Part I. Country Backgrounds

The Country Conveners: From top left, clockwise:  Lidieth (Nicaragua), Weub (Ethiopia), Tam (Vietnam), Mabilia (Guatemala), Roslyn Ericksen, (Antioch University Seattle), Betty (Uganda), Rocio (with group, Guatemala),  Romajean (Muckleshoot), Claudine (Burkina Faso).

The Country Conveners: From top left, clockwise: Lidieth (Nicaragua), Weub (Ethiopia), Tam (Vietnam), Mabilia (Guatemala), Roslyn Ericksen, (Antioch University Seattle), Betty (Uganda), Rocio (with group, Guatemala), Romajean (Muckleshoot), Claudine (Burkina Faso).

This next section features background information about each of the countries or regions where a Conversation took place, including general statistics, the history of the country, as well as the cultural role of women and why women’s leadership is important. The background also introduces the nine women who convened the Conversations, including the projects the Convener is involved in and her work. The Conversation of the groups are summarized here.

The authors of these Country Backgrounds are all affiliated with the Project and volunteered their time to summarize the comments and research each of the countries.  Each Country Convener was partnered with a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, for communication and support purposes.

Each Country Convener was partnered with a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, for communication and support purposes.  The Kitchen Cabinet partners wrote letters to the Country Convener as a concluding portion of the County Backgrounds.

The photographs, in most cases, were supplied by the Country Convener.