Posts tagged with the category Diversity
Gender Equality: Celebrating Our Differences, Embracing Our Humanity
Last year, my daughter, now 9, asked me to explain the meaning of “gender equality.” As I explained the meaning of this phrase she had encountered while reading a paper that I was writing, she asked me yet another question: “so why aren’t things this way, mommy?” My daughter was surprised and could not fathom the idea...
Political Leadership, Human Rights, and Activism: What Is the Connection?
Today the world celebrates the International Day of Human Rights, and lately I have been reflecting on conversations that I have been engaged in where the topics of leadership, human rights, and activism become points of curiosity for me. In late November, I attended the fourth annual African Women and Political Leadership conference in Lilongwe,...
The Elders' Speak: Give Girls the Chance to Make a Choice
This Thursday, October 11th, marks the first International Day of the Girl Child, a global day of observance declared by the U.N. One might ask why have a day that observes the girl child and not the boy child or all children? There has been talk in certain circles that, with all of the past and current girls’ and womens' ...
"I’m Spiritual, But Not Religious"
I’m spiritual, but not religious. I say that quite often and it's also something I hear quite often, typically when I'm getting to know a new friend or an acquaintance and the topic turns to spirituality, meaning-making, defining a sense of purpose, or just pondering the mysteries of a vast and mysterious universe. Whether it's...
The Evolution of Humanistic Corporations
I was working at one of our office sites last month and found myself needing a Phillips-head screwdriver. Not surprisingly, no one in our office had a screwdriver. I thought about it for a while and decided to visit a neighboring business that I had never before interacted with. So I knocked on their door, introduced myself as their neighbor, and...
How Interaction Shapes Our Worldviews and Political Affiliations
It's so easy to become frustrated, disillusioned, and even apathetic to our current state of affairs in our political process. It appears that no one is happy—republican, democrat, or independent. I submit that in shedding our political affiliations, we are individualistic, conservative, modernistic, post-modernistic, and integrative....
Women and Systems
I attended the International Society for the Systems Sciences (or ISSS) conference this summer in San Jose, California, and I was fortunate to share the experience with a dear group of students and collaborators. I have been part of ISSS since 1999 and this scholarly community has been part of my “intellectual family.” Each year, in...
Child Marriage: The Real Killer of Adolescent Girls and Infants in Africa
As I listened to the afternoon newscast on my way home a few weeks ago, I thought I had misunderstood what the broadcaster said on a story about a "Save the Children" report that childbirth is the number one killer of teenage girls in Africa between the ages of 15 and 19. I was further shocked when the broadcaster said that this trend is...
Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 2)
In my previous post, I noted Martha Nussbaum’s argument that "our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our basic human needs for dignity and self-respect." There was also a high-level insight into her proposition for an "alternative model to assess human development: the capabilities approach,...
Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 1)
The United Nations Development Programme (or UNDP) published its first human development report addressing African issues in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. The Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future asserts, "If countries in sub-Saharan Africa are to realize their potential, they will need to overcome the...
Seeking Justice, Lives Worthy of Human Dignity: A Child’s Dignity Violated, A Woman Scorned (Part II)
In this post, I will continue my story about a 25-year-old Kenyan woman who I have named "Mrembo" for the sake of this writing. Mrembo managed to escape the deeply violating, humiliating, dehumanizing, cruel, degrading and traumatic experiences at the hands of her former husband of seven years—a man whom she had married after he...
Seeking Justice, Lives Worthy of Human Dignity: A Child’s Dignity Violated, A Woman Scorned (Part I)
As life’s great moments continue to unfold, I experienced some rather intense moments last week that culminated in attempts of mindful and critical reflection, an exercise that started out really well. And, as I gave my thoughts permission to wander and flow yonder, like a little bird perched on a branch basking and absorbing the warmth of...
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