Veneranda Nyirahirwa – Rwanda’s Women Lead

20th Anniversary of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Lead Rwanda’s Member of Parliament Veneranda Nyirahirwa says women in Rwanda have fought for political representation. In the Lower House of Parliament women occupy 64 percent or 51 out of 80 seats. Credit: Fabíola Ortiz/IPS KIGALI, Apr 2014 (IPS) - When Rwandan Member of Parliament Veneranda Nyirahirwa was just a girl, she wasn’t allowed to attend secondary school because of her ethnicity. It was only in the wake of the country’s … [Read more...]

Heeding lessons of Rwanda, 20 years later – Ban

Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. “The blood spilled for 100 days. Twenty years later, the tears still flow,” said Ban Ki-Moon, in an address … [Read more...]

Remembering All Moms on Mother’s Day

If your family chose to partake in an open adoption relationship with your child's birth mother, you are definitely not alone. According to the Independent Adoption Center, the majority of the 4,000 families that used its services chose open adoptions. Unfortunately, as you may have learned, there are no rules when it comes to open adoptions. Or as OpenAdoption.com states, "The most important thing to remember is that there is no typical open adoption relationship." To Celebrate or … [Read more...]

Stop Child Trafficking In The U.S.

Human traffickers prey on abused or neglected young people. State child welfare systems are doing what they can to help, but far too often many of these victims are falling through the cracks. Change is needed. That's why the bipartisan Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act has been put in motion by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. If approved, these laws would make it easier to aid trafficking victims and help put an end to the horrific practice … [Read more...]

Ashley Judd – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse woman leader, rising above personal issues, including depression, insomnia, and codependency. She has now taken on the challenge to lead the way in bettering the lives of others, with a focus on children. This activist, artist, with her focus on CHILDREN affected by HIV and HUMAN TRAFFICKING.       WOMAN of ACTION™     Ashley Judd     Ashley was born as … [Read more...]

Advice For Young Entrepreneurs

For a sizeable minority of young people, the well-trodden path from school to university and into a career, working up the ladder slowly but surely, simply isn’t an option. Although it suits some people, working for someone else just doesn’t cut it for those who have a desire to set up their own business. It might be that you have a special skill, talent or passion that you want to make into a career, or that you simply hate the idea of making money for someone else and feel you could run a … [Read more...]

The Trailing Spouse, Gender Roles Abroad

Quite a few women don’t relocate for their own career, but follow a husband or partner on an assignment. As a "trailing spouse", you take care of the family while putting your own plans on the backburner – not always an easy or rewarding job. Find out what it entails and how to keep your cool as an expat wife. Recent surveys regarding relocation trends show that the number of employees without family ties is increasingly preferred for expat assignments. This is also due to the fact that … [Read more...]

Critical Skills for Powerful Change Agents‏

Dear Friends, In every age, there are those who are inspired to imagine and initiate improvements to their world that change the course of history. They are not just the popular heroes and heroines who we are taught about in school, but they are the quiet ones who had the calling, the courage and vision to offer their ideas and efforts in meaningful ways. Perhaps you are one of these people. The swiftly changing social and environmental situations are hoping that if you are, you will … [Read more...]

A VOICE for a 12 Year Old MURDER VICTIM, Jo Dibblee

A VOICE FOR A 12 YEAR OLD MURDER VICTIM AND VINDICATION FOR ALL SURVIVORS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT   Toronto, ON. – After thirty-five years in hiding, Jo-Ann Vacing-Dibblee is coming forward to tell her story in the riveting book, “Frock Off: Living Undisguised”. Sexually assaulted and stalked by a foster parent, Vacing-Dibblee was contacted by the RCMP investigating the murder of a young girl they felt was connected to her case. When they were unable to bring the man to justice, … [Read more...]

AFFECTION Builds Resilience

Psychological resilience is an individual's tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual "bouncing back" to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as 'post-traumatic growth' or 'steeling effects' where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to … [Read more...]

First Lady Michelle Obama: Meet Troy

"Hello, all -- Today, I met a young man named Troy. Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn't read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class. But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He connected with his fifth-grade … [Read more...]

What to Know as You Welcome Home Your Adopted Child

In 2012, slightly more than 52,000 children were adopted out foster care in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Just under 9,000 children were adopted from foreign countries that same year. Over a third of children adopted internationally were between the ages of 1 and 2, while the average age for children in foster care was just over 9 years old. Whether you are adopting a child from the U.S., abroad or out of foster care, use the following as a guide for … [Read more...]

Afghan Authorities Probe Child Marriage

Authorities in the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan have launched a probe against a father, who has acknowledged forcing his seven-year-old daughter to marry a man five times her age. Ramadan, who like many Afghans goes by one name, blamed his action on poverty that has plagued his family. "We didn't have a place to live, we were hungry, we had debts," he said. "I regretted doing this the day I did it. I regret it now." He acknowledged marrying off his underage daughter in return of … [Read more...]

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