Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the political, economic and social implications of the rise of women power players in Africa. Listen now. Micheline Ravololonarisoa, Lynn Sherr and Aili Mari Tripp joined the conversation.
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For a 14-year period ending in 2003, Liberia struggled with a brutal civil war, a crippled economy and not much hope. That was until a women's movement started to take hold -- a movement that helped to drive a dictator from power and gave women the kind of opportunities they could never have dreamed of.
Liberia, a small country in West Africa, has long and deep ties to America. The country, which became infamous in recent years for a bloody civil war, was settled by freed American slaves. Now, Liberia is trying to shape an identity it can call its own.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to Liberia, discusses the positive example set by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and some of the challenges faced by a country rebuilding since the aftermath of its second civil war.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leading Liberia's efforts to rebuild after its 14-year civil war. Watch a video on her role in the country's road to recovery and an extended interview.
Worldfocus correspondent Lynn Sherr is in Monrovia, Liberia, reporting on how the country is faring following its long civil war. She writes about attending the lively International Colloquium on Women.
About half the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today may disappear by the end of this century, many of them from indigenous cultures. Mexico is attempting to preserve the past by speaking ancient languages in the present tense.
For years now, immigration into the United States from Mexico has been a huge issue in American politics. But Mexico is facing similar problems on its southern border, as Central Americans in search of higher-paying work pour into the country.
Some Americans might not associate business with Nicaragua at all, as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega first came to power a generation ago with a militant anti-American message. But times change, and Nicaragua is now promoting itself as a business-friendly country.