As a year of political, environmental and economic turmoil ends, we at the Global Fund for Women look to 2010 with great hope. In spite of the tumult, women’s groups are succeeding. Consider these “wins” from feministing.com.
Global Fund grantee partners had their share of successes. The Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network in India, shared an inspiring story about how over 80 women in Manipur, one of the country's forgotten and heavily militarized zones, are peacefully resisting armed violence.
In Tibet, training offered by the Tibetan Women's Association attracted 27 Tibetan women from around India for leadership development and debate on issues impacting Tibetans including political repression and climate change.
The women said they were inspired by noted feminist, human rights activist and Global Fund Board Member Charlotte Bunch who said:
“Whether there are innately female leadership styles... is not really the right question. It is more important to ask why there has been so little attention paid to women leaders over the years as well as why the styles of leading more often exhibited by women are particularly useful at this critical moment in history.”Food for thought as we begin a new decade.
As 2009 ends, we thank all the incredible women's groups from Afghanistan to Tuvalu, working for women's rights and leadership.
Happy New Year!
Preeti Mangala Shekar is part of the communications team at the Global Fund for Women.