The first-ever Radio New Internationalist hits the airwaves with Timor Leste's (East Timor's) First Lady - Kirsty Sword Gusmão- in the co-host's chair. Married to President Xanana Gusmão and anactive campaigner for the people of the poorest country in Asia, sheillustrates the issues facing freedom fighters once they gainindependence… and government. Drawing on her experiences from bothbefore and after Timor Leste's independence, Kirsty opens the door tosome fundamental issues facing a new nation as she swaps stories with arange of progressive people from around the world:
- Dr Shaista Shameem - Director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission - about the cause of military revolts.
- Haunani-Kay Trask, Indigenous human rights advocate, scholar, writer and poet from Hawai'i, about choosing a national language.
- Alia, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), about educating people after a war.