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Funny photography

I was giggling to myself moments ago about how bad at photography I am (MJ can vouch for recent bouts of unwarranted giggling), and then I found this picture which isn’t so bad.

I took it this morning when I was visiting one of the Balai Inong (a traditional women’s space) that we’ve built. You can’t see the detail all that well when the photo is this small, but I think it gives a sense of the landscape in the part of Banda Aceh where the tsunami hit the worst.

In the water up front, next to the road I was standing on, you can make out the mangroves that presumably were once very thick. They are slowly reclaiming the water. In the background you can see the tsunami houses lined up in rows. You can almost imagine what this area might have looked like before the tsunami.

After taking this photo I turned 180 degrees and saw this:

And for good measure, here is a picture of the building we built. I think it’s very pretty.

Everybody’s doing it….

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Catherine Deneuve, Hillary Swank and Sir Bob Geldof have added their names…

If that isn’t the most compelling reason to add your name to UNIFEM’s Say No to Violence Against Women campaign, then I AM STUMPED!

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Did you know that we’re in the middle of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence? It’s true!

From 25 November to 10 December people all over the world are saying no to violence against women…and you can too! (I knew you’d be pleased.)

UNIFEM has just launched a “virtual” book that you can sign at:


If that wasn’t enough excellent news in itself, when you sign the book Nicole Kidman will send you an email! She is busily tapping away at her computer composing email after email (over 11,000 so far). The poor dear must be rather tired, but hell, she needs to learn what real work is all about for a change.

So make Nicole work a little bit harder and sign the book now!