Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Mylene Martin

On October 1st, 2007, I went to the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Market Street to attend a lecture named Women who light the dark. This was in honor of the fourth book published by the photojournalist Paola Gianturco. She went over 30 countries and followed the life of 30 women. She made a book with pictures of those women and about the issues those women face. So she told stories to bring those pictures she showed us to life.

But she was not the only woman at the lecture. The President of Global Fund for Women, an international grantmaking foundation in favor of women's rights, Kavita N.Ramdas, was also here. She sponsors, as the President of Global Fund for Women, Gianturco's lectures, book signings and other related events. They know each other well and Paola Gianturco is a really active member of the foundation. For the foundation's 20th anniversary, Paola Gianturco decided to give all the royalties to the Global Fund for Women.

With 58 million dollars awarded to 3,450 women's groups in 166 countries, Global Fund for Women is the largest organization of its kind. Thanks to all this money, these different groups of men and women are able to ensure that women have their voices heard in decision making, or that they get the recognition that they deserve. They also help the countries in need as for instance in Cameroon where more than a million people were trained to know what to do and not to do when they have AIDS.

This lecture was really moving and inspiring as a lot of people from the audience said afterwards.

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