward, whatever. We call them the Global South, not in geographical terms but as a term of reference. The fact is that as of today, more funds are flowing from the Global South to the North than vice versa. The powerful countries are financing us with our own money. The so called poor countries are not poor at all, they are supplying huge amounts of riches to the rich and powerful countries, while unable to retain any for themselves. If this plunder of the South stops, the so called poor countries would not have any need for loans”. June 9, 2006. (full text).

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Lidy Nacpil – Philippines

As the G8 Closes … , June 8, 2007.

She says also: “The G-8 governments claim to support calls for responsible behavior by lenders like vulture funds,” Lidy Nacpil, of Jubilee South, said in a statement. “But the G-8 must recognize that the issue of irresponsible lending and illegitimate debt begins first and foremost with themselves”. (full text).

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Roma Pauline Guy – USA

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Linked with The California Women’s Agenda CAWA.

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

It is said about her: “Roma Guy lives her life in a profound and peaceful way. Her strategic vision, strength, and wisdom help to build a world that fully embraces everyone.” Diane Sabin”.

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Roma Pauline Guy – USA

She works for the San Francisco State University, for the Women’s and Girls Network, and for the California Women’s Agenda CAWA.

Roma Pauline Guy, a social justice activist and policy leader in public health, women’s rights, poverty, and homelessness, has worked all her adult life to improve conditions for women. She helped found the San Francisco Women’s Building, and developed community-based institutions including a battered women’s shelter and a family resource center.

She helped also to create the La Casa de las Madres (a battered women’s shelter), The Women’s Foundation (Northern California), and the Stay-in-School Family Resource Center (San Francisco State University).

Coauthor of “Historical Perspectives on Homelessness, The Police and the Homeless”, she has helped to redefine housing as a public health issue and has developed an innovative curriculum at San Francisco State University.

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Negoita Cornelia – Romania

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Linked with Fundatia ProHomini.

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

She says: “Peace is not merely a word. It is a time for kids to grow up in harmony with society; the joy young mothers feel when they see their children growing up in peace”.

She says also: “Peace is sleeping without worry and looking forward to the joys of a new day. It is the rainbow that guards the Earth, without damage from bullets, fire or death. Peace is the desire for people to live in harmony with their compatriots and with nature. But, it seems to me that the more we wish for peace, the more it eludes us. We live in an uncertain world. Because we are confronted with an uncertain existence, people want to live in the moment. People want to live like kids at any cost. We want to ‘have our cake’, and eat it, too”.

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Negoita Cornelia – Romania

She works for Pro Homini.

Negoita Cornelia works in Braila, a town located in southeast Romania. She has dedicated her life to children in orphanages and psychiatric hospitals. In 1997, she founded Pro Homini, a

charitable foundation helping orphans, large families, and senior citizens. Why did she choose this challenging path, rather than developing a profitable business after 1989 and the fall of the Ceausescu regime and the transition to a market economy.

The answer is that, for her, people are more important than money. She derives enormous satisfaction knowing her contributions have changed people’s lives.

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Erni Friholt – Sweden

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Linked with an EU Constitution for the 21st century.

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

She says: “We need development that is driven forward with consideration for the various traditions and cultures and for human beings and nature” … and: “We want to remember former times with the store in Stocken and continue the traditions, so that life blossoms even when there are storms in autumn and winter. And we want to promote solidarity and support people all over the world”.

And she says (together with her husband): “We want an EU Constitution
for the 21st century, not for the 20th!”. (full text).

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Erni and Ola Friholt – Sweden

She works for Svenska Kvinnors Vänsterförbund SKV, (the Federation of Leftist Swedish Women), also descrived on the swedish wikipedia; for Women’s International Democratic Federation; and for the Swedish Women’s Council for Development.

Swedish articles:

For 37 years, Erni Friholt has been an activist in peace building and peace education, women’s rights and solidarity, both locally and internationally in the Balkans, Bangladesh, India, and Ethiopia. She has been a journalist, speaker, volunteer and project manager, a demonstrator and organizer of an alternative solidarity fair trade café. For many years, she was editor-in-chief of the women’s magazine “Vi Mänskor” of the Federation of Leftist Swedish Women and chair of the organization. She has participated in many international women’s conferences, peace marches, and peace organizations.

Somewhere in every land there is an idyllic spot, a place of stillness, peace, and joy where war and violence are momentarily forgotten, suffering and pain overcome, and new energy created. And so it is in Sweden. On the footbridge of the Brygg Café in Stocken on the island of Orust north of Gothenberg, midsummer’s night has been joyously celebrated for more than twenty years with poetry, song, and dance, accompanied by feasting on herring and wine.

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Ravi Kanbur – Ghana & England

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Linked with Founding statement of CorA, with NEPAD New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and with Global Policy Forum GPF.

He is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Professor of Economics at the Cornell University.

He has previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Princeton and Warwick. He has also served on the staff of the World Bank, including as Chief Economist for Africa. (University of Toronto).

Ravi Kanbur, the T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University is on leave of absence from his post for the academic year 1999-2000 to lead this report (WDR 2000). A UK citizen, Kanbur was on the staff of the World Bank from 1989 to 1997, serving successively as Adviser, Senior Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist for Africa, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist. (Africa Action, scroll down).

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), An Initial Commentary, by Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, 2001.

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Ravi Kanbur – Ghana & England

Kanbur stated: “since you asked for my views, I wanted to let you know my own personal philosophy and perspective as we go into the processes leading up to the Poverty WDR. First and foremost, I want to stress that I would stand behind any Report that I put my name to, and would not submit to any substantive editing I did not agree with”, (In a letter to the Bretton Woods Project of 17 July 1998, Africa Action, scroll down).

Professor Kanbur’s main areas of interest are public economics and development economics. His work spans conceptual, empirical, and policy analysis. He is particularly interested in bridging the worlds of rigorous analysis and practical policy making. (Center for the Study of Economy and Society).

His epopee with the World Bank: Censorship at the World Bank, the Case of Ravi Kanbur (who resigned from the World Bank in 2000): Ravi Kanbur, a distinguished development economist and T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University, was appointed by the Bank in Spring 1998 to lead a team in writing a World Development Report (WDR) on poverty.

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Asha Lata Baidya, or Ashalata Boidda – Bangladesh

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Linked with the Sunflower Association SMS.

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

She says: “I do not waste time, ever. I did not waste even an hour in my whole student life for any boyfriend. I did not even get married. I believe in hard work and sacrifice”.

And she says: “Hello. I am Asha Lata. I am thrilled that you are reading this. While we are quietly working in the poor villages, we are hidden away from the people in the big cities of Bangladesh and the world. Sometimes as we battle to overcome oppression and poverty we feel that nobody cares. Your visit to our website gives us all encouragement. We realise that we are not alone in our desire to live in a better world with equality for all … ” (full text).

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Asha Lata Baidya, or Ashalata Boidda – Bangladesh

She works for ‘Surjamukhi Sangstha SMS’, short for ‘Sunflower Association SMS‘.

Asha Lata Baidya, or Ashalata Boidda, is one of Bangladesh’s best-known freedom-fighters. She joined the freedom struggle of 1971 against Pakistan when she was only 15 years old and went on to lead the women’s guerrilla corps. After she completed her studies – suspended until her country won independence – she set up the Surjamukhi Sangstha SMS. SMS has been working on issues ranging from setting up cooperatives and helping with loans to women’s empowerment, education, and environmental issues. More than 200,000 families have benefited from Asha Lata’s 34 years of tireless activism.

She is the eldest of three sisters, was born in Latenga village, Kotalipara thana in Bangladesh on February 12, 1956. Her father, Haripada Boidda, was a schoolteacher, her mother, Sharalamoyee, a homemaker.

It was in school that Ashalata became involved in the political struggle in the then East Pakistan. The Pakistani genocide against Bangladesh was launched on March 25, 1971. A month later, a group of freedom-fighters visited the Boidda house and asked whether one member from the family would join the freedom struggle. “My father told them that he had no son”, she recalls. “His daughter, meaning me, would join them. I was very excited and left home with the group to take part in the liberation war”. Thus, all of 15-years-old, Ashalata joined Bangladesh’s fight for independence.

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Karla Schefter – Germany

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Linked with Afghan Links, and with Pictures from Afghanistan.

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

She says: “”Over every mountain there is a path”.

See: the Newsletter of the World Federation of Public Health Associations WFPHA, report winter 2007.

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Karla Schefter – Germany

She works for Chak-e-Wardak-Hospital, the Committee for the Promotion of Medical and Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan.

“Over every mountain there is a path”. Is there a better way to describe Karla Schefter’s humanitarian work in Afghanistan than to quote this Afghan proverb. She faced countless mountains, and still managed to find a path over every one. With her unusual courage, enormous stamina, and seemingly inexhaustible perseverance as well as great personal sacrifice, she created her lifework, the Chak-e-Wardak-Hospital in Afghanistan. For the past 15 years, she has managed this hospital, which has provided thousands of people, especially women and children, with desperately needed medical care.

The story begins when Karla Schefter worked in Afghanistan as a surgical nurse in a team from Germany some 20 years ago. The misery she saw left her no peace. After returning to Germany, she devised a plan to open a hospital in the country’s rural area. With untiring persistence, she collected donations for the project, personally took the money to Afghanistan and began to build a medical unit in the western Wardak province.

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Alex Callinicos – England

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Alex Callinicos (born 1950 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)) is a Marxist intellectual and a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers’ Party. He received his BA and DPhil from the University of Oxford, and was Professor of Politics at the University of York before being appointed Professor of European Studies at King’s College London in 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of International Socialism and British correspondent of Actuel Marx. A prolific writer for both the revolutionary and the academic presses, he is a descendant of the famous historian Lord Acton. During the Second World War his father was active in the Greek Resistance to Nazi occupation, his mother was a member of the British aristocracy [1]. In 1977 he married Joanna Seddon, an Oxford doctoral student of similar aristocratic background. (full text).

Read: German strikers look to target G8 summit, May 15, 2007.

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Alex Callinicos – England

He says: “Of course, there is much more to be said about Venezuela and Bolivia, and we have tried to say some of it, notably in our publications. Anyone who consults on the web the back-issues of Socialist Worker, Socialist Review, and International Socialism could not but be struck by the extent of our coverage of the major developments in these two countries over the past few years. Moreover, among the main memories that participants in Marxism 2006 would have taken away was the impact of the Latin American speakers, notably Roland Dennis from Venezuela and Oscar Oliveira from Bolivia. We hope to continue this at Marxism 2007 in London in July with the participation of the Venezuelan Trotskyist trade union leader, Stalin Perez, who has spoken at the Greek SWP’s own Marxism event in 2006 and 2007.”. (full long text, May 24, 2007).

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Jeanne Devos – Belgium

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Linked with GlobalGiving, with Miseror, and with Anti-Slavery International.

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

She says: “I have always been interested in human rights and the dignity of every person. I felt that my actions should empower the most vulnerable and discriminated. For this reason I opted for domestic workers, be it women or children, because they have no voice, no rights. This corresponds to my understanding of slavery. What got me working was the inhuman situation of those women and children. It touched and hurt me as a woman. The urgency started after meeting the 13-year-old girl Sangeeta who was raped, pregnant and had aborted, without understanding what had happened to her” … and: “For children the time is now”.

She says also: “I have not grown tired of fighting for a full life for every domestic worker. It is my vision of a peaceful future to get domestic workers out of slavery into human dignity and justice”.

Download: A handbook on good practice in programme interventions, from Anti-Slavery International 2005.

See her website in netherlandse.

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Jeanne Devos – Belgium

Read: “Ik ben kritischer dan Moeder Theresa“.

She works for the Welfare Trust for Women and Child Domestic Workers, (named on antislavery.org, and on GlobalGiving), for the National Domestic Worker’s Movement NDWM, and for Misereor.

Jeanne Devos on the netherlandse wikipedia.

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Lazzat Ishmukhamedova – Kazakhstan

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Linked with Central Asia, Kazakhstan., and also with Rozlana Taukina – Kazakhstan.

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

She says: “You cannot go ahead while sitting on your chair” … and “I am grateful to destiny that I am a mother. My unfortunate personal life and the loss of a first child depressed me. Doctors warned me of the risks if I tried to have another child. However, the thirst for the happiness of motherhood filled me so much that I took the risk. It was a difficult delivery but now I cannot imagine life without my son. Children are flowers whose aroma and beauty we enjoy and make us forget all the difficulties of the world. We try to teach and educate them but sometimes we are the ones who learn from them”.

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Lazzat Ishmukhamedova – Kazakhstan

She works for the Ishenim Regional Partnership Network (named on DCCA) and for the Moldir Women’s Association MWA.

She says also: “It could be due to my active temperament that I have achieved what I have now. I am filled with joy, satisfaction and pride by what the association has achieved, a support center for children from poor families, the Moldir Micro-Credit Organization and the establishment of other self-help federations with the assistance of MWA. Presently MWA is helping to develop more NGOs to share its 11-year experience in poverty reduction in rural areas. I think the success of any enterprise depends on the ability to think positively in any situation, to set a goal and strive to achieve it regardless of all obstacles. Only then one can achieve the peak which seemed unattainable. It is not for nothing that a Kazakh proverb says, ‘Eyes are afraid but hands work”.

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