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September 23, 2008

Women of the World

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Queen Rania, editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska, and Ashley Judd.
Photos: (left to right) Condé Nast Traveler, worldhum.com, and AP

by Beata Loyfman

World Savers

Today's World Savers Congress is headlined by three remarkable women: Condé Nast Traveler editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska, Queen Rania of Jordan, and actress/activist Ashley Judd.

The first of these influential women just took the stage, calling upon the travel industry to harness its formidable power (to the tune of $8 trillion in 2008) and help those communities where it often makes its profits. She cited Marriott Hotels, a previous World Savers winner, which has just made a $2 million investment to save thousands of acres of Brazilian rain forest.

"Nothing opens people's eyes like travel--it breeds empathy," said Glowczewska. "With dialogue and cooperation, we can overcome cultural differences...and take things to another level."

To that end, she announced that the magazine's Five & Alive Fund has raised nearly $1 million within its first year. In a partnership with Population Services International (PSI) the fund supports the needs of children under five years old. It supplies medicines, anti-malaria mosquito nets, water purification systems, and nutritional supplements to young children in 36 countries.

Further reading:
* Condé Nast Traveler Five & Alive Fund
* A Conversation with Queen Rania
* The Week of (Not) Living Dangerously
* Editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska's thoughts on the power of travel

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