Education as a Potent Weapon: Unleashing the Power of Girls

girl rising

Power comes in many shapes and forms so it’s refreshing to hear stories that are too often overlooked. Stories about what the grit and determination of young girls is capable of producing. Girls rejecting child marriage, servitude within patriarchal societies and refusing to let the circumstances they were born into …

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What are the Real Drivers of Conflict in Some Parts of Africa? Dr. Edward Kissi Explains  

Dr. Edward Kissi

From inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic which has been labeled as a “pre-genocide,” to inter-ethnic violence in South Sudan claiming thousands of lives and displacing over a million from the newest country of the world, various regions in Africa are enduring disastrous conflicts. Politicians, scholars and other experts are grappling with …

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The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Tampa Bay Chapter was awarded a membership growth award for increasing its membership in 2012 by a whopping 280%.

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a …

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What should the U.S. do and not do in Mali? Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Answers the Questions


When the French first intervened in Mali, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston penned an Op-Ed in the New York Times outlining reasons why the U.S. should assist France in fighting the terror group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Huddleston was the United States ambassador to Mali from 2002 to 2005 and urged …

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Moving Forward: The Role of the International Criminal Court in Africa

Fatou B. Bensouda : International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor at The Hague in Geneva, Switzerland. Image- ICC

 Africa on the Agenda: Conference on World Affairs in St. Petersburg Initiated by Douglas McElhaney, a former ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2004 to 2007, and hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the first annual St Petersburg in the World Conference was held from March 28 to …

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International Women’s Day – Christiane Amanpour : “Make sure that you never hear the word NO.”

In honor of International Women’s Day 2013, I would like to share words of wisdom from CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International Christiane Amanpour. Watch this video and quote of the day:

Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of Amanpour, a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International.

“From all my experience working in the field for over 20 years now I see more and more women in the field as journalists… What I see is that this is making a big change in the way stories are covered. Women do not report only on women… They report on what now is almost exclusively the human factor when it comes to war, crisis, disaster or even opportunities, hope and challenges… Women still have to face very difficult threats, very difficult situations of abuse, very difficult situations of intimidation and out and out being banned from taking part in the field of journalism. It is still a difficult world… Those of you women around the world who are determined, and no matter what profession you choose, who are determined to make it and battle the odds and make sure that you never hear the word NO, that I think is the hope and the optimism and the opportunity that we can benefit from and that we can put back into society…”

Series: Guardian Africa network/Africa's top women for International Women's Day

Inspiration for today also comes from a group of African women listed by the Guardian through its Guardian Africa network series. Take a look at top 25 incredible African women nominated by the public to celebrate International Women’s Day here and get inspired!

Last but not least, I would like to share videos below. I was honored to sit among a group of highly-accomplished women journalists as part of a program hosted by Global Journalist in honor of International Women’s Day at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2011. Even though I am a relative novice compared to the women I was with, I was able to pitch in from my experience and perspective as a female journalist working in Eritrea. I am recommending the video below to showcase the amazing group of women in the industry. Happy International Women’s Day to all the women journalists out there who are working hard to uphold the true meaning of the profession and inspiring us all.

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