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Todays guest is a lady who for many years has travelled the world reporting on the issues that affect women and girls across the globe.
Many of them being harrowing treatment, abuse, rape and unneeded suppression.
She is a Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author and has stepped into zones of conflict all over the world.
From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan, her eye witness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and the Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters.
Born in 1943 in Montreal, Quebec as a high school physical education teacher, she was involved in the inception of what would later become the magazine Canadian Living.
Whilst in 1988, she became the editor-in-chief of Homemakers magazine, a position she held until 1999.
But she is best known for her work as a journalist, where her principal focus being on on the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan during the extremist rule of the Taliban from 1996 to 2001 and during the country’s present efforts to rebuild itself.
Her bestseller, Veiled Threat (2002), shows her strong belief in the power of individuals to work together to create change.
As she says” There has been no good news, until now. There’s a shift happening – women are moving toward a tipping point. “Everyone – from presidents to pollsters and economists to policy wonks – are predicting that women are the way forward”
So how did she find herself stepping boldly away from Canada, and into areas that if we are to believe the news should be the last places a lady would want to go?
And does she see a time when she will slow down on the global focus, and become more local in her efforts?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Sally Armstrong.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
How technology is changing the world due to the ability of sharing news and allowing people to see what possibilities they possess and deserve.
How she often gets asked by people “what happened in your childhood to make you want to do what you do in life?” and can’t quite nail it.
How she feels doing her job is like sitting in the front row of history. And she is aware that accuracy of reporting is essential as a journalist.
How she got told by Hilary Clinton that anytime across the world there are 39 civil wars operating, and 31 of them are old wars that haven’t been resolved.
How Osama Bin Laden rose to power in his country and influenced so many fellow countrymen to follow and support him.
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