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Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Ali Hewson

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The woman behind Edun, the African fair trade fashion label, talks business, Bono and the Irish presidency

You’ve just launched the new capsule collection from your clothes label Edun, this time in collaboration with Diesel, at Paris fashion week. How did it go?

We held a great party, with various young artists and musicians from Africa, and Solange Knowles agreed to play a few numbers. It’s a small collection, so we had an event rather than a show. For this collection we’ve brought together a range of young African creative talents – designers, photographers, musicians – from across the continent, under the heading Studio Africa. I really feel that what Africa is going to do creatively in the next 20 years is going to blow our minds. We just wanted to harness some of that energy.

Edun was founded by Bono and yourself in 2005 as a for-profit fashion brand to promote fair trade in Africa. Has it been a steep learning curve?

It has. The fashion business is tough. The calendar is relentless. We have a mission, as you say, but our priority as a fashion label is to deliver the most beautiful clothes we can on time. Until now it’s been hard to reach the volume we want, but with Diesel on board, we can expand.

How big do you want Edun to grow?

Well, for example, we currently have 8,500 farmers in northern Uganda supplying our cotton, and we’re aiming to have 10,000 next season. Our mission is to drive trade, but we have got to walk before we run. So far we are in Kenya, Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda and Madagascar. And there’s talk of a new factory in Ethiopia. I’d love to go to Senegal and Mali, but it has to make business sense. We’re pioneers and we want to show that this model works, that it can become self-sustaining, but we want to do it in a clever way. Hence the collaborations, the limited-edition pieces. It has been tough, and I think it’s fair to say that we were a little naive about the challenges at the start. We’re not making money yet, but we’ve survived a recession. We’re still in the game and growing. It’s a long-term commitment.

Bono is so associated with Africa as a cause, and he also happens to be your husband. Does that ever make for a tricky working relationship?

No, not at all. As you may have noticed, Bono tends to work on the macro level. One of the reasons we originally wanted to do Edun was to see how all these big policies worked on the ground. So, really, we feed off each other. He’s like a sounding board for us. It’s amazing to have his input and his influence, and he’s great at staying out of the day-to-day stuff. Plus, he has so much else going on. But, no, we don’t fight about anything to do with the running of Edun – we’re on the same page on that one at least!

What’s life like when he and U2 gear up for an album and a tour, as they’re doing now?

Well, in a way I think life actually gets easier for him when he’s just working with U2. He can completely focus on the music, which he does 100%. He gets to immerse himself in a day job that he loves. He gets to hang out with the lads. It’s all good.

And they’re in the studio now?

They’re well down the road on the new album and it sounds good. That’s all I’m saying.

You studied politics at university, didn’t you?

Yes, I got that from my dad.

Jordan, your oldest daughter, seems to be following in your footsteps.

Yes, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in politics and French, and she’s working with a poverty action group at the moment.

Your second daughter, Eve, is an actress. [She starred in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place in 2011 alongside Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.] How do you feel about her career choice?

Oh, I just reckoned that by the law of averages we’d have to lose one to the entertainment industry. I suppose, if I was honest, it’s not where you want your kids to go, because it’s such a precarious place. And it can be kind of lonely too. So you worry about them. But I’m sure if you’d asked Bono’s parents what they thought about his career choice back in the day, they would have said the same thing. But she has a certain charisma and she is passionate. And, you know, I’ve seen that before.

Can I clear up a lingering rumour? Is it true that you were approached in 2008 to stand for the Irish presidency?

No! That was one of those press stories in Ireland that came out of nowhere. It must have been a really slow day for news. I mean, I’d have to learn Irish. [Laughs] And Bono would have to walk behind me.

Read More:  http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2013/mar/17/ali-hewson-edun-fashion-interview

Believe: How Believing In Yourself Can Save Your Life

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It’s the moments when we’re forced to face our mortality and question everything we believe in that truly shape us.

By Nicole Hess

 

Believe in Yourself

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or an unwelcome diagnosis, obstacles such as these force us to appreciate all that we have, and gain a deeper understanding of our minds and bodies. For some people, the road to physical and mental recovery can be a winding and complicated path.

Fortunately, the transformative power of overcoming a difficult situation or life-threatening illness often yields a positive outcome. For these young women profiled, their diseases only empowered them to never give up. By tackling their illnesses head on and refusing to succumb to their pain, they learned to beat the odds and appreciated what they have, rather than focusing on what they don’t, and most of all, they learned to trust in themselves. For Isabella, Catherine, Ashley, Virginia, and Jessie, relying on their gut instincts saved their lives, and by bravely sharing their personal stories, they hope to inspire others to do the same.

Read more: Women Who Have Overcome Disease – Women’s Health – Marie Claire

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Women’s News: NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable Stands with Michigan Workers in their Fight Against Anti-Worker Legislation Recently Passed in Michigan

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable issued the following comments in support of Michigan workers and families currently under attack by politicians determined to revoke workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively:

“The Black Women’s Roundtable stands in solidarity with our Michigan Black Women’s Roundtable leaders, working families, labor, faith and all communities of conscience, in their fight for the rights of workers to organize as an American value in the state of Michigan and across the country, said Melanie L. Campbell, convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and president and CEO of NCBCP adds, “Strong unions result in better jobs, a stronger economy, and a healthier community. The assault on Michigan’s working families will drive wages down and increase the income gap, especially for women, young workers and people of color.”

Danielle Atkinson, convener of Detroit Black Women’s Roundtable and executive director, Mothering Justice adds, “This issue is about having a voice in the workplace so we can take care of our families at home. We stand united in the effort to stop these divisive attacks on hardworking American’s who are not asking for handouts, we are merely trying to make a livable wage that enables us to provide a decent living for our family.”

“We will continue to stand united with Michigan working families and the coalition of labor, faith, and progressive groups fighting against the assault on the American middle class,” adds Stephanie Bell, convener, Kalamazoo MI Black Women’s Roundtable. “This type of legislation in Michigan of all places – the birthplace of the American labor movement – will have far-reaching ramifications across the country. We urge the American public to show your support by calling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and urge him to veto the “Right-to-Work” law.”

The NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable comprises an intergenerational membership of Black women civic leaders of international, national, regional and state-based organizations and institutions that works collectively to advance policies and strategic initiatives that help to improve the lives of underserved women and girls.

Follow @WeAreMichigan on Twitter for live updates Tweet using the hashtag #savemi

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/11/5047618/ncbcp-black-womens-roundtable.html#storylink=cpy

 

Women’s News: Men Feel Threatened By Successful Girlfriends, Confirming What We Hoped Wasn’t True

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A scientific study has confirmed something many of us hoped wasn’t true — that men feel threatened by their female partners’ success.

Psychologists Kate Ratliff from the University of Florida and Shigehiro Oishi from the University of Virginia conducted five different experiments with 896 participants overall to see how the men in heterosexual relationships were affected by their female partner’s successes. The results are detailed in a paper published in the August 2013 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology — and it’s not pretty.

In one of the experiments, researchers asked 32 different couples to take a test that supposedly measured their intelligence. The tests were not actually graded, but each participant was told that their partner scored in either the top 12 percent or bottom 12 percent of all university students. Men whose partners allegedly scored in the top 12 percent scored lower on an implicit self-esteem test than those with partners who allegedly scored in the bottom 12 percent. In other words, when men’s female partners were shown to have high intelligence, the men felt worse about themselves.

For the final two experiments, researchers recruited 657 participants to take an online test. The 284 male participants were asked to recall a time when their partner was successful in a specific area, for example intellectually or socially. They then took an implicit self-esteem test. The results showed that regardless or the type of success a woman had, their male partners felt bad after thinking about said accomplishments. This was especially true when their partner had succeeded in an area where the respondent had failed.

“It makes sense that a man might feel threatened if his girlfriend outperforms him in something they’re doing together, such as trying to lose weight,” Ratliff said in a press release. “But this research found evidence that men automatically interpret a partner’s success as their own failure, even when they’re not in direct competition.”

According to Men’s Health, this insecurity stems from the fact that “males are more likely to interpret ‘my partner is successful’ as ‘my partner is more successful than me.'” Laura Tedesco suggests that men respond to news of their girlfriend or wife’s success with a good attitude instead of seeing it as an affront to their own accomplishments. “Go ahead, bask in your own private victory,” wrote Tedesco. “You’ve managed to snag a driven, capable woman. We call that success.”

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/successful-girlfriend-men-threatened_n_3838295.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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