Friday, December 01, 2006

And now....Liberia!

Friday, Nov. 30,2006

If you were listening closely during my program with Swanee Hunt on Nov. 20, you might have heard her say, "I'm going to Liberia with some women in a couple of weeks...would you like to come?"

Well, acting on the premise that the postman only knocks once, I'm flying to Brussels on Dec. 7 and from there on to Monrovia via Dakar. Yikes.

I will be with a delegation of some 27 women, a number of them from WAPP, Swanee's Women and Public Policy Center at The Kennedy School. We will be meeting with Liberia's new president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as the women in the market who got her elected. I like that span. Ms. President happens to be a UW-alum, which is just nifty. While there we will also visit a UN refugee camp and travel by helicopter in-country to a community center that's entirely women-run. Now, would you say no?

I'll tell you all about it when I get back on Dec. 18.

Thanks for reading this. It would be very encouraging to see a few messages posted when I check again. I promise I'll figure out how to write back.



Gina said...

I can't wait to hear your impressions after this trip. I can imagine this being life-altering in many ways. Especially for you, judging from your reactions to your trip to China. If you became a vegetarian after visiting the markets in China, what will you do after visiting a UN refugee camp in Liberia!
Please make sure you also take picture!

Madison Guy said...

Listened to your poetry program the afternoon of the Solstice as I drove home from work in the afternoon. (The wood were lovely, dark and snowless, and I did not stop...) Later we discussed it as we celebrated the Solstice by braving the drizzle to make an ice lantern by the side of a dark and thawing lake. With link to Library of Congress handwritten manuscript of “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”