San Francisco-based Global Exchange
launched three new programs for its Reality Tours series for 2007
designed to explore women's issues in their respective
educational tours, the programs will bring participants into
contact with women from various sectors of society at the
destinations, such as labor, government, education and the
The Women's Rights
and Leadership in Venezuela tour, scheduled for March 3 to 14, will explore the condition
of women in Venezuela under the current government of President
Hugo Chavez. Members of the tour party will observe the results of
some reforms instituted under Chavez, including a recently formed
Women's Bank that supports women's developmental projects and new
laws requiring political parties to field 50% female and 50% male
March 5 to 14, Global Exchange will visit Asia for its Afghanistan
Women's Delegation to observe the lives of women after the end of
the five-year reign of the Taliban. Although war continues in
Afghanistan, this trip will visit the city of Kabul and the
participants will visit the Ministry of Women's Affairs and some
newly established girl's schools; and will meet with female judges,
human rights advocates and university students.
The third program,
South Africa: Women Building a Nation, will take place Aug. 6
through 17, the highlight being South African Women's Day on Aug.
9. Tour participants will attend rallies and celebrations where
they will listen to choirs and speeches, meet with women from all
segments of society and learn about the lives of women in the
Global Exchange is a nonprofit human rights organization that
has been offering travel programs since 1989. For more information, see www.globalexchange.org/tours/index.html.
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