Let's be real: Women are the most effective solution for combating hunger

Women form the backbone of the agricultural sector in many countries and play a key role in getting food onto the table. In honour of International Women's Day, this video pays tribute to the women who are the key to ending world hunger.If you haven't already, send a message of solidarity: wfp.org/women...more

Would a Fifth UN Women's Conference Make a Difference?

Jean Shinoda Bolen is asking you to sign a petition for a Fifth UN World Conference on Women. Said petition would be delivered to the UN Secretary-General, to the chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and to the woman who will be appointed to head the new women's "super-agency" in March 2010. Shinoda Bolen explains: ...more

Climate Change: Fighting Hunger

We live in a changing world.We live in an uncertain world.We live in a HUNGRY world. Helping people help themselves. Turning Hunger into Hope. Because the future is now.To find out more: http://www.wfp.org/climate-change  ...more

We're #1 (Plus 30) in Closing the Gender Gap! Go U.S.!

For the past four years, the World Economic Forum has studied the gender gap - that is, the amount of resources dedicated to boys and girls and women's opportunities to fully participate in society - in over 100 countries, then ranked them. (In 2009, the Index included data from 134 nations. At least 12 of 14 indicators used for the Index must be available in order for a country to be included.) The goal, according to the 2009 Global Gender Gap Report, is: ...more

Hi Suzanne - Thanks for including us in this.  Glad to see people discussing the topic ...more

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Best plants for clean air

I just read an interesting post on Apartment Therapy, which described the best three plants everyone should have in their home or office. The post is entitled "Hot Tip: The Best Plants for Indoor Air Quality," and offers advice from Indian researcher Kamal Meattle. ...more

Charge the Archbishop with Attempted Murder

In Brazil, a nine year old girl who weighs 79 pounds and is under four feet tall was raped by her stepfather. She became pregnant with twins. The New York Times reported that medical treatment was sought after she complained of pain. Doctors at a state clinic 140 miles miles away from her home examined her and found that "the girl's uterus was was too small to support one baby, let alone two." They performed an abortion that saved her life. ...more

As I read this, I became more and more sickened. How can this man possibly think that saving ...more

International Women's Day 2009

"Hey, I just found out today is International Women's Day," Julie, my friend since the 4th grade, emailed me on Sunday. "Why don't I feel more special today?" Although International Women's Day was founded in the US nearly 100 years ago, many Americans these days are as unaware of the event as my generally wise and politically savvy friend. However, women all over the world celebrated the day in different ways. ...more

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Oprah Disappoints When Celebrating Fat as a Beauty Standard

Reportedly Oprah is considering retiring from her daily talk show when her current contract ends in 2011. Maybe she worries that there is nothing new left to talk about or that she is on auto-pilot rehashing lessons already learned. If today's show is any indication, sadly I wonder if Oprah has already mentally checked out. ...more

 By opening up this topic Maria you have, whether you intended to or not, raised some debates ...more

Dinner Party Return On Investment

In Paris, almost everybody (especially if you are married with kids) gets invited to or throws dinner parties in their apartments on Saturday evenings. It’s customary to bring the hostess a gift (in addition to an excellent bottle of Saint Emilion or Champagne). Usually flowers or candles do the trick. ...more