As women, one thing that we all seem to share is the desire to make the world a better place. Some of us do so by raising our kids to become caring and compassionate adults. Some of us volunteer in our local communities. Some of us do our part to create a better world by choosing careers in teaching, counseling, or other "helping" professions.
The world is no doubt a better place as a result. But in so many parts of our world, the valuable contributions that could be made by women are inhibited. Women and girls are too often oppressed, abused or ignored and their power is just another wasted resource. But there are efforts, both large and small, to change that.
March 8th was International Women's Day - a day designed to celebrate women's economic, social and political achievements and to also build awareness of both the obstacles and the opportunities for sharing in those achievements.
Last night, many theaters had a special showing of "A Powerful Noise." The film documented the efforts of three women who have, against all the odds, succeeded in championing a cause near and dear to their hearts.
We met Hanh who learned that she had contracted HIV after her husband and daughter died from AIDS. Bouncing