Around the World
  • As a child, before he was a movie star, before he won an Academy award, and before he was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, Matt Damon was deeply affected by the extreme poverty he witnessed with his mother on trips to Guatemala.

    Now with the power of name recognition, he has started a non-profit called, a microfinance initiative that he started with co-founder Gary White. The organization helps provide drinking water and basic sanitation to communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America.

    Worldwide there are nearly a billion people who don't have access to water and about 2.5 billion without basic sanitation. Half of the worlds hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related disease, which kills over 3-million people every year.

    Damon was inspired to start on a mile long walk with a young girl in Zambia while she collected water for her family. It's a walk many young girls take every day; about 200 million hours a day are spent

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  • Reformation, Revenge, Revolution: 2011 in Review

    It was a turbulent and tumultuous year and as it comes to a close, Christiane Amanpour looks back on the stories that defined 2011.

    Whether in a helicopter flying high above Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, interviewing President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt or Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, Christiane Amanpour was a firsthand witness to the news breaking around the world.

    From the instability of the European financial markets to the worldwide protests that began in the Middle East and to Wall Street and Moscow, much of the tension from 2011 will reverberate into the New Year.

    With mixed emotions the United States mourned the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and celebrated the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. And as the American war in Iraq came to an unceremonious end, soldiers continue to fight in Afghanistan.

    On our year end special, Christiane Amanpour takes you Around the World one last time before 2012.

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  • Equality for Arab Women a ‘Must Have’

    In the struggle for peace and economic stability in Afghanistan, don't expect women to sit idly by while men shape the future.

    "You can't have lasting stability if half the country is left out" says Gayle Lemmon, Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program.

    Ms. Lemmon joined Christiane Amanpour on a crisp afternoon in New York City's Central Park to discuss the role of women in Afghanistan in a quickly changing Arab world.

    "This is not about special treatment, it is about basic right to contribute to your family - to go to school and go to work and Afghan women have fought for those rights for a long time."

    As the Arab world changes, the women of Afghanistan can no longer be looked at as victims and observers. Their ability to make money and help support their family will help define the future of Afghanistan.

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