Friday, 21 January 2011

Women Supporting Women


From the blog of Women for Women International, an organization I work hard to support:

You can change the world: Donna Thomson’s book reading in show of support for women
January 21, 2011 by Julie Tomlin

Activist Donna Thomson, who is a member of Women for Women International’s Leadership Circle, gave an exclusive reading of her new book The Four Walls Of My Freedom for special guests this week.
After the reading at Sotheby’s, in London’s Bond Street, there was a discussion with the audience, which was made up of invited guests of Women for Women International UK.
Her book is the result of three years of research into how the work of Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum and other economists and philosophers can shape our thinking about distributive justice for those who give or receive care.
Women for Women International bases its programmes on similar thinking to that of Amartya Sen’s capability approach, encouraging women to make their own choices in the way they build and value their lives and prioritising the giving and receiving of care from sister to sister across the world.
Born and educated in Montreal, Donna began her career as an actor, director and teacher, but when her son Nicholas was born with severe disabilities in 1988, she embarked on her second career as a disability activist.
When she moved to London in 2006 with her husband James Wright, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, Donna became interested in the ways in which innovation within the development sector could inform policy making for disability in Canada and the UK. She is also committed to issues related to development, women and the effects of conflict on families.
Donna will also be speaking at the third Annual London School of Economics Literary Festival on Saturday 19 February.
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