"Women's issues can wait--there are more pressing issues at hand." That's the mentality I sometimes come across in my work as Ambassador for Global Women's Issues--and it could not be more wrong.
With the help of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a refugee mother from Myanmar reunites with her son after spending 10 years apart.
Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.
This year, Mor Wah Kee saw its first two alumni graduate from college, and two more enter to begin their secondary degrees. When I asked a classroom full of sixth graders who else wanted to go to college someday, nearly all the hands shot up.
Burma's President Thein Sein and ethnic armed groups recently endorsed a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), which could bring an end to 60 years of ethnic conflict. The interim accord is the result of torturous negotiations over several years. However, the peace process is far from complete. Pressure on the parties is still needed for a final accord.
Life on the shallow, 13.5-mile freshwater lake is utterly captivating: With no roads or sidewalks to speak of, locals and visitors alike get around in one-person-wide wooden boats outfitted with outboard propellers.
In complete silence, we watched the sun set over a few dozen of the 2,200 temples built in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries by the kings of Bagan -- before the Mongols and earthquakes destroyed many of them. Later we went to dinner in one of the dirt-floor restaurants in this one-street sleepy town.
Once again, Goldman Prize awardees embody how single, determined individuals across the world can mobilize enough groundswell to conquer industrial Goliaths. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, these 2015 superheroes form a fountain of inspiration for all of us, and their weblinks show how we can act.
Treasured items become deadly projectiles if not secured by great inventions like Quakehold or clear museum wax/putty during earthquakes. I learned this lesson well through many years in the Bay area of California. A number of my mother's treasured Hummel figurines are now headless or handless.
If it weren't for the noise pollution of the single cylinder inboard diesel engines, you would swear you had stepped back a thousand years.
The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.
Maybe being hailed as her nation's savior is more pressure than she, or many of us, could live up to. Or maybe the substance of Aung San Suu Kyi never really matched the symbol -- and the West would do well to see that Myanmar is much more than The Lady.
Thought to be a good cure for acne as well as an effective sunscreen, women and girls (and to some extent boys) have applied it to their faces for over 2000 years.
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"Why is the Buddha so effeminate?" I asked our guide. "It's all in the eyes of the artist. The artist wants to make the Buddha the most beautiful thi...