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Women in the World Summit March 14, 2011

Posted by Syd in Women Who Rock.
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”

While admittedly the last few posts have been a little more grim, we wanted to also highlight some of the positive events in the women’s movement recently.  Because there are some pretty kick-ass women out there!

The Women in the World Summit took place between March 10 and March 12th.  The Daily Beast has a list of truly remarkable stories from the event.  Check out the interactive list of 150 Women Who Shake the World.

In Clinton’s keynote speech regarding the violence going on in West Africa:

“In Cote d’Ivoire this month, we have seen thousands of women come together, marching arm-in-arm in the streets, calling for a return to democracy and for Laurent Gbagbo to respect the results of the recent elections and give up power… Now they are standing up for their rights and for their future. But last week, Gbagbo’s thugs turned their machine guns on the peaceful marchers, and at least six women were killed. But the women of Cote d’Ivoire did not give up. They returned to the streets with signs that said, ‘Don’t shoot us,’ and they kept right on going.”

You can also access the facebook page for the event (past and future) here.  And a  list of excellent organizations that could use your help!  An excellent recap of the event can be found here.

Click, click, click away, readers.

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