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Niceville High School’s Ally Woodard Can Add “Published Author” to Her List of Accomplishments

By Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn | hosbourne@nwfdailynews.com
Original article can be found here: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20171207/inspired-by-mama-lupita

SANDESTIN — One Niceville High School student can add “published author” to her list of accomplishments, along with gaining 135 siblings along the way.

The 17-year-old’s journey began in 2012 with a woman called Mama Lupita and a pair of painted shoes.

Ally Woodard sat in her home in Sandestin late last month flipping through the pages of her self-published children’s book, “Mama Lupita’s Happy Orphanage.”READ MORE

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The Future of Girls

An Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

 

“If women are marginalized in any human endeavor, I can tell you that endeavor will not succeed.”

 

With Joanne Tawfilis and Ambassador Chowdhury, New York, 2013

As Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke those words to me recently during a private interview at the United Nations in New York City, I felt a sense of relief. Having served as President of the UN Security Council, Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, UN Under-Secretary General, President of UNICEF Board, recipient of UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, and as one of the world’s most respected advocates for gender equality, he proved resolute and forthright about his convictions.

My relief arose from the realization that the Ambassador will indeed always be there as a champion for the 50% of humanity that needs male leaders to step up and help us females ford the stream. “By marginalizing women we are using only 50% of the capacity the world has to improve itself,” he laments.  “It is high time that we should act to proactively, consciously and resolutely assert the inherent equality that women have. Recognize that, give them a place and benefit from that.”

So, what is the Future of Girls? Brighter, thanks to Ambassador Chowdhury. Let me explain. I had served on a panel with Ambassador Chowdhury at a UN conference in 2013, and heard him give a presentation in California last year.
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Sherry Miller Sabatino Lost A Furniture Store (She Wants It Back) Part 2

Recently, after Part 1 of Sherry’s story was posted on my website, she made contact, excited about finally having someone listen to her story, and write about it.

“Ally, I want you to write my book.”
“Sherry, I’m only 16 and I have to go to school.”
“No one else can tell my story like you can!”
“And after school I have track practice, and homework…”
“Ally, you can do it! You have to!”

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Lessons for Living – With A View To The Future

An Interview with Joanne Tawfilis

Joanne Tawfilis on left, receiving 2011 Human Rights Hero Award Geneva, Switzerland

Joanne Tawfilis on left, receiving 2011 Human Rights Hero Award Geneva, Switzerland

I recently had the privilege to participate in a wide ranging Skype interview with Joanne Tawfilis. Mrs. Tawfilis is a former United Nations Diplomatic level executive. In addition she is Founder/Chair of Board of Directors at The United Nations Association of the United States of America. As a result of her accomplishments as a humanitarian and promoter of worldwide peace, Mrs. Tawfilis has been honored and recognized around the world. Just a few of her national and international awards include:READ MORE

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The Donald Trump Post-Election Reality Show

What happens next, now that, “He’s Hired!”

 

“It feels unfair,” Chrissy Horansky told me, as she tried to allay the fears of a 16 year old girl regarding the consequences of an impending Donald Trump White House. As a best-selling author and decorated writer for The Huffington Post, and as an eminent spokeswoman for gender equality, Chrissy’s words were to provide an antidote to the feelings of helplessness I and certainly many other girls and women feel these days.READ MORE

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Sherry Miller Sabatino Lost a Furniture Store (She Wants it Back)

“I’m broke. I can barely pay my bills. How would you feel?” I am sitting in a well-kept home off of Airport Road in the resort town of Destin, Florida. At the end of a long evening’s interview with Sherry Miller Sabatino, I think she is asking me a rhetorical question. But actually, Sherry is sincere, and she really wants to know how a 16 year old girl would feel about being 70ish years old and broke. How would anyone feel if they had heard her story?READ MORE

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