Author Archives: Jane Sloane

About Jane Sloane

Almost two years ago Jane made the move to San Francisco to work with Global Fund for Women as Vice President of Programs. Global Fund for Women remains one of the world’s largest public foundations, and one of the most consistent funders investing exclusively in the rights of women and girls. It continues to be ranked among the top sources of funding for women-led organizations working on social, economic, and political empowerment to address the gender injustice that has marginalized women and, in so doing reduced the economic and social potential of countries and the global economy.. Over the past 26 years it has distributed over $110 million to thousands of women's rights organizations globally as part of its vision to realize transformative shifts in power to advance women's and girls' human rights. Jane was previously was Vice President of Development with Women's World Banking in New York - an organisation that in 2010 provided microfinance and micro-health insurance to almost 26 million women in developing countries. Prior to this, Jane was Executive Director of International Women's Development Agency, an organization supporting grass roots women's groups to advance women's human rights in Asia and the Pacific. Jane was inspired in her work by time spent with Nelson Mandela in 2000 where he encouraged her to focus on conflict resolution and citizen led change. Her commitment in the field of human rights and public policy has been recognized with an Asia Pacific Business Women's Council Woman of Distinction Award, a Churchill Fellowship to improve Humanitarian Emergency Response Models for Australia and the region after the Asian tsunami, an Australian Government Endeavour Professional Award focused on increasing Pacific women's political participation and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She is also one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore. Jane holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons History) from the University of Adelaide. She serves on the Board of the Women's Funding Network and The Sophia Institute.

Letter from Sunrise #1

July 17th, 2014 by

Moon’s up
Shane Howard, Gurrumul
…my country
I’m dancing light into night

microlights dotting the hills
this boat’s a rockin’
like dolphins are nudging it from underneath

outside, rowboat
oars slap, slap
darkness spills
nature, a universal home
touchstone to a defined home

boat speeding toward me
rippling water
birds divebombing

high tide, lapping waters
clinking
clinking of bells
rush of laughter
tiny boats
human sized

Jerry Garcia land
Church of the boaty waters
all the Jonathan Livingston Seagulls in the sky
sing my boaty throaty hymns

The joy of a working harbor
tiny boat motoring into the night
in the distance
a bolt of light
a boat of light

Look up at the sky
stars in slipstream
such a sense of aliveness
voices carry
beauty wherever I turn
the sweet clanging of
boat bells
the rhythm of the waves
slowly rocking me
there is a profound feeling
of oneness with the
world, completeness
rocked back to the
cradle
how I love this
long for this
even while I’m feeling this

oh transitory joy
transitory bliss
transitory life
the beauty, the
beauty of it all
rush of water
rush of wind
rush of air

and my feet
like rocks on a
tilting earth
I am alive

Deepening night
darkening night
jangle jangle
slow rock slap
flow
howl of dog wolves
in distance
distant
rumble on

waters of a connected
world – flow like
Blood through my veins

A flash of boat fire
surge of joy
of boats seen
leaning on my boat
head tipped to a
sky swept to infinity

I feel like I’m
on the roof of
the world here
on sunset’s bow
a misty rain
cloud crossing
a sickle moon
all alight, all aflame
in my soul

spirit sparked
jangle jangle
the lit world
I feel so alive
rushing water
rushing life
light and life
rushing air jangle

memory of the great birds
Pelicans
swooping, swooning low
as I step
outside my
boat into morning
light
that fierce
direct connection
to nature through
birds wings
flutter by
jangle jangle
wildness

Oh deep joy
slap slap
jingle jangle
that moon again
I am alive
the newness
fully awake and present
to this moment in
my life
rushing wind now

And all around
infinite stillness
energy vibrating
pulsing this world
clang clang clang
wake up
it’s now
it’s all now
our moment of aliveness
is now
clang clang
feet steady
head tipped
to the infinite sky

conversations carry
from waterfront cafes
caches of people

inky hills
dotted lights
I swivel round
constancy of
waters
boats tucked up
to the sleeping world
voices carry
clang clang
lights striking through
the night sky
sweet rippling waters
sweet sleeping waters
constancy
is melodic
so too is the
changing tide

yellow moon
so big
lamp moon
hovering in the sky

mythic moon
boat lamps
twinkling winking
moon lamp
aglow in the sky

sky dark
tiny pinprick stars
show their faces
sky sparks
play their dance with
a low slung moon
moon river
could be playing
it’s a moon bay moony night
a swoony night
with that moon swinging low
sweet chariot
I am carried home
in my heart
in the lilt and tilt of the night
poetic
sweet
velvety
forever night

How magical it all is
here I stand
here I flow
tone and texture
music and art
voice and play

A night for creatures
emotional heart
of creation
kindred spirits
bound to that
yellow moon
so wondrous
suspended
above a
Sausalito tide

 

 

Jane Sloane
Sausalito
 

 

 

 

 

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Citizen Jane SF Book Launch Video – Part 04

July 11th, 2014 by
Part 4.
Annie Wright in conversation with author Jane Sloane examines the role of engaging men in the women’s movement. How men supporting women can re-imagine and improve their lives. How gender inclusion can rebalance and influence decision making and the design and delivery of programs and policies.


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Citizen Jane SF Book Launch Video – Part 03

July 9th, 2014 by
Part 3.
Annie Wright in conversation with author Jane Sloane consider examples of  how best to empower and support women personally and professionally, specifically focusing on the Asia Pacific Breakthrough summit that Jane led in 2009.


Thanks so much to everyone who came to my book launch at the San Francisco library and made it so special. Thanks to my colleagues at Global Fund for Women who made it all possible.

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Citizen Jane SF Book Launch Video – Part 02

July 1st, 2014 by
Part 2.
Annie Wright in conversation with author Jane Sloane discuss mentors and mentorship, in particular it focuses on her work with mentor and teacher Stella Cornelius founder of Conflict Resolution Network. Jane talks about her own role as a mentor and how this led her to write a popular blog piece called 50 tips for Young Women in the World. Jane reads a few of her favourites.


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Citizen Jane SF Book Launch Video – Part 01

June 27th, 2014 by
Part 1. Annie Wright in conversation with author Jane Sloane introduces Jane and her book Citizen Jane: transformative citizenship in a globalised world.

They discuss the genesis of the book and Jane outlines how her career path has been shaped by a large variety of work and experience in different fields.

Jane explains how she was profoundly influenced by advice Nelson Mandela gave her to focus on conflict resolution and citizen led change.


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