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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Tostan is an international NGO founded in Senegal.  Tostan means “breakthrough” and “spreading and sharing” in Wolof, the most broadly spoken language in Senegal.  Founder and Executive Director Molly Melching, an American who has spent the last 3 decades in Senegal, has pursued a vision of sustainable development and positive social change by focusing on […]






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Stirring the Fire is a co-sponsor of the Foundation for Sustainable Development’s Global Photography Competition! How do you see grassroots development? How can you reveal the individuals on the frontlines who are driving grassroots action for global peace, freedom, and sustainability? How can you show the resilient and inspirational communities that affect development efforts worldwide? […]






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“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a family.” -African Proverb I had the privilege of working with women and girls in Southern Sudan during the summer of 2010. During that time, I conducted lots of interviews which I later transcribed, wanting to hear more about […]






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The movement for women’s and girls’ empowerment requires commitment from all of us, including men.  Men’s participation in this movement is increasing around the world creating solid and sustainable efforts toward gender equality. Men are also powerful allies in the movement.  Take for instance former President Jimmy Carter, founder with wife Rosalynn, of The Carter […]






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