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Elected Woman Leader Fights For Community Funding

B. Rani Devaraj works with economically disadvantaged communities to create better learning environments and improve local sanitation.

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Bolivia: ACLO Forges Ahead in Strengthening Indigenous Leadership

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). Despite ongoing social unrest and periods of violence, ACLO forges ahead in its programmatic achievements, including the completion of the first cycle of a three-year project to create a cadre of rural and indigenous leaders with advanced skills.

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Local Animator Starts Informal Education Program

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Shilpi Akter created an informal education program for 50 women and men. They have learned to read and regularly discuss gender-related issues in the community.

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Widow Utilizes Microfinance Program to Care for Her Family

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Through the African Woman Food Farmer Initiative, Messe Chauque has increased farm production and now earns enough money to send her children to school.

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India: Building Capacity of Elected Women and Establishing New Partnerships

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). Seven new donor partnerships have been put in place ushering in a total of US$1 million. Multiple Trainings of Trainers, Women's Leadership Workshops and media workshops all worked toward country goals.

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Woman Farmer's Success Inspires Others

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Through the African Woman Food Farmer Initiative, Mrs. Juliet Ketehoundje of Benin has become a dynamic leader.

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Malawi: Significant Progress in HIV/AIDS Awareness, Food Security and Access to Basic Health Services

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). In the reporting period, over 300 metric tons of food was stored in epicenter food banks, ensuring food security. A total of 27,711 female condoms have been distributed, along with voluntary counseling and testing services, contributing to HIV/AIDS awareness.

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Bangladesh: Trained Volunteer Leaders Initiate Change in Their Communities

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). A survey given in 30 unions sheds light on socioeconomic conditions of many people. Training and workshops helped increase awareness of prevention of early marriage, dowry and violence against women and also fostered grassroots leadership among women.

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Burkina Faso: Substantial Accomplishments in Crop Yields and Educational Programs

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). Emphasis on food security, health and education has created extensive progress. Crop yields have increased by 40 percent, over four thousand women and men have been educated in preventative health and 115 literacy centers were opened.

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Peru: Empowering Indigenous Women to Protect Their Rights

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Update to the Global Board (October 2008). Despite the many challenges they faced in 2008, Chirapaq achieved significant advances in empowering indigenous women to be willing and able to protect their individual and collective rights through training, communication and collective action.

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