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Host: Scott LaMar

Radio Smart Talk: Challenges facing women in developing countries

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 16, 2012 8:55 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, November 16:

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Women comprise 70% of the world's poorest people and own only 1% of the titled land, according to the United Nations.  One-fifth of all primary-school age girls globally do not attend school.  Women who are 15 to 45 years of age are more likely to be maimed or die from the violent act of a man than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.

Those discouraging statistics are from the film Half the Sky -- Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which will be broadcast on WITF-TV Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m.

Friday's Radio Smart Talk will address the challenges women around the world -- especially in developing countries -- face.  The topics include education and economic empowerment, maternal mortality, and forced prostituion.

Joining us to discuss what can be done to improve the lives of women and girls will be Patricia Gadsden, Founder and President of the organization Life Esteem and Ho Thanh Nguyen, founder of the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women's Network. 


Ho Thanh Nguyen is the founder of the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women's Network.


Patricia Gadsden is the founder and president of Life Esteem, a personal life coaching firm.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-16 09:55

    E-mail from Michael:

    "These woman on your show are absolutely correct, education is the key. Education not just for women but for the men, these men in developing countries have such twisted ideology. The twisted ideology was derived from animal instinct, religion and environment throughout history. Men and women have lived this way for tens of thousands of years. This will take many many years to change, just as it has for the United States and Europe. In our recent presidential campaigns, we have had issues with women’s rights."