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The End of Your Life Book Club

by Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club
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    Oct 2012, 352 pages
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    Jun 2013, 352 pages

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The Women's Refugee Commission

Mary Anne Schwalbe Mary Anne Schwalbe was a woman of many careers. She was a high school teacher; head of admissions at Harvard; and a founder, and later, director of the Women's Refugee Commission. Her work with the WRC was something she was passionate about through the end of her life.

Founded in 1989 (and initially called the Women's Commission), the Women's Refugee Commission's mission is to improve the lives of women and children refugees around the world. The commission points out that four out of five of the world's nearly 45 million displaced people are women, children and young people. Most of these women and children are in long-term displacement situations that could last up to 17 years. Through research and fact-finding field missions, the WRC identifies critical needs for these displaced people and advocates for change through the United Nations, humanitarian organizations, and specific governments.

The Women's Refugee Commission The WRC also focuses on reproductive healthcare needs, raising awareness about the ...

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