Dreifuss, Ruth

Dreifuss, Ruth

Ruth Dreifuss: “This was my big chance to survive but born something like five kilometers from the German border, with that big shadow of the extermination by the Nazis the time of the big slaughter is something that accompanied me for my whole life, and very soon showed me that well we have to fight for human rights, we have to fight against barbarianism. But this conscience to be a Jew, to be a member of a threatened minority, I think was very important for my political socialization. I am of Jewish origin because I feel very strongly that I am the legacy of this whole history of 2000 years and more.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Highlight/RuthDreifuss.flv|width=400|height=185{/mgmediabot2}   Legacy: “Ruth Dreifuss, How has your Jewish origin impacted your life as the first woman President of Switzerland ?” Ruth Dreifuss: “This was my big chance to survive but born something like five kilometers from the German border, with that big shadow of the extermination by the Nazis the time of the big slaughter is something that accompanied me for my whole life, and very soon showed me that well we have to fight for human rights, we have to fight against barbarianism. But this conscience to be a Jew, to be a member of a threatened minority, I think was very important for my political socialization. I am of Jewish origin because I feel very strongly that I am the legacy of this whole history of 2000 years and more.”...
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Robinson, Mary

Robinson, Mary

Mary Robinson: “Well I know where I got a huge boost. And it was when my two grand children arrived. I think particularly the first, a little boy, nearly three years ago. I suddenly had this incredible adrenalin. The world is so unfair. And my little grand son and his sister are born into my daughter’s happy family with her husband and they will be ok. They may have – every family has problems, but by and large they are secure. But think of the millions of children who don’t have that. And I sort of got a terrific re-burst of energy. And I think it’s because… Because I have deep inner sense of justice and fairness. And when I come into a slum area here in Nairobi, and they’re not so much talking about HIV and AIDS as an illness; they are talking about food security… about hunger… about children not being able to go on pediatric care because they haven’t got enough food. (On) women who have to look after a family who are worried everyday about where the next meal will come from in 2006. Where for a tenth of the military spending in our world, we could actually accelerate the millennium development goals no end. So I don’t know how I can’t wake up every morning knowing that I must do something about it.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Highlight/MaryRobinson.flv|width=400|height=190{/mgmediabot2} Legacy: “What motivates you?” Mary Robinson: “Well I know where I got a huge boost. And it was when my two grand children arrived. I think particularly the first, a little boy, nearly three years ago. I suddenly had this...
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Mlambo-Ngcuka, Phumzile

Mlambo-Ngcuka, Phumzile

Legacy:”After your experience with Apartheid, how does it feel to be leading South Africa as the highest ranking female in the country’s history?” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka:” It’s not so much that about what I went through, it’s what the country missed out. Because as a result of Apartheid more than 70% of the population was literally driven towards a path of destruction. But I have to say that the wisdom of our leadership and generosity of African people in particular has helped in South Africa not to use the anger and the history of Apartheid to self destruct to be vengeful. President Mandela, his attitude is such that you know what, life has to go on. Let’s reconcile and let’s free the oppressor as well, and let’s rebuild this country. That was very liberating for all of us, because otherwise we could have been walking around with anger, which is all-consuming -that was taken away. That moment to wallow in our anger was taken away from us. And we are giving a challenge to focus on building the country. That has been very refreshing.” {mgmediabot2}path=images/video/Highlight/Phumzile.flv|width=460|height=320|displayheight=640{/mgmediabot2} Legacy:”After your experience with Apartheid, how does it feel to be leading South Africa as the highest ranking female in the country’s history?” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka:” It’s not so much that about what I went through, it’s what the country missed out.Because as a result of Apartheid more than 70% of the population was literally driven towards a path of destruction. But I have to say that the wisdom of our leadership and generosity of African people in particular has helped in South Africa not to...
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Irvin, Monte

Irvin, Monte

Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin:”And while we’re talking about famous people, I think I would be remiss if I did not tell you about the time I met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only great orator, you know a great speaker, but he seemed to be kind of perfect in all ways. He – His timing, the words that he would choose he was non violent, and he wanted to correct the justices that in the world existed. He wanted help poor people, of all races, help to gain dignity, equality, morality and why someone would wanna eliminate this wonderful man, I’ll never understand it. As I reflect, attended that wonderful, what they call I guess what they call the March on Washington way back in 1963, when he made that famous “I have a dream ” speech. The weather was perfect. The most impressive thing was people, buses, trains, airplanes, everybody was coming in for this magnificent event. There was like a magic in the air. I would dare say that was the best feeling I’ve ever had. Being there, being a part of that celebration. We said this is historical. This will go now to history. We knew that speech he made was one of the best ever. It’s just indescribable. We knew the country would be better the world would be better. Having listened to his magnificent words and again, we all just knew we were witnessing history and it would be – it would go down to very historic occasion for years and years to come. What he wanted to do, how he...
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