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Cecilia Attias
Cécilia Attias has dedicated her life to service; as a mother, a wife, a committed public servant, an activist and an ardent supporter of women’s rights.

Born in France, Cécilia honed strength and fortitude early in life. After studying law at L’University Assas, she began her political career serving as a parliamentary assistant. Cécilia consistently served the people of France in many capacities; from 1989 to 2002 in Neuilly’s city hall and at the Assemblée Nationale, in 2002 in the office of the Minister of Interior, where she became deeply involved in women’s rights and issues relating to domestic violence, immigration, assimilation and crimes against children, in 2004 as Advisor in Ministry of State, Economy, Finance and Industry, and in 2005 as Chief of Staff for the UMP Party. Cécilia saw firsthand the suffering and pain of the victims and made a vow to use her influence and status to make a difference.

In 2007, Cécilia Attias became First Lady of France, where she continued to work with those in need. Never one to shy away from adversity, in 2007 Cécilia again showed her fortitude and determination to improve the lives of others. As First Lady, Cécilia successfully negotiated with General Muammar Ghadaffi the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya’s death row.

Today, Cécilia serves as President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women. She uses her knowledge of the communications industry to aid her philanthropic efforts.
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At Valley Forge, 'Cadets' Earn Complete Education

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:57 AM

As secondary school graduation season wraps up across the nation, I am reminded of the outstanding education my son is receiving at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. Despite the uniform shared by every graduating class -- gown, mortarboard, tassel -- the education received prior to the ceremony is not...

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Our World, Our Kids: Thinking of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 10:50 AM

In a fantastic photo essay published earlier this year, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti presented images of kids from across the world holding their most prized possessions. The pictures are stunning. In one, a little boy from Malawi called Chiwa stands beneath a mosquito net on a bed and...

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Let's End Hunger for Good

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:20 PM

It's one of the paradoxes of the modern world that many people on our planet struggle with malnutrition, while others battle obesity. These problems affect children in particular. Although childhood obesity has been called "one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century," it remains...

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Listening to Young People on Sexual Health

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Late last month, a U.N. taskforce published a report on sexual health, which had some important findings. Most striking was a statement from Ishita Chaudhry, who works to give a voice to younger people in India. "For us as young people, it's really not as controversial...

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Why We Need to Educate Girls

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Last month, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girl who had been shot by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan, returned to school in Birmingham, UK. It was a truly happy moment and marked a major step in her recovery. But there are all too many reminders of the...

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Forging a Plan to End Violence Against Women

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:26 PM

The theme of this year's International Women's Day, coming up on March 8, is a strong desire to end violence against women and girls.

In recent months there have been too many reminders of how urgently we need to address this cause, from the shooting of

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Commemorating Roe v. Wade

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Last Tuesday, Americans marked an important milestone in their history -- the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 made abortion legal across the nation.

It was a pivotal moment for women's rights in America. It granted women more control...

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America's Need for Gun Control

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 4:16 PM

The burials of the Sandy Hook School children have begun, and the heartbreak of their parents and the community is palpable. I myself am devastated by what happened, by the deaths of those innocent little kids and their brave teachers. This tragedy demonstrates one certainty about American life: the need...

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Why Gender Equality Is Still an Issue

(17) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 10:36 AM

Last week, there was some stunning news from the other side of the Atlantic. The Church of England's General Synod decided to ban women from becoming bishops. It was a close decision, lost by just six votes in the House of Laity (the other two Houses were in...

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Encouraging Girls to Get Into Sports

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:15 PM

The British Olympic rower Helen Glover told the Telegraph recently that she nearly decided not to try out for her country's rowing team. She had just finished university and wanted to begin her career; but then she was offered a scholarship that gave her an opportunity to row...

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Why We All Need to Be Aware of Breast Cancer This Month

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 3:34 PM

All around the world this October, you will notice the color pink. In Washington, D.C., the White House has been lit with soft-colored lights, New York's Empire State building is set to turn fuchsia this week and over the course of the month, landmarks will...

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Let's Celebrate International Day of the Girl

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 11:01 AM

This fall, children across the world set out for school after the summer holiday. They were the lucky ones. Millions of children do not have access to education, and of those the vast majority are girls. According to UNESCO, there are more than 75 million girls who are...

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Can We Talk About Abortion?

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 1:47 PM

Recently the Rwandan government took a progressive step in its legislation. Women who are pregnant as a result of rape, forced marriage or incest, or whose pregnancy endangers their health, are now legally entitled to safe abortion procedures.

Rwanda reduced criminal penalties against women who seek...

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A World Without HIV

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 11:23 AM

What would the world look like without HIV? 34 million people would live freer, healthier lives. Communities that are currently affected would be thriving. Mothers would live to see their children grow up.

There are so many individuals and organizations working to create that vision. And as they...

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Planning for the World's Future

(8) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:19 AM

Last year the world's population reached seven billion for the first time. And this past Wednesday, June 11, was World Family Planning Day, designated by the UN to mark its goal of offering universal access to reproductive health services by 2015. These issues are inherently connected,...

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Affordable Health Care Will Be Good for America

(22) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 3:17 PM

My favorite image from the news about the Supreme Court verdict on the health care law shows a group of young people holding brightly colored pink and red placards that state "protecting women's health," "We heart Obamacare" and variations on those themes. The protestors are African-American, Hispanic, Asian...

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Women and Leadership: Let's Continue the Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:42 AM

Just over a week ago, the very first Dialogue for Action Africa was held in Libreville, Gabon. More than 550 individuals representing NGOs, businesses and governments from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, China and the United States joined us to put forward their expertise in politics,...

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Ending Infant Mortality

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Earlier this month, Africa gave the world some very good news. The Economist magazine reported that the continent as a whole had experienced some of the steepest drops in child mortality ever seen anywhere.

Africa's swift economic growth has become a familiar story; but the fact that...

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Thoughts on Gay Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:11 AM

Last week President Obama surprised everyone by announcing that he believed gay people should be allowed to marry. It was a proud day for America, and gay rights groups have welcomed his statement.

Obama said that he had always supported civil unions for gay people, but had been...

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An Open Letter to Asma al-Assad

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:48 PM

France may be in the midst of elections and financial news is looming large. But why are we not talking about Syria? How can we forget those who are suffering in this way?

The international community's impotence
Many international diplomats have tried to stop or even just slow the...

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