President's  Corner

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    From Susanne's Desk: Every two minutes…
    …a woman dies in childbirth. This roughly equates to the crash of two fully booked Jumbo Jets. Only that the plane crashes will make it to the news, but not the dead women or the families they leave behind. 
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    Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

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    Jordan Site Visit Day Four: What empowerment means
    Nabeela is respected by the women at the Oasis 3 center and can teach many others how to weave. At home, in Syria, she hardly left the house and was completely dependent on her husband. It was in Za’atari, a camp that hosts 80,000 refugees, that she learned how to weave. What is even more remarkable, she has become the one who, today, actually takes the lead in her family.
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    Jordan Site Visit Day Three: Building resilience
    We all lived a very emotional moment today: a victim of domestic violence broke down in tears as she shared her experience with us. Almost everyone else cried with her. Today, she receives training and money at the Taibeh Community Center and finds consolation in the collaboration and interaction with her Jordanian and Syrian co-students.
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    Jordan Site Visit Day Two: "Nobody must interfere with my life anymore"
    When she turned to an Islamic center for help, Fatimah, a Syrian refugee woman, was asked to wear a long coat. She suddenly realized that, after being on her own in the Jordanian host community, she wanted to manage her life independently. 
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    Jordan Site Visit Day One: Hand in Hand Works

    It is not only about learning to tailor to make a living. That is our take away from Day One of the field visit to our project with UN Women in Jordan. The Jordanian and Syrian women we met at the community center in Muwaggar near Amman empower themselves by supporting each other: They share their dreams and experience camaraderie.

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    Not-So-Well-Known Facts About Another Centennial
    What was achieved in June 1919 with the 19th Amendment passing the U.S. Congress was obviously a big success, but female suffrage remained a controversial cause until it was officially ratified in August 1920. 
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