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Women Rising I: International Changemakers

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Women worldwide are gaining influence as leaders: struggling for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. On this edition of Making Contact, we profile three tireless and effective women: Wangari Maathai, founder of the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya; Devorah Brous, founder of Bustan L’Shalom, a human rights/peace and justice organization in Israel/Palestine; Lydia Alpizar, founder of Elije, a youth organization for women’s rights in Mexico.

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Women Rising II: International Changemakers Women in Peace and Antimilitarism

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Women worldwide are gaining influence as leaders, struggling for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. On this program we profile four women. Laura Slattery left a career in the United States Military to become a nonviolent activist against militarism. Amneh Badran spearheads a Palestinian-Israeli feminist peace coalition. Paula Green brings conflict transformation worldwide to the victims of war. And Hyun-Back Chung heads a South Korean effort to mediate peace between the United States and North Korea.

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Women Rising III: International Changemakers Women Writer Activists

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this Women’s Desk edition, we profile three courageous women writer-activists: Ritu Menon, leading Indian feminist publisher; Maria Cristina Caballero, Colombian journalist and peace activist; Asale Angel Ajani, African American author on Colombia.

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Women Rising IV: International Changemakers – Women as Religious Activists

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous women struggling with religious issues. Elana Rozenman is co-director of the Women’s Interfaith Encounter in the Middle East. Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim lesbian and feminist who wants a reformation of her own faith. And Regina O’Callahan helped found the Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum to support religious diversity in her country.

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Women Rising V: International Changemakers – Grassroots Activists

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous change makers: Shereen Essof is an advocate for democracy and land rights for women in Zimbabwe. Sahar Saba is a leader in RAWA, the underground resistance organization struggling for women’s rights and democracy in Afghanistan, and Wendy Pekeur represents farmworkers in South Africa.

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Women Rising VI: International Changemakers Whistleblowers

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this special edition, we profile three courageous whistleblowers in the United States.

Cindy Sheehan mobilizes military families and peace activists to bring an end to the war in Iraq. Leuren Moret blew the whistle on Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and is now a global activist against the use of depleted uranium. Sibel Edmonds exposed a counterintelligence cover-up in the FBI.

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Women Rising VII: International Changemakers in Politics

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous politicians, women who have chosen to create progressive change through government.

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Women Rising VIII: International Changemakers Protecting the Environment

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society.

On this edition, we profile four courageous young ecology activists, going to court for environmental justice and leading regional cooperation to rescue precious natural resources and indigenous cultures. Anne Kajir is an indigenous lawyer fighting for the rainforest and the people of Papua New Guinea. Olya Melen is a Ukrainian lawyer who stopped her government from destroying the Danube Delta. Dana Rassas is a Palestinian activist on trans-boundary water policy issues in the Middle East. Ilana Meallam is an Israeli advocate for the indigenous Bedouin people of the Middle East.

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Women Rising IX: International Changemakers – Honoring Elder Women Activists

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous women elders honoring their lives of dedication to far reaching social movements. We’ll hear their personal stories and hear about their current work.

Australia’s Dr. Helen Caldicott is the premier spokesperson for the worldwide anti-nuclear movement. The Smithsonian Institute named her one of the most influential women of the 20th century. Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America and is a tireless advocate for social justice; Mairead Corrigan Maguire won the Nobel Peace Prize for organizing a grassroots non-violence movement in Northern Ireland.

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Women Rising X: International Changemakers – Human Rights Advocates

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three courageous human rights advocates.

Palestinian-American Huwaida Arraf founded an organization that monitors the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Maria LaHood is an American lawyer who takes on high profile human rights cases, like that of Maher Arrar, who was a victim of “extraordinary rendition” at the hands of the US government. Argentinian Patricia Isasa is an activist who is bringing to justice those who detained and tortured her in her own country, and is fighting against The School of the Americas.

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Women Rising XI: International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society.

In this program, we visit with three eloquent members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The Council is a global alliance of elder women healers who represent more than 900 years of collective wisdom and traditions. The women come together to speak in one voice, with one very simple, yet urgent message: we must take care of our Mother, the Earth, for the next seven generations.

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Women Rising XII: International Changemakers Journalists in the Crosshairs

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile three independent journalists, unbought and unbossed. Women journalist heroines!

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Women Rising XIII: Enterprising Women

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile four women entrepreneurs, bravely starting businesses where no one else has ventured and who are leading a worldwide grassroots movement to create micro-enterprise.

Lucky Chhetri started the first women’s trekking guide business in Nepal. Jane Kunyiha works with the Baobab Project, making micro-grants for small business startups in Kenya. Brigitte Kitenge created a women’s cooperative organization in the Congo for women victims of war, and Rashmi Dixit started a restaurant to rescue indigenous culture in India.

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Women Rising XIV: International Changemakers in the Arts

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society.

On this edition, we profile four artist activists. Velina Brown is a core actor with the world famous San Francisco Mime Troupe. So An is a singer activist in Haiti. Jaishri Abichandani is an artist and curator with the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective and Zimbabwean Rutendo Mudzamiri teams with the International Museum of Women to launch the “Imagining Ourselves” online art exhibit.

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Women Rising XV: World Health Activists

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program, we profile two activists facing the most difficult health and human rights issues of our time.

Prudence Mabele is a South African activist in the battle to contain HIV and raise awareness of the AIDS crisis. Mary Pipher is an American psychologist and author confronting the American Psychological Association about its cooperation with the U.S. government in the use of torture.

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Women Rising XVI: Civil Disobedience and Resistance

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program, we profile two international change-makers dedicated to nonviolent civil disobedience and resistance. Medea Benjamin is a U.S. activist. She’s taken her anti-war, anti-militarism, pro-democracy and pro-environment activism to new heights with her group CODEPINK. Saw Myat Mar is a Burmese activist who has worked closely with Nobel Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to establish Burma’s “National League for Democracy.”

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Women Rising XVII: Climate Change and Water

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We profile two women activists taking on the global water crisis. Canadian Maude Barlow is a well known leader in the global struggle for water justice. Ge Yun from China is in the vanguard of her country’s growing conservation movement. In this program, they both warn us about the link between climate change and the loss of one of our most basic human requirements: water for life.

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Women Rising XVIII: Rescuers of Wildlife

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program we profile four animal rights activists:

Alice Ng has worked with Wild Aid, founded Animal Balance in the Galapagos Islands and is now the executive director of Animals Asia Foundation. Rosamira Guillen is the executive director of Proyecto Titi, promoting the survival of the Cotton -top Tamarin Monkey and its habitat in Colombia. Lorena Aguilar is an executive with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, specializing in community and gender issues. Elena Bykova heads up Wildlife Conservation Network’s Saiga Conservation Alliance to preserve the Saiga Antelope in Uzbekistan.

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Women Rising XIX: Masters of the Spoken Word

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment, and civil society. In this program, we profile two American masters of the spoken word, provoking, inspiring, and moving us to action. Eve Ensler, playwright of the hit “Vagina Monologues” shares the innovative work of her organization, V-Day, and renowned storyteller, Diane Ferlatte, talks with us about using her art as an international bridge over cultural divides.

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Women Rising XX: Leaders Struggling With War

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society. In this program, we profile two government leaders tackling the monumental problem of war. Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda is Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, a judicial body dedicated to human rights. And retired Colonel Ann Wright, a former United States military leader and diplomat for the State Department is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. war economy.

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Women Rising XXI: Women’s Rights to Water, Land, and Farming

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment, and civil society. On this program we profile a dynamic partnership between the Women’s Earth Alliance and the Global Women’s Water Initiative: working on women’s rights to water, land, farming and basic human dignity.

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Women Rising XXII: Antinuke Activists

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With nuclear power back on the agenda, three prominent female activists tell their stories: Kaori Izumi was part of the grassroots campaign to shutdown Japan’s nuclear power plants, after the Fukushima disaster. Winona LaDuke, has spent much of her life working to oppose uranium mining on indigenous land. And Alice Slater is part of a global initiative to ban nuclear weapons. On this edition, is the anti-nuclear movement on the rise?

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Women Rising XXIII: Women of La Via Campesina

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We profile women of La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement celebrating 20 years of grassroots activism, for sustainable farming, land rights and social justice.  Canadian Nettie Wiebe fights to keep seeds in the hands of small farmers.  From the US, Dina Hoff takes on climate change and trade agreements. Elizabeth Mpufo of Zimbabwe raises issues facing women.  And Japan’s Ayumi Kinezuka shares the effects of the Fukishima nuclear disaster on her organic farm.

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Women Rising Radio XXIV: Greenpeace Activists

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Featured women:  Hettie Geenen, First Mate Rainbow Warrior  Leila Deen, Senior Campaigner Greenpeace  Laila Williams,  Campaigner Greenpeace

We profile women of Greenpeace, the legendary eco-activist organization. Hettie Geenan is first mate on the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior. Leila Deen leads the campaign against fracking. And Laila Williams connects Greenpeace with indigenous communities, women’s groups and people of color.  Happy International Women’s Day March 8th!

 

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Women Rising Radio XXV: Activists on Armaments and War

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Women are gaining influence worldwide in leadership for democracy, civil society, women’s, human and children’s rights, ecology and sustainability.  In this program we profile three women activists against war and armaments.   Sister Stella Soh, a Korean nun, fights to save Korea’s Jeju Island.  Renowned US activist Kathy Kelly works to help women caught in conflict. Miriam Nobre heads the World March of Women.

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Women Rising Radio XXVI: A Ride on the People’s Climate Train

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In September of 2014, Women Rising radio rode the People’s Climate train coast to coast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate change march in history. 

Women Rising Radio XXVII: A Farm Worker Advocate

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  • Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez, founder and director of the Center for Farmworker Families
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Women Rising Radio XXVIII: Global Community

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  • Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service (USA)
  • Amber Khan, Women For Women International (USA)
  • Zainab Salbi, Emerita, Women For Women International (USA)
  • Martha Karnga, Executive Director, Bassa Women’s Development  Association, (Liberia)

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  • Host: Sandina Robbins
  • Producer: Lynn Feinerman
  • Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch

Women Rising XXVIIII: Food Sovereignty

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  • Vandana Shiva, Navdanya (India)
  • Adelita San Vicente Tello, Seeds of Life (Mexico)
  • Sage La Pena, Native American Clinical Herbalist
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Native American Youth Educator

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  • Host: Sandina Robbins
  • Producer: Lynn Feinerman
  • Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch

Women Rising Radio XXX: Battling Slavery, Trafficking and Forced Labor

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  • Ima Matul, CAST LA
  • Joanna Ewart-James  WALK FREE
  • Elena Urlaeva  Independent Human Rights Monitor
  • Supriya Awasthi  FREE THE SLAVES

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  • Host: Sandina Robbins
  • Producer: Lynn Feinerman
  • Audio Engineer: Vanessa Lowe, Monica Lopez

Women Rising Radio #31: Antinuclear Abolitionists

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This is Part One of a two part investigation by Women Rising Radio,  which profiles women advocating for abolition of  nuclear weapons and power plants.  This program focuses on nuclear weapons and war, and features Jackie Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation in the US; Abacca Anjain-Maddison, a Senator from the Marshall Islands; Kate Hudson, head of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain; Nadezda Kutepova, founder of Planet of Hope in Russia; Sharon Dolev, head of the Israeli Disarmament Movement; and Fujiko Yoshikawa, a Japanese American writer in the Japanese language.

Women Rising Radio #32: Antinuclear Abolitionists Part two

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Women Rising Radio presents Part Two of our two-part miniseries on Antinuclear Abolitionists.  In Part One we profiled women struggling to eliminate nuclear weapons and war. In Part Two we profile activists working to eliminate nuclear energy, including power plants, uranium mining, nuclear waste storage and new research in nuclear power. Claire Greensfelder, formerly director of Greenpeace’s Nuclear Free Future campaign; Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Japan; and Ursula Sladek, a mother and teacher who took over her town’s energy grid and made a giant, cooperative renewable energy company.

Women Rising Radio #33: With Healers at Standing Rock

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Women Rising Radio gathers eyewitness accounts of Standing Rock, from medical activists who worked in the medic healing unit during the heroic Lakota, Dakota and Nakota standoff with Energy Transfer Partners, local law enforcement and hired security operatives.

Women Rising Radio #34: Rescuing the Isolated and Displaced, Doctors Without Borders

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Women Rising Radio follows four women working with Doctors Without Borders, three M.D.’s and a nurse.  On board a ship rescuing refugees drowning at sea, treating malnutrition in the rural areas of South Sudan, in Liberia working on Ebola, saving children and pregnant women with surgery in Central African Republic  –  these women risk everything to rescue those in need in the most dangerous places on Earth.

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