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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Madeleine Albright: ‘Empowering Women is Crucial Step in Eradicating Terrorism’

In an article written by Tanya Goudsouzian for the Soma-Digest, Goudsouzian reports that women are the key to “eradicating the seeds of terrorism.” According to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, “the young men most susceptible to the call of terrorist groups are those who have no education and no sense of identity or dignity and who feel they have no future.”

“In many ways, if women are educated and empowered, they can impart this sense of identity and dignity to their children,” Albright says. Goudsouzian reports that Albright believes “that if developing countries put more emphasis on educating and economically empowering women, terrorism would find less fertile ground on which to flourish.”

On 11 June, “prominent women leaders from around the globe gathered to open the first conference of the Global Women’s Action Network for Children,” Goudsouzian reports. “The goal of the conference was to identify effective strategies to turn the tide on maternal and newborn mortality and ensure that girls everywhere have access to education.”

To read this article in full click here.


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