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Women Rising

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Women across the world rose in solidarity once more this International Women’s Day. This year the UN Women’s theme is ‘Empowering women, Empowering Humanity’. Improving health, education, work and peace in women’s lives benefits families, organisations and nations. This month, March 2015, marks twenty years since the first Beijing Women’s Conference and its global Declaration for Action. The…

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Imaging Isabella

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There’s a growing interest in discovering our past and the way we all are connected to extended families. Maybe the rapid change and uncertainty of current life increases our longing for roots in the past that aren’t going to shift. Perhaps the interest stems from the increase in knowledge about genetics and epigenetics, the links between nature and nurture, and…

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Girl Power

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Research shows that supporting the development of girls, through improving their education and health, has a long term ripple effect on the wellbeing of their families and communities. For a girl in poverty, even an extra year of schooling can boost her eventual income by 10 to 25% and education delays her age of marriage and number of…

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Reaching Tin River Again

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I’ve returned to Thea Astley’s 1990 book ‘Reaching Tin River,’ compelled to search my bookshelves for it after reading the opening of Julian Barnes’ book ‘The Sense of an Ending’. Both books begin with a list of images – possible openings – all later revealed as pivotal to their respective stories. Both lists startle, disorientate and lure the…

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Dancing Diva

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Dreams of dancing filled my childhood as pictures of ballerinas cluttered my walls.  In a large family there was no time for indulgences such as lessons.  But when a school friend and her grandmother took me to see Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev dance Giselle in 1964, I was entranced.  Standing my stocky ground, I finally convinced my…

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Half the Sky

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Last week was the one hundredth anniversary of the first International Women’s Day.  As a woman who has lived through six of these past ten decades, this women’s day led me to reflect on the changes in women’s roles I have seen throughout my life. The changes have meant that my life choices have been markedly different from…

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