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Democracy in Development: Remarkable Women of 2012

by Isobel Coleman
December 21, 2012

The President of Malawi Joyce Banda arrives for a lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth nations at Marlborough House in central London, June 6, 2012 (Lefteris Pitarakis/Courtesy Reuters). The President of Malawi Joyce Banda arrives for a lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth nations at Marlborough House in central London, June 6, 2012 (Lefteris Pitarakis/Courtesy Reuters).

On my blog yesterday, I profiled several women who made headlines this year with their courageous stories. One of them is Malawi’s president, Joyce Banda, who is working to put her country on a sustainable path to greater prosperity. As I note, Banda’s background is compelling:

With three young children, she left an abusive husband and launched a garment manufacturing business, which fostered her strong commitment to women’s economic empowerment. She then founded several business associations and groups devoted to boosting women’s economic and social status. All this came before Banda entered politics in 1999.

You can read the full stories of 2012′s remarkable women here.

 

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