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newdailybeast_logoFirst Ladies of The World, Unite! — October 18, 2013
Esha Chhabra, Contributor, The Daily Beast
Now, building off of the success of the African First Ladies Initiative, Neumann is getting ready to launch the Global First Ladies Alliance Leadership Fund in 2014, to expand the program to First Ladies in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. The Fund will encourage First Ladies to nominate other female leaders from their countries to be a part of a larger support group, to receive yearlong training and funding to address social struggles in their homelands.

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huff_logoFirst Ladies First — August 20, 2013
Cora Neumann, Guest Contributor, Huffington Post
Five years ago, I could have only dreamed that we would bring Laura Bush and Michelle Obama together on an international stage to discuss their experiences as first ladies with their counterparts. My initial vision was to incubate and grow a program that could eventually be run by and for first ladies, and in Tanzania this July, we watched that dream become a reality.

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huff_logoThank You Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Keeping Gender Equality on the Top of the Agenda— August 16, 2013
Cherie Blair, Guest Contributor, Huffington Post
For example, I was recently in Tanzania with the African First Ladies Initiative discussing some of Africa’s most pressing challenges including climate change, maternal health, education, violence against women, child marriage and women’s economic empowerment. These issues are not unique to Africa. These are global issues that must be addressed across the world.

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thebody_logoFirst Ladies Play Important Role in Promoting Global Health, Says Laura Bush’s Former Chief of Staff — Jul 8, 2013
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at American University, discusses PEPFAR, saying the program shows Americans’ “generosity” and that “when our political leaders have courage to think big, work together, find common ground, and make tough decisions — they can change the world.”

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huff_logoFirst Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush Show American Compassion in Africa — July 3, 2013
Anita McBride, Guest Contributor, Huffington Post
I am in Dar es Salaam with the Bushes again where yesterday I witnessed a conversation between the current first lady and the former first lady of the United States along with multiple African first ladies in attendance. Building upon the success of the PEPFAR platform brought the Bushes back to Africa this week — one of several trips since leaving the White House. The Bushes hosted the African First Ladies Summit entitled “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” highlighting public-private partnerships including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an initiative launched by the George W. Bush Institute.

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dc_logoHow Africa’s First Ladies Give Back — March 20, 2013
Cora Neumann and Anita McBride, Guest Contributors, Diplomatic Courier
Through our respective work in various international development programs as well as first-hand experience with a number of African first ladies, we knew these women were champions for change both individually and as a collective force. We brought these women together in 2009 for the African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles, the largest international gathering of African first ladies to-date.

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dc_logoThe Role of First Ladies: A Conversation with Anita McBride — Feb. 24, 2013
Allyson Portee, Contributor, Diplomatic Courier
On February 20th American University’s Alumni Association, in their spring series on American women, hosted an intimate sit down discussion with Anita McBride, the former Chief of Staff to Former First Lady Laura Bush. Currently, McBride is the Executive in Residence at AU’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs.

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washpost_logoRAND African First Ladies Initiative Fosters Leadership among Political Wives — Sep. 26, 2011
Emily Wax, Washington Post
Questions of leadership, visibility, advocacy, and family roles “provide the unofficial syllabus for the RAND African First Ladies Initiative, a program that hopes to foster leadership among the wives of African heads of state. The program — which is seen as especially valuable on a continent struggling to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for maternal mortality and girls’ education — is designed to help participants get the tools they need to become agents of change in their home countries.”

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nprlogoU.K.’s Cherie Blair Shares Words of Advice — Sep. 23, 2011
Tell Me More (NPR)
The wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair is helping African first ladies and their staff become stronger advocates for change. She spoke with Michel Martin about this work, the challenges and relationships she’s had with the media, and what it takes to be an effective first lady.

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ft_logoThe School for Africa’s First Ladies — Sep. 12, 2011
Rebecca Knight, Financial Times
Bess Truman once famously quipped that her job as first lady entailed little more than sitting “quietly on the podium next to her husband” and making sure “her hat was on straight”. Times are different, of course, and while the position of first lady comes with no pay and no official responsibilities in most countries, a new fellowship programme developed by the Rand Corporation, the non-for-profit research organisation, is trying to change that.

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BBC-LogoFirst Ladies of Africa Take Page Out of U.S. Book — Oct. 5, 2010
Kim Ghattas, BBC News
While first ladies can be instrumental in bringing much needed change on social issues like infant mortality or education, they are often not able to realize their full potential because of a variety of challenges. In Africa in particular, the wives of leaders could make a real difference.

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sundaytimes_logoAfrican First Ladies Club — Sep. 26, 2010
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
A new initiative has attracted first ladies from Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and 10 other African nations for a two-year programme to help them address challenges such as Aids, child health and education in their countries.

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newdailybeast_logoFirst Ladies of Africa Take Action — Sep. 21, 2010
Gail Sheehy, The Daily Beast
Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee proposed the idea of a First Ladies of Africa Summit at the Women in the World conference last year. It is finally happening! Gail Sheehy on a new political partnership.

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MsFirst Ladies to Women’s Rescue — July 19, 2010

Ms. Magazine
When 14 African first ladies traveled to Los Angeles last year for the first African First Ladies Health Summit, it looked like great things were afoot. In the course of their two-day conference, these feisty women helped raise awareness of the horrific maternal death rates in their countries and on how they’re interlinked with larger issues of women’s health, girls’ education and women’s empowerment.

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LATimesFor African First Ladies, Health Issues are a Chance to Remake Their Image— April 22, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Dressed in sleek suits and eye-catching robes, 13 African first ladies stepped onto a Westside red carpet this week, mingling with Hollywood celebrities and waving to the paparazzi. While they appeared to enjoy the limelight, the women had traveled to Los Angeles for a more serious purpose: to forge partnerships in the United States to improve health on a continent racked by AIDS, malaria and other scourges.

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Michelle Obama Embraces First Lady Role – Oct 31, 2012
Robert MacPherson (AFP)
“She’s a very popular first lady,” said Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush and now teaches at American University in Washington. “She’s been very effective at using her platform, using her voice, in attempting to make a difference in the issues she’s engaged with,” McBride told AFP in the run-up to Tuesday’s election.

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Inside Scoop – Emerald Planet – African First Ladies Initiative: Female Leadership – Oct 31, 2012
As wives of presidents and prime ministers, Africa[1]ºs first ladies occupy a position at the pinnacle of society. Interview with Cora Neumann and Anita McBride starts at approximately 16:00 minutes.

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Every Mother Counts’ Big CGI/UN Week – September 29, 2012
Every Mother Counts Staff
We attended a lunch for the African First Ladies Initiative with fellow Mothers  Day Every Day Advisory committee member, Anita McBride, who was Chief of Staff for Laura Bush during her time as First Lady. The Rand African First Ladies Initiative partners with Africa’s first ladies, is a unique effort to empower African First Ladies to use their offices and platforms effectively to impact change for millions of women and families.

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter speaks at the RAND African First Ladies Initiative – October 19, 2011
The Political Girl
Forrmer first lady Rosalynn Carter was recently at the RAND African First Ladies Initiative held a couple of weeks ago in New York City. Joined by Sierra Leone first lady Sia Nyama Koroma, Senegal first lady Viviane Wade, Namibia first lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Lesotho first lady Mathato Mosisili, and Cherie Blair, wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blai, the women gathered to explore ways to grow their leadership roles on issues such as maternal health, girls education and women s economic development.

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AFRICA: First Ladies of Africa Partner with RAND, U.S. Dept. of State and Corporate Council on Africa to Advance Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment in Africa – Monday, 03 October 2011
Nearly a dozen current and former first ladies joined RAND, the United States Department of State’s African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) today to highlight and promote women’s leadership and economic empowerment across Africa.

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African First Ladies Initiative translates influence into action – Sep. 26, 2011
Conrad Pearson, ONE
Last week, as heads of state and global policymakers assembled in New York for UN Week, 15 first ladies from Africa marked another year of fostering a new kind of leadership. The RAND African First Ladies Initiative has worked alongside the wives of African presidents and prime ministers since 2009, helping them hone their advocacy and policymaking skills, and supporting their efforts to champion change in critical areas like maternal health and women s economic empowerment.

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African First Ladies Meet to Empower Women – September, 2011
allAfrica.com
Cherie Blair, right, wife of former U.K. Prime Minister tony Blair, confers with First Lady Sophia Martelly of Haiti, left, and Ida Odinga, center, wife of Kenya s Prime Minister during a meeting at the RAND African First Ladies Initiative.

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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Shares Her Experience as a Lifetime Advocate for Immunizations with African First Ladies – September 29, 2011
The Task Force for Global Health
On Friday, September 23rd former First Lady Rosalynn Carter participated in a roundtable event, hosted by the RAND Corporation’s African First Ladies Initiative, to share her lifetime work as an advocate for childhood immunizations.

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Sierra Leone First Lady Discusses Work To Improve Maternal Mortality – Sep 26, 2011
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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First Ladies Work to Further Women’s Empowerment – September 23, 2011
U.S. State Department
Current and former first ladies met in New York September 23 to work on ways to promote women’s economic empowerment across Africa. Among the first ladies attending were Mathato Mosisili of Lesotho, Penehupifo Pohamba of Namibia, Viviane Wade of Senegal, Sophia Martelly of Haiti, Eloise Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ida Odinga, wife of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. They were joined by Cherie Blair, wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Forging Stronger Business Partnerships, African Women Entrepreneurs Travel to United States for Three-Week International Exchange – September 16, 2011
Center for African Learning and Development
In New York, the group will participate in an event sponsored by the RAND African First Ladies Initiative and the Corporate Council of Africa featuring Cherie Blair, the former First Lady of the United Kingdom.

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Leading the Charge — May 1, 2011
TUNZA Magazine, UNEP
‘First Ladies are well placed to lead the charge to improve the status of women and to bring about significant change,’ says AFLI director Cora Neumann in an article focused on environmental awareness in Africa. The article is on page 6.

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The Legacies of America’s First Ladies — Feb. 23, 2011
Maralee Csellar, American University
Throughout United States history, first ladies have influenced politics, domestic policy and global diplomacy. On March 1, historians, curators, authors, journalists and White House staff including former chiefs of staff to Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton will examine the role of our nation’s first ladies.

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U.S. Officials Pay Tribute to First Lady’s Charity Work — Sep. 30, 2010
Times of Zambia
Former United States of America president George W Bush’s aide, Anita McBride, has praised Zambian First Lady Thandiwe Banda for her decision not to form a foundation and instead work with already-existing non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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African First Ladies Fellowship to Strengthen Leadership on Health and Social Ills — Sep. 28, 2010
Rear Adm. (ret) Tim Ziemer, USAID Impact
Blog post by Rear Adm. (ret) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, who participated in the first RAND African First Ladies Fellowship Program

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African First Ladies Meet Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Discuss PRGS Fellowship — Sep. 22, 2010
RAND
The first ladies of three African nations—Lesotho, Namibia, and Sierra Leone—met with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush on the sidelines of the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative forum. They discussed various efforts to support the work of the African first ladies, including a new RAND Corporation African First Ladies Fellowship.

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First Lady of Sierra Leone Thanks RAND in Her Global Health Keynote at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting — Sep. 21, 2010
Accompanying her husband to the 65th UN General Assembly in New York, First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma gave a keynote address at the Clinton Global Initiative “Global Health” meeting.

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First Ladies of 15 African Nations Meet in L.A.— April 22, 2009
Los Angeles Daily News
The first ladies of 15 African nations held a rare gathering Tuesday to talk about dealing with HIV/AIDS, infectious disease and gender inequity on their continent.

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