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The Art of Building Relationships

The Art of Building Relationships

An event devoted to networking can be daunting – particularly initiating conversation with strangers, which I dread. But about to enter the work force, I knew I needed the practice. At the Hilton Stadtpark on a recent Monday evening, the meeting room bubbled with the lively conversation of some 100 women, all here for one […]

11 Women & Their Wines

11 Women & Their Wines

I will side-step the many clichés in introducing a piece on women in wine – overalls and calloused hands are not key – and go straight to setting a scene: It was at last year’s VieVinum wine exhibition at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, where throngs of winemakers were cramped, shoulder-to-shoulder, into every marbled nook […]

Vienna Circle: UN Women’s Guild

Charity work is a choice to give personal time for the benefit of others. But for the members of the United Nations Women’s Guild, helping the needy is just one positive factor.  Through the organisation, members learn language and practical skills that help them to adapt to life in a foreign country. In 1948 the […]

Women & Literacy

Though global illiteracy rates are falling, about one in every six adults still cannot read or write. Despite progress made since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, the majority of illiterate adults – two out of three – are women. These numbers are troubling: There are one billion illiterate adults in the world, and […]

Taliban Return

Afghan women have always lived under the threat of violence, regardless of which regime was in control of the country. But under the Taliban, they became the targets of a particular kind of aggression. In effect, a war was declared directly on Afghani women.  Their expulsion from public spaces was a cornerstone of the regime’s […]

Are Women Finally Equal?

Are Women Finally Equal?

Angela Merkel is Chancellor of Germany, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is President of Liberia, Ursula Plassnik is Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, Shirin Ebadi is a successful lawyer and human rights activist in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Meg Whitman is President of eBay, South African novelist Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize. Are […]

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