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Protect Our Earth

Protect Our Earth

Environment and development were crucial issues for Gro Harlem Brundtland. Women's Develoment and Environment Organization (WEDO) is making her vision come true. Learn about their work and consider their fellowship and internship programs. (English)

Plant for the Planet

Plant for the Planet

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through its Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign has set a new goal: to plant seven billion trees worldwide by the end of 2009. Register your planted trees and pledge to plant on the campaign's website! --Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese


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From Women, Power and Politics:

Blogging about Sarah Palin

On August 28, 2008, Senator John McCain's announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for the Republican presidential ticket in the United States stirred up emotions and controversy. Much of the reaction stems from her biography. Palin, a former small-town mayor, has governed her state for less than two years. A mother of five children, including a baby with Down Syndrome, Palin, 44, identifies as a conservative Christian, a gun enthusiast and an avid moose hunter. She is the first female Republican VP candidate; the only other major-party female VP candidate was Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

On September 3, 2008, Palin spoke to supporters at the Republican National Convention, officially accepting her nomination. Since her speech, conversations have been rampant all over the United States, but I.M.O.W. has been curious about what those outside of the United States are saying. Here is a selection of thoughts and reactions from women bloggers around the world.

To add your voice to our discussion of Sarah Palin, please visit our Community Forum.

From Women, Power and Politics:

Body As Art

Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions. Mwangi writes: My body is the only thing that I own... I react, interpret and question the clichés and stereotypes with which I am faced... I use art to awaken consciences.

From Women, Power and Politics:

Madame Mao
In many parts of the world and throughout history, women have come into leadership positions and been known as "Iron Ladies" because of their powerful husbands. One such figure was Jiang Qing, a woman who came to be called Madame Mao and who, after Chairman's death, fell from grace with the Chinese people. Stefan R. Landsberger, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Culture at the University of Amsterdam, tell us through images the incredible story of Madame Mao's rise to power and her tragic downfall.

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