Women Suffer Most in Aftermath of Natural Disasters, Report Says

Associated Press

Women face a variety of hardships during and after natural disasters, according to the report, "Caught in the Storm," released Tuesday [December 13, 2005] by the San Francisco-based Global Fund for Women, an international human rights group.

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Three Times as Many Women as Men Died in Last Year's Tsunami

New Report Highlights Women's Vulnerability in Natural Disasters

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Global Fund for Women today released its new report, Caught in the Storm: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Women. Throughout the last year, a series of natural disasters have left the world reeling. These disasters occurred in vastly different places—from the tsunami in Asia to Hurricane Stan in Guatemala to the massive earthquake in Kashmir and Hurricane Katrina in the United States. Yet, they share one factor in common: during and afterwards, women and children suffered most.

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Local Women Change Face of Philanthropy

Bay Area BusinessWoman News

The power to write a check is the power to change the world. That's what countless women are discovering as they move from economic independence to a position where they can use their financial strength to support the causes they believe in. This is not only changing the world; it is changing the face of philanthropy. "Women, if respected and listened to, have solutions the world needs to hear," says Leanne Grossman, Global Fund Director of Communications.

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Praise is Heaped on Unsung Heroes

Idaho Mountain Express

On November 6, 2005, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama honored 48 Unsung Heroes of Compassion from around the world. The event, hosted by Dick Grace, of Grace Family Vineyards, lauded people from around the world for their extraordinary acts of compassion. Kavita N. Ramdas, Global Fund President and CEO, closed the event asking all to take compassionate steps to assist others.

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Afghanistan - The Shame of Reconstruction

Huffington Post

Bob Burnett, a writer and Global Fund supporter, recently interviewed Global Fund Board member Sakena Yacoobi about the inadequate efforts of the US in rebuilding Afghanistan, particularly in delivering education to thousands of Afghan girls. Sakena, the Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides education to more than 350,000 Afghan women and girls each year, lamented, "If Afghanistan is to become a democracy, the people need to be educated."

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