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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:17

It is my sincere hope that my daughters, women their age, and the generations that are to follow will read this unable to relate to not feeling enough, better prepared to maneuver through life with a greater sense of acceptance and self-confidence than I had, and if not may these words inspire healing for us all.

It seems women over time have let go of so many dreams. We have minimized our hopes, our worth, and our wants for so many generations that the fire of passion within us has dimmed or become obscured. For some it is unrecognizable. For others only a vague sense. Many of us no longer know who we are, let alone know what we are here for. We no longer see that the nurturing and fruition of our dreams is imperative to the overall well-being, not only of other women, but of the Universe and beyond.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:29
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:17

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The NY and Moscow General Assemblies just drafted a Joint Declaration saying that “Nuclear weapons do not bring security- … and do nothing to enhance human security. Nuclear Power, the evil twin of nuclear weapons – poses a threat to life on earth.” They say “No to Nuclear!” If all the hundreds of Occupies adopt that Declaration would that contribute to a Culture of Peace?

The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century…World without war http://www.haguepeace.org/ says: A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems, have the skills to resolve conflicts and struggle for justice non-violently, live by international standards of human rights and equity, appreciate cultural diversity, and respect the Earth and each other. Such learning can only be achieved with systematic education for peace.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:19
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:17

One of the things that delights me most about children and elders–and particularly foreigners–is the way they see the world; and how they express that; and how that opens me to seeing things differently too.

This past week, I joined fellow NGO representatives from around the world at the UN for the 56th Annual Commission on the Status of Women. It was an international scene with women attending from every part of the globe, delightfully dressed in traditional garments.

One particular session was so crowded that I was forced to squeeze in among dozens of others in the back of the room on the floor. It quickly grew so hot that I began to remove layers until I was sitting barefoot and in my camisole.

Women smiled knowingly, and later one kindly offered me her spot in the corner so that I could stretch my legs and cool off. Another woman eagerly took a vacated place beside me, whispering, “A wall is helpful thing,” and I grinned, appreciating the support behind my back in a way I had never considered before.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 20:11
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011 18:01

(WNN) MALMO, Sweden: Heather Raffo wrote her award winning play Nine Parts of Desire after the US attack on Iraq and the work has been staged several times in various countries, either by herself or by others. This is the first time the play has been produced in Sweden, albeit with some small changes. In the Swedish version, with Raffo’s approval, an extra section has been added to the play.

The co-writer for this version of Nine Parts of Desire is Parvin Ardalan, Iranian feminist, human rights activist and guest journalist of the city of Malmo, Sweden. Ardalan is also founder of Change for Equality reporting current news about human rights conditions for women rights defenders in Iran.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2012 12:59
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

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ETHIOPIA: An award winning photojournalist maps a journey toward dignity, empathy and understanding during the drought in the Horn of Africa
It’s been over a decade now, since I had the ‘misfortune’ to cover famine along the Ethiopian/Kenyan border in a remote desert village near Gode, called Denan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:02
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

A woman who has lost her husband clings to her child. Image: Brendan Brady/IRIN

LAGANKHEL, NEPAL – It is midafternoon, and the outpatient department at Nepal’s only mental health facility, called the Mental Hospital, is abuzz with patients. Some wait for their turn to receive care, while others sit on the hospital lawn, crying, talking to themselves or just soaking in the sun.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2011 22:07
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

  According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:23
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

 According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2011 22:07
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

  According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:45
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

 According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2011 10:31
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

 As you have, I have been sickened by the desperate act of a lone, very hateful man, whose heart must be terribly wounded - by what we don't know. I have thought so much about the parents and families of those young people, so many just adolescents, who were slaughtered in Oslo, and of the horror. I sent a message to a friend in Oslo that I would come over and offer my services to do listening circles with any teens who wanted to talk about it all.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2011 10:40
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

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 International members of the media and advocates around the globe speak with alarm and concern about the death of Mexican journalist Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz and the dangers for women journalists throughout Mexico

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 18:09
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

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I hope this email finds you and your families doing well. I thought I would bring you up-to-date with the famine in East Africa. On August 5th, we distributed food to 200 families in Kaptembwa near Nakuru.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 19:07
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

 Today I participated in an Israeli and Palestinian Women meeting on Mount Carmel in Haifa. It was organized by the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 15:14
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

Malalai Joya visits girls school in Farah Province, July 17, 2007. Image: malalaijoya.com

Her name doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. But what makes Malalai Joya who she is has nothing to do with her name. It is the fact that the former Afghanistan Member of Parliament is not shy about speaking her mind. It has run her into danger, literally, with Joya being forced to bolster her security in 2006 as she continued to speak out against the corruption of the Afghanistan government in the face of death threats.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:11
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

On Monday I had a few meetings. One of the meetings was with Dana who has been working for Beyond Words for almost a year.

Dana is Jewish and is married to Ra'id , a Muslim Bedouin man, from the Sinai desert which is part of Egypt. They have two young boys.

When Dana left the Sinai and moved to the Galilee she thought her husband would be able to join her soon but now two years have passed and Ra'id has only been allowed to come into Israel for short visits to see her and their children.

Her request for permission to have him live in Israel with them has been delayed by Israeli authorities for almost seven months.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 10:18
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

(WNN) New York: When the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations convened in New York City in mid-September, those striving to get attention for specific agendas presented their causes at satellite conferences around Manhattan.

Members of The Elders, a contingent of independent global leaders focusing on “peace and human rights,” made appearances at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Mashable Social Good Summit. Their focus: to bring awareness to the “neglected” topic of child marriage through the ‘Girls Not Brides’ platform. The campaign dictum is, “Let girls be girls and not brides.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:00
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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24

On October 31, 2000, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed resolution 1325. The resolution marked the first time that the body recognized the unique impact of armed conflict on women—and women’s undervalued role in peacebuilding. As Sanam-Naraghi Anderlini, who was a civil society drafter of the resolution, described, the resolution was spurred by the wars of the 1990s. The Bosnian conflict, the Rwandan genocide, and the peace processes in Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine, all underscored that wars were no longer isolated to front lines or battlefields. Women were being directly targeted (as in mass rapes in Rwanda), and were also instrumental in peace processes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 17:59
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 21:32

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CODEPINK Women for Peace National Organizer Rae Abileah interviews American Muslim Voice founder Samina Sundas on May 2, the morning after President Obama's announcement that Osama Bin Laden was assassinated by US forces in Pakistan.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 22:17
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Monday, 02 May 2011 15:00

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Mercy Chidi tells of her inspiration to help the girls of East Africa by creating one of the first shelters to serve their needs. Mercy founded Ripples International, one of East Africa’s most inventive AIDS relief operations (now reaching 13,000 orphans).

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2011 15:45
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