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21. June 2006

Laura Bush&Women without Borders © WwB

The Women without Borders with Laura Bush.
F.l.t.r.: 1st row: Edit Schlaffer, Laura Bush, Ashta Kapoor
2nd row: Craig McCaw, Kate Brubacher, Georgina Nitzsche, Elisabeth Kasbauer

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Laura Bush and Women without Borders at their official meeting in the Hotel Intercontinental.

Laura Bush meets Women without Borders

First Lady Puts Women First

In the course of her visit to Vienna, the First Lady invited Women without Borders to present their activities, projects and visions.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Women without Borders and Ms. Bush share the same passion: to encourage women all over the world - from the mountains of Afghanistan to the immigrant enclaves of Vienna, from the hills of Rwanda to the villages of India - to dream big. And to believe that if you can dream it, you can do it.

Ms. Laura Bush and Women without Borders hold that there can be no sustainable human development without the full and equal participation of women. For this, it is imperative that women’s rights hold center stage.
We are committed to the advancement of women’s rights worldwide, and the creation of spaces where young women can articulate their priorities, freely speak about their concerns, and build leadership.

In a very pleasant atmosphere Edit Schlaffer, founder and chairwoman of  Women without Borders' along with her four team members - Elisabeth Kasbauer, Georgina Nitzsche, Astha Kapoor, Kate Brubacher - were given the opportunity to speak to Laura Bush.

It was Laura Bush's personal wish to meet with an Austrian NGO and her choice fell on Women without Borders.

Let me just start by saying thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to talk to each one of you. Dr. Schlaffer has started something which I really think is something, which is very close to my heart. This is the idea of how we can help women and girls around the world become full participating members of their society. We know, as we look around the world that the societies that are the most successful are the ones where women are included“, said Laura Bush.

During an intensive half hour the daughter project of Women without Borders, Girls without Borders, was introduced. This is a program that evidently caught Laura Bush's interest. Additionally our initial initiative in Afghanistan, driving and swimming in India, kicking for reconciliation in Rwanda, the leadership and empowerment projects for girls and young women, were received with clear enthusiasm.
Our new programs Men for Change, will address the issue of domestic violence, while the Girls without Borders project will create a world wide network of girls.

It was an exciting day for Women without Borders and we are proud that we were given the opportunity to offer a platform for female concerns on a global scale.

This shows how a small group who decided to help women can make such a difference,“ was the cheerful resume from Laura Bush.

We at Women without Borders agree! We are glad to do that on our part.

The Women without Borders Team


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