Download logo The Commonwealth has held a training session for more than 30 Cameroonians designed to highlight the role women can play in building peace, understanding conflict and countering violent extremism. Participants from Cameroon’s civil society attended the four-day workshop in Douala. They are involved in supporting women who are on the frontline of fighting extremism and building paths to peace. Commonwealth deputy head of countering violent extremism (CVE), Anna Sherburn, described women as “powerful actors” in the Commonwealth’s efforts to build resilience to violent extremism. She said: “We learn so much by hearing their advice and looking to address the issues they see as lying at the root of violent extremism in our communities. It is so powerful when we create opportunities for women to draw strength and wisdom from the practices of other women. "The Cameroon workshop attendees have learnt so much from our trainers, including Hamsatu … [Read more...] about Cameroon workshop advances women’s role in peacebuilding
ORLANDO, Fla. You could say I’m obsessive about Florida. I’m always talking about it. I write about it constantly. I think about it all day long. It bleeds into everything I do. I live here — I’ve lived here my entire life — and my whole family grew up here. I am steeped in the state. Currently we’re in the midst of hurricane season, a yearly occurrence that runs from June to November. As I started this piece, yet another hurricane was barreling toward the coast. I went to Publix and could barely find a parking space; all the newcomers and tourists were there buying batteries, water, bread. I walked along the frozen section and took advantage of the deals on chicken strips. What it means to live in Florida your whole life is that you get used to things. I don’t find anything all that interesting about watching my dogs chase around a lizard that has crept inside my home. Yet when I post about it on the internet, people find it strange. … [Read more...] about Florida Women Are No Joke. I Should Know.
HAVANA — I was six when I saw my mother sitting on a stretcher at a psychiatric hospital in Cienfuegos, half-naked with a blank stare. She was bent over, her hands groping the ground, when a male nurse, humming a popular song, grabbed her hair and forced her to throw up into a bucket, which he then emptied into the toilet. That image, buried in my memories since the 1970s, resurfaced decades later at the Havana airport. Before a departing flight, an officer in civilian clothing locked me inside a room and, with a smile, asked me to get undressed. I was ordered to squat, and my body was patted down to ensure I was not concealing contraband. While his fingers searched me, the memory of that nurse’s callous laugh and my defenseless mother came back to me like a boomerang, heightening my own sense of vulnerability. What could I do? How and where could I file a complaint? No one talks about what happens in hospitals, nursing homes, women’s prisons, police stations and … [Read more...] about Cuban Women Await Their #MeToo Moment
In "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience" (published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS), former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, write about the lives of women in history who have made a difference, ranging from social activists and political figures to writers and Olympians. One of the women they highlight is the trailblazing Representative and Senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, who denounced Sen. Joe McCarthy and became the first woman to seek a major party's presidential nomination. Read the excerpt below, and don't miss Jane Pauley's interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on "CBS Sunday Morning" September 29! Margaret Chase Smith When I was a little girl, my family subscribed to Life magazine, which came to our house every week on Friday. When I came home from school, I'd eagerly grab it and lie down on the floor in our living room to read it before I had to … [Read more...] about Excerpt: “The Book of Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton
Women at war is part of Indian history, from Jhansi Ki Rani to Rani Durgawati to Razia Sultan. But they weren’t part of modern India’s war strategy till very recently. Independent India’s Army restricted women to the medical corps, dental corps and the nursing service. Even so, they played significant roles, if only as wives, mothers and daughters of soldiers, when India was at war in 1962, 1965 and 1971. Retired Col Virender Verma, who served during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars, says his wife formed a voluntary group in Agra to collect food and clothing for the men at the front. He recalls, “No train carrying jawans could pass through the Agra railway station without getting a ‘supply’ of their sweetness and warmth.” Adds Air Marshall Kuldeep Rai, a doctor who served in all the three wars, “like the soldiers who are involved in combat, the nurses and doctors in Army also operate in the warzone.” But formal induction into other … [Read more...] about In India, they soldier on without a combat role