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Miss Landmine

There are currently no landmine survivors’ networks directed specifically towards women in Angola. The Miss Landmine project is a possible nucleus for a national female landmine survivor’s network through a CBR (Community Based Rehabilitaion) -programme with practical guidance and support from national authorities (CNIDAH) and international NGOs. We are hopeful that a successful Miss Landmine pilot event will function as a catalyst, both to Angola and internationally in other landmine-affected countries, for the project to grow and develop, with or without the assistance of the original Miss Landmine team.

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Depending on the level of commitment from local authorities, each participant may be assigned as a Miss Landmine representative in her own province, with responsibilities of coordinating and providing information and assistance to other women in the same situation and monitoring ways of empowerment, such as education and specialized health care.

The project began in Angola in 2008 and in 2009 took place in Cambodia. 
It's an amazing story that shows how beautiful women are even after an accident. This reinforces their trust and self-confidence in themselves.

In addition it placed them as representatives of their province, what makes them be proud of as they are.

Check the web:
http://miss-landmine.org/misslandmine_project.html

http://miss-landmine.org/misslandmine_project.html

And the documentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhDPyJAi-Bo

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Photo of Jamie Beck Alexander

Wow. Marina this is such a powerful project. Thank you for sharing! I would imagine that in addition to building self confidence in the women who participate, these women would also inspire and build the confidence of others by their bravery. Really wonderful to learn about.

Photo of Meena Kadri

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Photo of Marina López

Thanks! Jamie & Meena ;)