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International Women’s Day 2012

One of the things that connects parents everywhere is the desire to give our kids the best.  Where it seems to fall apart, on so many levels, is how each of us chooses to define that.

Does it translate into such pressure to get into name schools that we create conditions for cheating scandals in affluent areas?  Or powerful entertainment icons feeling entitled to bully and demean those with a different point of view?  Or is it something as basic as being able to provide enough emergency food and clean water so that children survive childhood?  Freedom from violence whether at home, at school or on the street?

The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty.” The official commemoration for the day will be held at UN Headquarters, New York, from 10:00-12:00 EST. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver opening remarks. The full event will be webcast live.

Here’s the link to watch it live

The day is young yet I’ve already seen some pretty polarizing “Oh yeah… you think YOU’VE got it bad” discussions.  I think that’s sad.  And pretty silly.  But I’m the fool who still believes that a culture that protects the vulnerable, meets basic survival needs and opens the door to equal opportunity and choices for all has got to be good for everyone.

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