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Ce n’è per tutti?

I hardly know a word of Italian, but I’ll remember these words. They hang there, provocatively in red, on the towers of the Swiss Pavilion at the World EXPO in Milano, Italy. Is there enough for all? The theme of … Continue reading

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Wow, I can do this!!!

I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up. I’m surprised that I’m still going at all. Three young women jog in front of me, as if they were on a light walk. I’m trying to keep up, … Continue reading

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So beautiful, and so hard

„Wonne Monat Mai“, they call it here in Switzerland, that month when lilacs bloom pastel, peonies bright red, and the meadows are a swath of white, blue and bright yellow flowers. The forest is still a fresh green, the air … Continue reading

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The Power Within

One reason I travelled to Zambia last month was to help an association seeking to provide a group of sex workers, who wish to exit their profession, with an alternate income option. We are linked with a local NGO that … Continue reading

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Money Counters and Keepers of the Keys

The group of women gathered in Irene’s porch listen attentively as Ali explains how a GROW group functions. All of them struggle to feed their families and pay the rent. They’re hopeful that GROW will help them improve their economic … Continue reading

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Zambia: conservation farming prevents hunger

A little yellow bird flits in the fig tree, the gardener is pulling weeds around the profusely blooming poinsettia bush – Eva’s garden is a welcome retreat from the last busy days in Kitwe, Zambia. I arrived Tuesday night to … Continue reading

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When hunger has a face…

“Are we to starve???” Vivienne writes me in a Facebook message. She’s relating to the worries of Zambian small-scale farmers who are facing a massive reduction of their maize (corn) harvest due to a rainy season that has ended far … Continue reading

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Right to vote 25 years old today

25 years ago today the last Swiss women received the right to vote. Yes, you read right. Most Swiss women were given voting rights in 1971, which is only 44 years ago too. But the women in the canton of … Continue reading

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It’s spring! For Emmi too.

Gone are the dark, grey days, gone (almost) is the snow. For at least a week already the skies are clear blue. The sun’s rays wake up primula, snow drops and crocuses. I love it! It’s spring, or at least, … Continue reading

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“Go, Grandma, Go!” – Fan Power

Coming out of a difficult curve I heard his three-year-old voice urging me on: “Go, Grandma, go!” It gave me that extra umph of energy heading into the last lap of the race. Fan power. There weren’t many fans in … Continue reading

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