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Worst Place in the World to be a Woman?

On June 15th, TrustLaw released a global perception poll of academics, aid professionals, health workers, policy makers, journalists, and development specialists on what in their opinion would be the five most dangerous countries in the world for women. The poll was based upon the levels of discrimination, sexual violence, health, cultural/customary practices, non-sexual violence, and trafficking… Read more »

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Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance

Yesterday the CGA had the honor of having Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, come talk to us about microfinance. Zafar, a former World Bank employee, discussed the origins of her organization. At the start of her career, Zafar worked in the Water and Sanitation department of the World Bank, and did not… Read more »

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MDG Review Summit & Clinton Global Initiative Meetings

A recent poll I stumbled upon via UN News Wire asks readers what they thought was the most important lesson learned from the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goal Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meetings, which took Manhattan and the world by storm last week. The answer? With an overwhelming 46+ percentage of the vote, the answer… Read more »

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The Fairer Sex?

One of the reasons to invade Afghanistan was to liberate the population from the medieval rule of the Taliban. In most senses that has happened, as the Taliban is only strong in pockets and has recently been facing a military surge. All of that being said, there has been rising discomfort that the new government… Read more »