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Canadian NGO Launches Campaign to Fund Girls’ Clubs in Swaziland

Canadian NGO Launches Campaign to Fund Girls’ Clubs in Swaziland

Last year, I traveled to Swaziland, a country roughly the size of New Jersey surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. Swaziland has about 1 million people, and has the unfortunate distinction of having the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS, 25.9%, and therefore a life expectancy of 48 years of age. ...

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Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

Being Thankful & Fighting Human Trafficking

Efforts to combat trafficking are diverse and growing. Businesses, NGOs, academics, politicians, governments and individuals all have a role to play. So, instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend watching the Macy’s Parade, eating turkey and shopping (my usual Thanksgiving activities), I was in Amsterdam and London for ...

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Rockin the Casbah

Rockin the Casbah

I loved Robin Wright’s new book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion in the Islamic World. (And thanks to The Clash for inspiring the title!) The book couldn’t be more timely given current events. It is a smart, provocative and compelling read, and I recommend ...

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Nobel Prize Goes to Three Women Fighters for Peace

Nobel Prize Goes to Three Women Fighters for Peace

I woke up this morning to the amazing news that three women shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee; and Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni opposition leader. These three women have all been trailblazers for non-violent social activism ...

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From Beijing to San Francisco: Hillary Clinton on Women’s Rights

From Beijing to San Francisco:  Hillary Clinton on Women’s Rights

In 1995, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton riveted the world at that year’s Beijing World Conference on Women. She made a compelling case for all of us – particularly governments – to address the issues important to women and girls, and made the tag line ...

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Leading Opposition Candidate in Cameroon Makes Her Run for President Official

Leading Opposition Candidate in Cameroon Makes Her Run for President Official

Kah Walla, the only woman in the race against long term incumbent Paul Biya filed the papers making her candidacy official last week. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/3rxf5xy

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The Whistleblower: A Compelling (and Tough) Story

The Whistleblower: A Compelling (and Tough) Story

The Whistleblower opens this Friday in selected cities and then to a broader audience on August 12. Here’s my review of the movie, which is worth watching: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/whistleblower-film_b_914881.html

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Are DC Think Tanks a “City of Men?”

Are DC Think Tanks a “City of Men?”

Well, some think so. The question has generated quite a bit of controversy; here’s my blog post on the topic: http://stepheniefoster.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=319&Itemid=54

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Trafficking in Persons Report Enters Second Decade

Trafficking in Persons Report Enters Second Decade

After a decade of reporting, this year’s focus shifts to how to move forward. In the words of Ambassador-At-Large Lou CdeBaca, “This year’s TIP Report focuses on how governments can move toward a more targeted, purposeful approach that fully addresses the minimum standards to fight trafficking in ...

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Freedom House Report on Women’s Rights in MENA Region

Freedom House Report on Women’s Rights in MENA Region

Freedom House’s 2010 edition of Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa is out and a great resource. It analyzes the status of women in the region country by country. As Queen Noor has said, “It is vital that MENA countries more urgently recognize that the ...

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Farishta:

Farishta:

Farishta, Patricia McArdle's first novel, is a compelling and readable book about the challenges faced by soldiers and civilians stationed in Afghanistan -- the constant fear of attack; the unforgiving landscape; the hostile and often corrupt warlords; the uncertain loyalties of Afghan colleagues; the efficacy of their mission; and the constant isolation. See the rest of the review at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/farishta-a-compelling-nov_b_870080.html?ref=tw

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Armenia – Women Come Together to Build Policy Platform

Last week I was in Armenia with the National Democratic Institute, helping women there build a policy platform they can use in both advocacy and election campaigns.  Here is a link to a piece I wrote on this great conference: http://stepheniefoster.com/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&sectionid=-1&task=edit&cid[]=261

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Woman Opposition Candidate Detained in Cameroon

Woman Opposition Candidate Detained in Cameroon

Paul Biya has been the President of Cameroon since 1982.  He is being challenged this fall by Kah Walla, a dynamic woman who previously served as a city council member in Douala, Cameroon.  Ms. Walla has been recognized by the World Bank as one of seven women entrepreneurs in Africa working ...

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Remembering Raufa Hassan

Remembering Raufa Hassan

Raufa Hassan was a fearless, focused and inspirational Yemeni political activist, journalist and thinker.  She died last week at 53.   These tributes below capture her well.   I first met Raufa in Sanaa, Yemen, in 1997 when I travelled to Yemen on my first ever trip to work with non-American women ...

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Six Steps to Cracking the Code on Women & Development

Six Steps to Cracking the Code on Women & Development

How can we best ensure that development assistance reaches those who need it most? Here are six building blocks.

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About the Author

Stephenie Foster
Stephenie Foster

With over 25 years of experience in domestic and international policy Stephenie’s consulting practice advises clients on issues ranging from public/private partnerships, global networking, political strategy and lobbying. Her international work has taken her to more than 20 countries. Previously she served as Chief of Staff to two United States Senators (Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT)), held senior positions at Legacy and Planned Parenthood and was appointed by President Clinton as General Counsel for the U.S. General Services Administration. Stephenie was a former law partner in California and is currently a Professorial Lecturer at American University, where she teaches classes on Women & the UN and Women World Leaders. She is an author and blogger and you can follow her work at StephenieFoster.com.

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