Hillary Clinton, Wellesley aiming to empower foreign women

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright at Wellesley College yesterday to open the first Women in Public Service Institute.

A group of young women from countries that have a history of repressing females got a pep talk yesterday from a former first lady who is now one of America’s top leaders.

“All over the world women still face obstacles to cultural and legal participation,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the women. “The world cannot miss out on the talents and contributions of half the population.”

Clinton spoke during the start of a two-week pilot program taking place at Wellesley College. The first Women in Public Service Institute is helping 50 women, mostly from Middle Eastern countries, network and learn new tools needed to continue being leaders in their country, organizers said.

Those tools are imperative,  institute organizers said, because women continue to be underrepresented. Clinton said that about 17 percent of those elected to Congress are women, which is lower than the 20 percent global average of women in parliamentary seats.

Madeleine Albright, a former secretary of state who, like Clinton, is a Wellesley alumna, is participating in the training sessions.

“When women participate in public service it strengthens democracy,” Albright said.

But both Clinton and Albright acknowledged that, despite the Arab Spring revolutions, it would be difficult for the women attending the institute to easily incorporate what they learn into the workings of their country’s government.

“There is no one model or path. Ultimately our … delegates will know best what to see and how to move forward in their own cities,” Albright said.

Naheed Ahmadi Farid, 27, the youngest member of the Afghanistan parliament, said she was satisfied with Clinton’s support of her country. However, she added that she is not completely confident that what she learns at the institute will make a difference in her country when foreign troops leave in a few years.

Farid said her country is plagued by corruption and rigged elections and that many of the institute’s participants live in countries where there is much violence against women.

The delegates

1. Jackcilia Salathiel Ebere Ginanan was appointed the state minister of labor, public service and human resource development of South Sudan in 2010. Last year she helped form the Women’s New Horizon community organization. Before that, when she was 18, she had to flee to Congo when fighting in her country reached close to her home. She was able to continue her education Uganda.

2. Hala Fahmi Jamal is a businesswoman involved in numerous community service associations in Bahrain. She serves as the chairwoman of On Island Tours, an American women’s association. Several organizations and leaders, including the minister of development, have recognized her work.

3. Naheed Ahmadi Farid is, at 27, the youngest member of Afghanistan’s parliament. She is seeking to form a new party that brings more unity and more female elected officials to the nation. Growing up under Taliban rule, she said the government burned her school during an attack on her city.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…