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TWE Radio: Foreign Correspondent Atia Abawi Humanizes Global Refugee Crisis in New Novel

Atia Abawi, journalist, author/Photo Provided by Atia Abawi | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio Show

Foreign correspondent Atia Abawi in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
covering a burn of confiscated drugs

Stacey Gualandi/March 14, 2018

Don’t miss a BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio as I chat with author and foreign network news correspondent Atia Abawi about her just released second Young Adult novel,  A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.

A mutual photojournalist friend introduced me to Atia. After reading her book I had quite an emotional reaction to the refugee experiences she describes. I wanted to talk with her to get a better understanding of a crisis that cannot be ignored.

Author Atia Abawi's bok, Land of Permanent Goodbyes provided by Atia to TWE | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio ShowThis award-winning journalist is based in the Middle East and researched the global refugee crisis extensively to tell a timely story of one teenage boy and his family’s fight for survival in war-torn Syria.

It is a gut-wrenching tale that doesn’t shy away from the unspeakable violence, the “hunters” and the never-ending search for safety.

For Abawi, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes hits very close to home as she was born a refugee to Afghan parents in West Germany and raised in the U.S.

Her family’s decision to flee war in Afghanistan helped her to understand the plight of families who must try to outlive a tremendous loss.

With this book, Abawi hopes to create empathy and raise awareness of a crisis that is happening in real time. Abawi says many tears were shed writing this story, but she says it was a story that needed to be shared. Take a listen to her story!

To find out more about Atia: www.atiaabawi.com.

Atia Abawi, foreign correspondent, in Afghanistan/Photo provided by Atia Abawi | The Women's Eye Magazine and Radio Show

Atia traveling to a story with NATO forces in Afghanistan

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TWE RADIO: WomenStrong International Founder Dr. Susan Blaustein Launches Safe Cities for Women Campaign

Dr. Susan Blaustein, founder of Women Strong/Photo: Provided by Susan Blaustein

Dr. Susan Blaustein at WomenStrong site in Madurai, southern India

By Stacey Gualandi/March 5, 2018

Be sure to tune in to Stacey’s BRAND NEW interview on The Women’s Eye Radio – to coincide with Women’s History Month – with Dr. Susan Blaustein, the founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International, an organization dedicated to eradicating urban poverty in Ghana, India, Haiti, Kenya and the United States.

logo for WomenStrong Internation, founded by Dr. Susan Blaustein

With a doctorate from the Yale School of Music, Dr. Blaustein was on track to be a music composer, but after working on a fellowship and traveling abroad, she began reporting on poverty and social injustice that she witnessed first-hand, “whether in the Philippines, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), or while watching an earlier generation of Rohingya Muslims pour in from Burma into already overwhelmed Bangladesh.”

dr. Susan Blaustein, founder of Women Strong with Project Director at their site is Kisumu, Kenya/Photo: Provided by Women Strong

Dr. Blaustein with WomenStrong project director in Kisumu, Kenya

This author-professsor-and former journalist saw a need to combat the hardships women and girls are facing around the globe. Through WomenStrong, Dr. Blaustein is providing the tools they need to survive and thrive. You’ll hear how she’s accomplished this on the podcast.

Now into its fourth year, the organization just launched a new anti-violence campaign “Cities for Women” in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8. Check out this very informative #CitiesforWomen infographic.

For Dr. Blaustein, WomenStrong is a labor or love and she is committed to make it her life’s work…what she calls “Women’s Work.”

Susan Blaustein founder of WomenStrong International at Dhan/Photo: Courtesy WomenStrong

Dr. Blaustein helping children at their Dhan site in India

Check out www.womenstrong.org.


TOP 10: At the Olympics, Motherhood Skis Away with a Gold and a Bronze

Kikkan Randall, Olympic mom cross country skier/Photo: Doug Mills, New York Times

At the Olympics, Motherhood Skis Away with a Gold and a Bronze: T. Parker-Pope–nytimes.com–2/25/18–Photo: Doug Mills/New York Times

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Fun and Fancy Cut-Out Brownies for Valentine’s Day

Super Special Cut-Out Brownies for a Valentine’s Day Treat!

The sky’s the limit in the crafty decor you can put on these delicious cut-out brownies.

Valentines Red Cut Out Cookies

If you’re interested to know tips on how to make these lucious creations, go to
ladolcivita.blogspot and check out what the Busty Baker has to say about them.
She credits picky cook and smitten kitchen for her adaptations.

And for video help with the beautiful icing designs, she advises checking out
How to Make or Swirl Royal Icing at sweetopia.

They look like fun to make…with a little love and patience. 

Good luck with your design. And…


TOP 10: Best Fiction Books 2/18 Feature Tons of Extraordinary Women

15 Best 2/18 Books on Bustle/Photo: Bustle

15 Best Fiction Books 2/18 Feature Tons of Extraordinary Women: bustle.com-2/11/18–Photo: Bustle

TWE Radio: Documentarian Sally Colon-Petree On Finding Purpose and Changing the World

Sally Colon-Petree, documentarian, " Women Like Us/Photo Courtesy Sally Colon-Petree

By Stacey Gualandi/Feb. 3, 2018

A BRAND NEW conversation on The Women’s Eye Radio with host Stacey Gualandi and Sally Colon-Petree, Dream On Productions founder and the director of Women Like Us. Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.

Sally Colon-Petree poster for her documentary Women Like Us/Poster provided by SallyThe self-taught filmmaker has worn many hats – host, actress, singer, and producer – but now she has found her life’s mission: to shed light on what is happening to women around the world.

Her debut documentary, Women Like Us, is a labor of love that took the mother of two girls to Africa and all over the US. She filmed “unimaginable social injustices young women face,” including sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, teen suicide, poverty and bullying. The timing of the film couldn’t be more perfect in the current #MeToo/Times Up climate.

I met Colon-Petree late last year at a Las Vegas screening of Women Like Us I hosted with Deluxe Version Magazine. It was an opportunity to hear her personal journey and to learn what I – and all of us can do – to make a difference for women across the globe.  Now anyone can host these “Empowerment Forums” to promote the film and inspire a call to action.

Listen as Colon-Petree candidly talks to me about her mother’s inspiration; how she overcame trauma; how she “found herself” while filming; and why she went to shoot her next doc in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

“I want people to be aware, not to live in fear,” says Colon-Petree.

To find out how you can host a screening, go to www.womenlikeusdocumentary.com.

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TOP 10: Women Fighting for NFL Careers in a League Dominated by Men

Women talk about the NFL and women's roles/CBS Screenshot

Women Fighting for NFL Careers in a League Dominated by Men: cbsnews.com–2/1/18–CBS Screenshot

TOP 10: A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office


TIME Magazine Avenger Cover/1/22/18

A Year Ago They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office: C. Alter–time.com–1/22/18