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Ruth Messinger at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative

CGI_Annual_Meeting_2013Last week, AJWS President Ruth Messinger attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which annually convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This prestigious event draws heads of state from around the world, along with Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of major philanthropists and heads of foundations and NGOs.

Ruth, pictured to the right with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reflected on her experience at this year’s event:

“The Clinton Global Initiative offers one highlight after another.  This year, there were some spectacular panels on the status of women and girls, on the challenges of land grabbing and on the importance of turning our beliefs and values into action.  As always, though, the most fun was simply in the opportunity to make new connections and work collaboratively with others.”

Attending CGI is a valuable opportunity for AJWS and our partners, allowing us to deepen our relationships with activists and policymakers in pursuit of global justice. We are grateful to CGI and its visionary leadership. Learn more about CGI here.

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The Global Giggle: Ryan Gosling’s Love for International Development (and My Love for Ryan Gosling)

This is the first installment of “The Global Giggle,” a series of posts that capture the funny side of global justice… because we can’t be serious all the time. Right?

For those of us who work in the field of international development, sometimes the problems can seem so huge and so insurmountable that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we just need to remember to laugh a little, and not take ourselves too seriously. I was recently reminded of this by none other than… Ryan Gosling. (My favorite: “Hey Girl. Your love is like subsistence agriculture. You’re all I need to survive.”)

For all the jargon and technicality that pervades international development work, it is sometimes important to remember that, in the end, our success depends on building respectful and trustworthy relationships. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my husband’s sake), it’ll never depend on my relationship with Ryan Gosling.

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