Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Women in Developing Countries

I recently found a wonderful show on PBS called WorldFocus. It is a nightly news program with in-depth coverage each night on a different international theme. I tuned in on March 30th and there was a program focusing on the struggles and achievements of women in developing countries. They spotlighted a number of interesting stories.

The program reported on Liberia’s fight to eradicate a rape epidemic since the country’s bloody civil war. They also had an amazing piece on the post-genocide composition of the Rwandan parliament. As a strategy to heal the country, there had been efforts to get more women in government, but the efforts were much more successful than anyone had ever imagined. Rwanda’s parliament now has a larger percentage of women than in any other governmental body in the whole world.

The entire episode of WorldFocus can be watched if you use the link below.


Unfortunately, as I was searching for the link to prepare this blog post, I learned that this terrific show was recently canceled. It was apparently on the air for just 18 months. This is really demoralizing. I watched it several times in what was apparently its last month on the air. It was much more informative than other American news programs. I assume it was pretty expensive to send journalists out to research stories around the globe, and not just to pay talking heads to gab in a television studio.

Mark 4:24

Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.”

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