Reflections from an Aspiring Balabusta

By Maureen Greenwood-Basken
March 8, 2012

I knew I had reached an important milestone in my mother’s eyes about six years ago when I was preparing the Passover seder meal and she called me a balabusta. According to my mother, this is a Yiddish expression that means being a good homemaker, the family glue, or the one that holds everything together.

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What We’re Reading

By Maureen McNally
March 8, 2012

Busy week? Don’t worry, Global Connections is here to keep you updated on world news. Check out some of our favorite stories from this week. If you notice something we missed, leave a comment below so we can add it. Happy Reading!

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Power of a Mom

By Amy DiElsi
March 6, 2012

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the UN Foundation is asking you – our supporters – to share with us a woman who inspires you. Many people have responded that their mothers inspire them most. This makes perfect sense to me because our moms are often our first bosses, role models, and friends.

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Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

By Kathy Calvin
March 5, 2012

On March 8, we will observe the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates the political, economic, and social contributions women have made to the world. This is an important day for the United Nations Foundation because improving women’s health is one of our main priorities. This day brings the issues facing women and girls around the world to center stage and gives us the opportunity to develop partnerships and innovative solutions to help the UN address these issues.

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Can Four Cute Baby Bottoms Start a Global Revolution?

By Chrysula Winegar
March 3, 2012

I recently watched the documentary “Babies”. It’s an enthralling, wordless journey of the first year of four babies’ lives. One in Mongolia, one in Tokyo, one in San Francisco and one in Namibia in the Kalahari desert.

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A Week of Celebrations

By Maureen McNally
March 2, 2012

This week has been a week full of celebrations — from milestones to birthday’s. We started the week off with Leap Year, celebrated a milestone on Wednesday when the World Health Organization officially removed India from the polio endemic list, and ended the week with the birthday celebration for the VP of Public Affairs, Aaron Sherinian. As the week wraps up, we can look back at our daily photos of the day and realize that all in all, it was a week worth leaping in excitement for!

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Polio: One down, three to go

By Eric Porterfield
March 1, 2012

Today, polio is one step closer to being a page in our children’s history books. The World Health Organization has officially removed India from the polio endemic list, leaving only Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. On January 13, we marked the one-year anniversary of no new cases of polio in India. This is major milestone for the country, which had the highest number of polio cases in 2009.

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Leap Into Action This Leap Year

By Maureen McNally
February 29, 2012

2012 is a leap year. This means we have an “extra” day to support the work of the United Nations to create a better world. Day after day, UN agencies leap into action, playing a key role in solving the most challenging global problems. Check out the great work the UN does every single day to create a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world for everyone!Tell us what you’re doing today to support the UN.

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What We’re Reading

By Eric Porterfield
February 29, 2012

We all have a lot of things going on these days so it is easy to miss some of the best reads of the week. Global Connections will be blogging about the top articles of the week each Wednesday in our “What We’re Reading” blog post, so subscribe to our blogs, and check back often for updates! Did we miss your favorite article? Tell us in the comments below and we will add it.

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One (extra)ordinary girl’s story

By Andrea Austin
February 28, 2012

Yesterday I went up to New York to film Kumbukani – or Kumba, as her friends call her – a Girl Guide from Malawi who came to attend the Commission on the Status of Women.

When I saw her she appeared…well, ordinary.

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