Patrina Morris - Fashion Model to Singer/Songwriter
While working as a waitress to pay for art school Patrina Morris was discovered by a modeling agent. As a model she traveled extensively and has appeared in Italian and German editions of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. Having been brought up in North London and having traveled for modeling bookings to big cities like New York City, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, she garnered the confidence to pursue the dream of being a singer. She began to work with people like Paul Oakenfold, Talvin Singh, Andrew Hale ( of Sade) and Jon Klein (of Siouxsie and the Banshees).
From the Capitals of the World - to Rural Portugal
Having lived in big cities, like London and New York City, during her modeling days had begun to wear on her so she moved to rural Portugal to enjoy some peace and quiet. There amongst the the lemon and olive groves she settled into an environment more conducive to writing music. In her remote Portuguese farm she can go diving for fish and oysters in the ocean nearby and live a far more laid back lifestyle.
It was in a nearby village she met guitarist Ze Francisco and they formed a band from friends of Ze's - Paulo Machado on Bass and fender rhodes, Joao Francisco de Jesus on drums and Joao Pedro Guerreiro on Rhodes and piano. They gathered on her little farm and it was there that Patrina and the band created her beautiful sultry sound which is reminiscent of the early beach samba sound of Brazil of the 70's... Read More
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Youngest Mayor - From prison to the Mayors Office
Rezan Zuğurli, born to a family of well known Kurdish activists in the southeast of Turkey, is soft-spoken college student and the recently elected mayor of the Lice district of the Diyarbakir Province in Turkey. One look at her and you'd more likely peg her for a young woman more interested in fashion or music, than being someone fighting for Kurdish rights. Zuğurli, who is part of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, split her mayoral post with her male running mate Harun Erkuş now faces over 4 years in prison on questionable charges.
Feminist and Activist - Fighting For Her Own Freedom
Zuğurli, an ardent feminist, hopes her new position as mayor will help elevate the status of women in her district, as well as in the rest of Turkey. In many of the districts public positions, there is practically no female participation. Unfortunately, A Diyarbakır court sentenced Rezan Zuğurli on May 7th 2014 to four years and two months in prison for supposedly participating in illegal rallies and promoting outlawed terrorist organization - The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). She is currently challenging this court decision.
Guelta d'Archei - Secret World of the Sahara Desert
Guelta d'Archei is a prime example of the meaning of an oasis, referred to as a guelta, in the heart of the Sahara Desert in north-eastern Chad, south-east of the town of Fada. A guelta is a peculiar type of wetland, typical of very arid desert regions, formed when underground water in lowland depressions rises to the surface and creates permanent pools. Guelta d'Archei is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, hidden behind a canyon. Its waters sheltered by the towering sandstone cliffs typical of this region. Hundreds of camels are constantly herded into the knee deep water of the guelta by passing caravans in order that they might drink and rest.
Black Waters - Nile Crocodiles
Excrement from thousands of camels over hundreds of years have turned the water black. Lurking in these black waters is a small group of surviving Nile crocodiles, a remnant of wetter times when this crocodile species once thrived across most of the Sahara desert and in swamps and rivers along south Mediterranean shorelines. Guelta d'Archei represents one of the last remaining colonies of the Nile crocodile known in the Sahara today. The crocodiles feed on fish that survive on the algae that thrive on the waters fertilized by camel dung.
Remains dating from the Middle Holocene period, as well as rock paintings, indicate that this species once thrived across most of today's Sahara Desert and in swamps and rivers along South Mediterranean shores. These rock paintings stand testament to the antiquity of the location. Not an easy place to get to - it requires a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle and at least four days of travel from n'Djamena, the capital of Chad and from there a few more hours of hiking.
Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power
Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique
nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of
the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...
These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...
From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...
Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women
Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and
business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.
When it comes to being on the front lines amidst the unrest that has been reshaping countries around the world, it is now women who are placing themselves at risk to bring news to the rest of us about not only the conflicts that mainstream media reports, but often to expose corruption and abuses that might well never surface if it wasn't for these women on the ground in these locations bringing these misdeeds to the attention of a worldwide audience. The women above are three - one from Tunis, one from London, and one from Cairo that played integral roles in bringing the world's attention to injustice.
Prominent Womens Groups - Women Around the World
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Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.
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Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.
The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.
The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.
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