Britain’s John Smith Trust works with up and coming leaders who are building civil society in the former Soviet Union. The Trust recently invited Laura (along with her sister Stephanie, of Bloomberg News) to speak on the topic of sustainable and inclusive economics. This gave Laura Flanders, a chance to sit down with a group of Trust fellows in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, for their thoughts on March 8th, International Working Women’s Day.

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people about the key questions of our time. The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura.