Tuesday, March 08, 2011

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

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It's TODAY.

Here's THE GUARDIAN'S LIST of Inspiring women activists and campaigners:


  • Franny Armstrong Filmmaker behind The Age of Stupid, environmental activist and founder of the 10:10 campaign
  • Helen Bamber Founder of Amnesty International and campaigner for human rights
  • Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh The founder of Kid's Company, which offers practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children
  • Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Director of Liberty, barrister and former lawyer for the Home Office
  • Margaret Chan the World Health Organisation Director of the World Health Organisation, battling international viruses, and championing improvements in all of our most pressing diseases
  • Leader of the Gulabi Gang in northern India, an all-women vigilante force
  • Shirin Ebadi at a media forum in Germany this month Iran's first female judge, founder of the Human Rights Defenders Centre and the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India
  • Lubna Hussein at the cafe in Khartoum where she was arrested for wearing trousers. Sudanese writer and women's rights campaigner, who asked to go to trial after being arrested for wearing trousers
  • Afghan Member of Parliament Malalai Joya Afghan politician and human rights campaigner who has shown phenomenal
    courage
  • Wangari Maathai The Kenyan environmental and political activist who won a Nobel Peace prize for her work with the Green Belt Movement
  • Graca Machel Former Mozambican education minister and advocate for the rights of southern African women and children
  • Cambodian anti-sex trafficking campaigner and founder of AFESIP, rescuing women from brothels and supporting their recovery
  • Moroccan writer Fatema Mernissi Professor of sociology at Mohammed V University in Rabat
  • Pragna Patel, Chair of Southall Black Sisters Founding member of Southall Black Sisters, a landmark organisation in the history of black and Asian feminism
  • Civil servant who made a stand and stopped a train carriage of sexist men
  • Nawal El Saadawi Egyptian doctor, psychiatrist, feminist, university lecturer and writer
  • Iraqi American CEO and founder of Women for Women International
  • Jasvinder Sanghera Director of Karma Nirvana, a charity helping victims of forced marriages and 'honour' violence
  • Vandana Shiva Environmentalist and founder of Diverse Women for Diversity
  • Marisol Valles Garcia The 20-year-old police chief of a Mexican border town terrorised by drugs cartels has been called Mexico's bravest woman


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