Nadia Smiecinska, a Staff Writer for Gender Across Borders, was born in Poland and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area as an adolescent. She was always passionately interested in history, psychology, sociology, international affairs, and current events. At the University of San Francisco she majored in Psychology with a minor in Politics and Women’s Studies. While in college Nadia got involved with globalization and social justice campaigns. After college she attended American University in Washington D.C., graduating with a Master’s degree in International Affairs. While there, her research interests focused on women’s human rights, sex trafficking, political movements and social/economic policy, post-communist societies, international development, labor rights and European Union studies.
After graduate school, Nadia started working for CLASP, which is focused on energy efficiency standards worldwide, helping to curb climate change. In addition, she has worked for a variety of organizations, including a nonprofit that works with women-run NGO’s in Africa, an agency engaged in analyzing nations’ policies regarding low-carbon growth, a global health organization focused on low-income people and a national, non-partisan campaign increasing the number of women in elected office. Currently, Nadia is involved with a San Francisco foundation with a focus on housing, healthcare and education in Southeast Asia. In her free time she loves exploring places close and far and writing about traveling for a blog she shares with her husband.
February 21, 2012 / Nadia Smiecinska
Historically, property ownership by women is tied to their level of independence and overall power in a society.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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