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Afghanistan Withdrawal Puts Women And Girls Programs At Risk

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by Amanda Terkel As coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, it will be increasingly difficult to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars intended for reconstruction projects in the country aren’t being wasted. And according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the lead watchdog for this effort, programs affecting women and girls are likely to [...]


Inside This Issue of Silke Endress, 25 Influential Women and Men of 2013

Secrets of Success

Sandie Okoro is the general counsel for HSBC asset management. She became president of the International Lawyers of Africa at the beginning of 2014 and was named the sixth most influential black person in England in the 2013 Powerlist

Women workers at all levels face barriers to advancement when it comes to pay and promotions. Working women make just 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn and tend to be clustered in sectors that pay less than those dominated by men

21 women now lead Fortune 500 companies, with millions more women buying the products and services those companies produce; and Janet Yellen is the first woman to be nominated as chair of the Federal Reserve Board

On average, women still don’t earn as much as men, and that’s just as true at the top. While the pay gap persists even at the highest echelons, the top-paid female CEOs still clear more than $10 million a year

There are 126 million female entrepreneurs starting or running a new business in 67 countries. And 224 million women hold leadership positions worldwide, so clearly no two female entrepreneurs are alike

If you’re ready to grow, Open another location, Franchise your business, License your product, Form alliances, Diversify, Target other markets, Win government contract, Merge or acquire business, Expand globally, Go to Internet

Dr. Neil Parsan assumed the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and The United Mexican States and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the OAS in 2011

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

Women Rights Is Human Rights

Financial empowerment of women spurs economic growth within a country…which can lead to the country becoming more stable, reducing poverty, and becoming a bigger player in the global market.

No one could accuse Berta Cáceres of being faint-hearted. The leading Honduran indigenous activist has endured multiple threats, systematic judicial harassment and smear campaigns because of her efforts

Microsoft has announced the appointment of Otema Yirenkyi as the company’s first country manager for Ghana. As the company shifts its global focus to a devices and services offering, Microsoft’s critical investment markets in Africa

Malala Yousafzai has been part of the public consciousness, since shot in the head by Taliban forces in Pakistan for her continuing insistence on speaking out in support of education for women she faced a long uphill battle to recovery

Photojournalist Hazel Thompson work outlines the global problem for human trafficking and sex-trafficking has been suffering in Kamathipura

Men of Silke Endress

Magic's decision to endorse OraQuick, the first FDA-approved home HIV test, comes from what he knows personally about the factors endangering at-risk African American and Hispanic communities.

"I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century." ~Hillary Clinton
"I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important." ~Madeleine Albright

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Five women made history as they took their seats at a meeting of NATO defense ministers.

Earthen Symphony, decorative art and design studio in Bangalore, India where Madhu uses her unique sense of style offers our customers eclectic affordable products

Carlo, CEO of Loja das Velas, Brazil manufacture distribute an array of decorative candles on a wholesale basis, also supply restaurants and hotels directly

“When you – as a small business – export, you strengthen our economy back here at home and help create real jobs for real people.” –Cory Simkek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MO

Successful selling isn’t about what you want, it is about how can you best serve the needs of your customers and clients.

The seventh elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, he has championed early childhood education issues and established the Children and Families Council, and pushed for economic diversification of the four islands

Women In Politics

So when we see these women raise their voices and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power.

Decor Le Home

The LINEATRE creation is notable for its classic and original style, quality of materials, refined workmanship, made with traditional techniques and of considerable value

Sophisticated Intentions

Deola Sagoe is an haute couture fashion designer from Nigeria who frequently exhibits her couture collection at Cape Town Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week


Blue Water Grill, award-winning restaurant delivers top seafood, sushi, jazz and has served as Sex and the City’s hot spot for almost two decades

Success by Design

Australia’s first female leader Julia Gillard speaks out against the “glossed over” sexism of her tenure, criticism on her style of dress and haircut

A Women’s Health

One woman dies every minute from heart disease, the “silent killer” once considered a “man’s disease” causes a great concern for has no symptoms