The earth is shifting. A new age is dawning. From Kabul and Cairo to Cape Town and New York, women are claiming their space at home, at work and in the public square. They are propelling changes so immense they're likely to affect intractable issues such as poverty, interstate conflict, culture and religion, and the power brokers are finally listening.
Human rights activist
Sally Armstrong is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, journalist, teacher, author and human rights activist. She has recently been appointed to the International Women’s Commission at the UN. Armstrong is a powerful and engaging speaker whose far-ranging career has given her a foundation for her message, which is inspirational for people in every walk of life. Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards, including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002. Armstrong is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees. Her documentary works include They Fell From the Sky, and The Daughters of Afghanistan. She is the author of three books -- Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan, The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, and the most recent, Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan's Women. Armstrong shows organizations how to meet the opportunities and challenges of an era when business and civil society must move in harmony. She helps audiences understand the driving world forces that are shaping this new century and how to meet the needs of the people in their organizations who will make this happen. More information on Sally Armstrong can be found at: www.speakers.ca/armstrong_sally.html.
What happens now that a weary world is pulling up its military stakes in Afghanistan? Some worry that the gains women have made will be traded for a so-called peace with the fundamentalists. Don't believe it -- the women are poised to yank this primitive place into the 21st century. They are the reformers and they won't go home again.
08/04/2011 07:59 EDT
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