IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR RAND CORPORATION - Cherie Blair, third left, wife of the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, joins African first ladies Hadidja Aboubakar Ikililou Dhoinine, of Comoros, Salma ... more 
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR RAND CORPORATION - Cherie Blair, third left, wife of the former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, joins African first ladies Hadidja Aboubakar Ikililou Dhoinine, of Comoros, Salma Kikwete, of Tanzania, Callista Mutharika, former first lady of Malawi, Chantal Yayi, of Benin, and Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo, wife of Nigerian vice president, left to right, at the RAND African First Ladies Initiative, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in New York. Current and former first ladies gathered to explore ways to grow their leadership roles on issues such as maternal health, girls education and women's economic development. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for RAND Corporation) less 
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Wed, Sep 26, 2012 6:25 PM EDT