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Supporting the advancement of women

The Journal talks with Nadia Niedzielska

From the March 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Within the broad spectrum of world cultures, women still are most likely to experience hunger and poverty. But more and more, women are advancing into wider spheres of activity where they have opportunities to improve their own lives and also to help others.

for an interview about the status of women in the world today, and she comes prepared. Clippings from The New York Times and the French magazine, L'Express. The text of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. A chapter from the Worldwatch Institute's recent "State of the World" report. Even a card from Solar Cookers International, an organization that promotes solar cooking in countries where fuel shortages undermine people's well-being. Clearly, this is a subject that's close to her heart.

Niedzielska first became interested in developing countries during the 1960s, when she traveled extensively in Africa as a freelance translator for the UN and other international organizations. Then, in 1971, she moved from her home in Geneva to work full time at UN headquarters in New York. It was during her 23 years there that her concern—and prayers—about the issues affecting women in the Third World increased.

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