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  • Microsoft Talks to Us About How Their KIND and Unlimited Potential Programs Help Improve the Lives of Women and Children

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    On May 6, the Women’s Refugee Commission presented Microsoft, our corporate honoree, with the 2010 Innovating for Change Voices of Courage Award. We recognized two exceptional Microsoft initiatives: Unlimited Potential and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the latter of which was formed in collaboration with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.

    Before the event, we sat down with Pamela S. Passman, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, to discuss the two initiatives being recognized at our Voices of Courage Awards luncheon. We asked Pamela to tell us about the inspiration behind the initiatives, how they grew and the impact they’ve had on women and unaccompanied immigrant children worldwide.

    Deogratias Niyizonkiza: Where There is Health There is Hope

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    Deo attends a severely malnourished child on a home visit in Kigutu

    Deo Niyizonkiza was one of two refugees honored at the Women’s Refugee Commission 2010 Voices of Courage Awards held Thursday, May 6 in New York City. In the post below, Deo tells us about his organization Village Health Works and why it is important to provide health care to refugee women and children.

    Amalia Guzmán Molina: Working to Keep Immigrant Families Together

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    Amalia teaching parenting classes at Berendo Middle School

    We are excited to introduce you to Amalia Guzmán Molina, one of two refugees honored at our annual Voices of Courage Luncheon, which took place Thursday, May 6, in New York City.

    Amalia is an accomplished and revered advocate—not only in her community, but nationwide. In addition to founding Families of the Incarcerated, Amalia has written a book about her experience of being imprisoned and appeared in a documentary film about unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. Her post follows below.

    Welcome

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    Welcome to the launch of the Women's Refugee Commission Blog

    Many of you are familiar with our organization, and with the work we do. But for those of you who are not, the Women’s Refugee Commission was founded over 20 years ago as an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women, children and young people. We draw attention to the needs of refugee women and children—especially those that are overlooked by humanitarian aid organizations worldwide.

    Today, we continue to advocate vigorously for laws, policies and programs that improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people.

    We look forward to sharing our work with you and encourage your questions and comments. In future posts, we will talk more in depth about our various programs and the findings we uncover through our work and research. Your interest and support truly can impact the lives of refugee women, children and young people around the world. Together we are working to ensure that they are safe, healthy and self-reliant.

    Please watch this message about the Women’s Refugee Commission’s work from our Executive Director, Carolyn Makinson.

    Thank you for joining us in this ongoing conversation!