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Wonder Women

Women who are doing it for themselves...

Right now the Radio New Internationalist team are revisiting some of the powerful and passionate people we’ve been hearing from this year.  And we’ve found that it’s the women who’ve really starred. They are an inspirational bunch - vivacious, outspoken, interesting, warm and funny - stepping out bravely to create more inclusive communities and build a better world. We chat with some of them today:

  • India’s environmentalist extraordinaire Vandana Shiva, talks about her remarkable legacy to humanity - a seed bank to protect biodiversity and stop corporate control of the food chain, and the 300,000 farmers it has helped.
  • Jenni Williams from Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) introduces us to her remarkable organization which - in spite of arrests and assaults - stands up to challenge corruption and incompetence riddling her country’s Government. 
  • Charm Tong from the Shan Women’s Action Network reports on how military madness is burning ethnic villages off Burma’s map - killing the villagers and using rape as a weapon of war and what she is doing to combat it.
  • Water is essential to good health, and the African nation, Tanzania, has just been awarded compensation after privatized water services in the capital delivered worse water. Tamsyn East - Water Campaigns Officer with the World Development Movement - reports.
  • Despite widespread and vocal global disgruntlement about privatisation, governments keep on keeping it on. Laila Harré - a former New Zealand Cabinet Minister - explores what goes on in the minds of our governments when they’re making huge and irreversible decisions to privatize.

Today’s CD is a collection of ambient funk from Asia - Ryukyu Underground.

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