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The Global Room for Women Announces a New Model For Nonviolence through Live Scalable Global Conversations Between American Women and Women Activists in the Middle East

American Women from Seattle to Boston Step Over Headlines of Mass Street Demonstrations to Talk Personally and Directly with the “Courageous Women of Budrus”, a Tiny Palestinian Village, that Galvanized an International Nonviolent Movement Uniting the Most Divided People on Earth and Still Gaining Ground Today

Budrus is an award-winning documentary film based on the true story of a tiny Palestinian village (by the same name) that successfully led one of the Middle East’s most successful non-violent protests – thwarting construction of the Separation Wall through their land. When a women’s contingency moves in, it is led by a 15-year-old girl, Iltezam Morrar, who steps in front of a moving Israeli bulldozer with breathtaking courage. She galvanizes her village women, working with Israeli supporters and inspires an international non-violent movement still gaining ground today.

Julia Bacha, Director of Budrus, her co-producers and women activists featured in the film highlight a very important, yet unfortunately overlooked aspect of the process of nonviolent demonstrations and that is the role of women. In a Global Room for Women Teleconference Series, American women from every conceivable socio-economic background will step up to listen and talk with the women of Budrus about how their unusual small steps of courage and moderation proved in the end to be the single most  powerful anecdote to extremism. Despite a chorus of naysayers about lasting peace and lack of attention by international media, the story of Budrus and its women are at the heart of what really works and the focal point of the Series.

As an all new safe virtual space for women’s dialogue on relevant issues, the Global Room for Women is the first-ever scalable platform that provides American women access to real-time, direct conversations by phone with an array of diverse women living in war-torn regions who are reshaping the landscape for women and girls’ lives.

“We designed The Global Room for Women to be convenient and easily adapted to a woman’s busy schedule, whether she’s a teacher, an executive or a soccer mom. We invite women to take a step outside their comfort zone, come as they are, when their schedules permit. All they need to do is pick up the telephone and an entire global community of women is waiting to engage with them,” says GRW founder Linda Higdon. “The real beauty of this model is that we bring women from far-reaching areas of the world directly to busy U.S. women and can include hundreds of women across the country on each call, while creating an intimate experience through small breakout conversations.  There is nothing like this out there for American women,” adds Higdon.

Although these courageous women are likely not visible in the Western media news cycle, they are working under the radar to make real change from the bottom up. “We are continually amazed at the degree to which women on each side of the conversation are benefitting from listening to the experience of the other. They have been looking and almost longing for an unedited direct channel of their own, tuned into their frequency as  women,” adds Higdon.

Who are these women who are so driven by a fierce determination to build peace?

  • An award-winning filmmaker, human rights advocate and Middle East media strategist, Ronit Avni is the Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, a non-profit that creates media about Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders working in nonviolence. Ronit is the film’s Executive Producer. 
  • ulia Bacha is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked on films exhibited at the Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Dubai Film Festivals, and broadcast on  BBC, HBO, Sundance, CBC and Al Arabiya television. Most recently, Julia directed/ produced Budrus (2009). After premiering at the Cultural Bridge Gala film at the Dubai Film Festival, Budrus won the Audience Award, second prize, at the Berlin International Film Festival. Julia is the Director and Producer of Budrus. 
  • A seasoned Palestinian-Israeli facilitator, Irene Nasser is Just Vision’s Senior Manager in Jerusalem. She oversees programs for diverse Palestinian and Israeli communities, discussions that are issues-based and provides program evaluation and trauma management. Her expertise is in conflict resolution and identity, and the role of oral history in forming the identity of Palestinians in Israel.
  • At the age of 15, Iltezam Morrar launched a women’s contingency of the unarmed movement in Budrus. She was the first villager to succeed in getting past the Israeli border police and stopping a bulldozer. Her fearlessness galvanized the entire village and affirmed the importance of women in the movement.
  • Rula is Just Vision’s outreach liaison in Palestine. As one of the producers of Budrus she played a key role interviewing film subjects and coordinating crews. She is a former journalist who covered issues pertaining to Palestinian society. She was a founder of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation.

Members pay a small fee ($30-50) per series of calls and there is no limit to how many they can attend. Each woman chooses her own experience. After each call many engage with each other as a living global community. Through “My Global Room,” a social networking space, they live chat, organize, and take next steps.  The Global Room site supports actions, initiatives, projects, resources, and success stories emerging continuously within the community. To learn about the upcoming roster of speakers or to register, click www.globalroomforwomen.com/events.html
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The Global Room for Women Proudly Announces a Special Guest Appearance from Dr. Sakena Yacoobi “Afghanistan’s Mother of Girls’ Schools” and Internationally Acclaimed Activist as Featured in the New York Times Bestseller, Half the Sky

American Women from Upstate New York to the Redwoods of California Join Beloved Champion for Girls’ Education in Afghanistan, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, in a Rare and Intimate Virtual Conversation beyond Reports of the Taliban and Terrorism

On November 16, 2011 Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning will gift scores of American women with her personal story of fortitude, courage, and leadership in a SPECIAL LIVE GLOBAL ROOM FOR WOMEN TELECONFERENCE.

Sakena built the Institute just as the Taliban came into power at a time when over 6 million Afghan refugees were living on the border of Pakistan and girls were prohibited from getting an education. She pioneered a system of underground schools and health care services for women and girls. She’s risked raids, floggings, imprisonment and even her own life.

Since the overthrow of the Taliban and after two decades the AIL has provided over 350,000 women and children access to education and health care in a system that not only serves them but is run by them – a model pioneered by Sakena. AIL has played a critical role in the reconstruction of Afghan society with now over 42 distinct programs sites and education learning centers.

From a recent interview with the Council for the Parliament of World Religions (Chicago) Sakena revealed modestly, “We started school and after school and continued through today so we now have about 17,000 teachers…. We offered workshops and 5,000 people came. So far, we have reached a million people inside Afghanistan and provide services for 350,000 women and children. It’s a great impact but still, we have a 13 million population and 7 million to reach – but it’s a start.”

Sakena is popularly known for her appearance in the New York Times Bestseller, Half the Sky. Her awards are numerous and can be found at www.creatinghope.org. She serves on the Board for Global Fund for Women, special guest at the Parliament of World Religions, Australia 2009, nominated in 2005 for the collective 1000 women Nobel Peace Prize. She is an Ashoka Senior Fellow, awarded the 2005 Democracy Award of the National Endowment for Democracy and the Women’s Rights Prize from the Peter Gruber Foundation.

As an all new safe virtual space for women’s dialogue on relevant global issues of women, the Global Room for Women is the first-ever scalable platform that provides American women access to real-time, direct conversations by phone with an array of diverse women living in war-torn regions who are reshaping the landscape for women and girls’ lives. Stereotypes, biases, and cultural assumptions are upended by real dialogue and agreements for conversations members make to one another while in the Global Room for Women.

“We designed The Global Room for Women to be convenient and easily adapted to a woman’s busy schedule, whether she’s a teacher, an executive or a soccer mom. We invite women to take a step outside their comfort zone, come as they are, when their schedules permit. All they need to do is pick up the telephone and an entire global community of women is waiting to engage with them,” says GRW founder Linda Higdon. “The real beauty of this model is that we bring women from far-reaching areas of the world directly to busy U.S. women and can include hundreds of women across the country on each call, while creating an intimate experience through small breakout conversations.  There is nothing like this out there for American women,” adds Higdon.

Although these courageous women are likely not visible in the Western media news cycle, they are working under the radar to make real change from the bottom up. “We are continually amazed at the degree to which women on each side of the conversation are benefitting from listening to the experience of the other. They have been looking and almost longing for an unedited direct channel of their own, tuned into their frequency as women,” adds Higdon.

Members pay a small fee ($30-50) per series of calls and there is no limit to how many they can attend. Each woman chooses her own experience. After each call many engage with each other as a living global community. Through “My Global Room,” a social networking space, they live chat, organize, and take next steps.  The Global Room site supports actions, initiatives, projects, resources, and success stories emerging continuously within the community. To learn about the upcoming roster of speakers or to register, click www.globalroomforwomen.com/sakena-yacoobi.html

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The Global Room for Women Launches National Campaign Alliance “Let’s Stand With Women Shaping a New Middle East”

Connecting Fearless Women Change Agents of the Middle East with American Women from the Streets of Brooklyn to the Coast of California


An alliance of American organizations, convened by the Global Room for Women, launches a national campaign and declaration of solidarity and friendship with women peace builders in the Middle East fueling a new surge of optimism throughout the region. In support of their recent courageous and inventive work on the frontlines of revolutions, uprisings, and war they have harnessed new social media tools and strategies of non-violent protest to topple decades-old regimes and outmoded systems. Current members of the alliance include CODE PINK, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Peaceful Tomorrows, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Global Oneness Project, Women’s Peace Collection, Prosperity Candle, Circle Connections, American Muslim Voice, Bay Area Women in Black, Democracy in Action, the SOP, Just Vision, Women’s Alliance for Democratic Iraq, Principle Pictures, Weaving the World, and Global Room for Women.


Members of the alliance and women across the country will meet women peace builders, straight from the frontlines in Gaza, Pakistan, Egypt, and Bahrain – women changing the world one step at a time, in the midst of an unprecedented degree of war, revolution and uncertainty besieging their communities every day. And despite a chorus of naysayers about their prospects for real and lasting peace, these women utilize their passion to fuel their work, while American women from every conceivable socio-economic background  step up to listen to and learn from them. This all takes place in the safe virtual space called The Global Room for Women, the first-ever scalable platform that provides American women access to real-time, direct conversations by phone with an array of diverse women living in developing countries and war-torn regions who are reshaping the landscape for women and girls’ lives.

“We designed The Global Room for Women to be convenient and easily adapted to a woman’s busy schedule, whether she’s a teacher, an executive or a soccer mom. We invite women to take a step outside their comfort zone, come as they are, when their schedules permit. All they need to do is pick up the telephone and an entire global community of women is waiting to engage with them,” says GRW founder Linda Higdon. “The real beauty of this model is that we bring women from far-reaching areas of the world directly to busy U.S. women and can include hundreds of women across the country on each call, while creating an intimate experience through small breakout conversations.  There is nothing like this out there for American women,” adds Higdon.

Although these women may not be visible in the Western media news cycle, they are working under the radar to make real change from the bottom up. “We are continually amazed at the degree to which women on each side of the conversation are benefitting from listening to the experience of the other,” adds Higdon.

Who are these women who are so driven by a fierce determination to build peace?

•    A Muslim woman originally from Pakistan, Samina Sundas became an outsider in the United States, her home for decades, in the aftermath of 9/11. By opening her doors to all ethnicities and faith groups, she dispelled misperceptions and created groundbreaking conversations between many who thought it impossible. “After 9/11, we were living in a culture of fear and I said, ‘I am a Muslim woman and welcome to my home.’” Founder of American Muslim Voice, Samina is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize awarded by Fellowship of Reconciliation.

•    A Gaza City physician, Dr. Mona ElFarra is a builder of refugee camp cultural and health centers, and serves as Vice President of the Gazan Red Crescent Society. “For children living in camps in the Gaza Strip, the most tragic thing is the loss of hope. So we keep saying over and over ‘We Love You.’ It is our duty to provide them a chance and a right to be a child – that is our hope for our own futures and what keeps me going.”

•    The voice of young Cairo beyond the revolution – Aya Faissal’s back story reveals one woman’s ongoing adventure of joining millions of youth en mass to invoke reform in Egypt. And for her day job she uplifts those women she can – of the million people trapped in the poverty-ridden slums of Cairo. As one of only a few students studying in France prior to coming home to Egypt, she defied the headscarf law while preserving her own customs and personal identity.

•    With unrest sweeping through the Middle East, a positive counter-force is organized by youth, leveraging social media and technology – and it’s surging beneath the radar of most. Esra’a Al Shafei organized MideastYouth, a grassroots, digital network of fresh, vibrant free-thinkers and activists across North Africa and the Middle East staring down governments and historic regimes. And the West has their eyes on her work, particularly Harvard, TED Fellow Awards and Think Social.

Members pay a small fee ($12-16) per series of calls and there is no limit to how many they can attend. Each woman chooses her own experience, and there is no pressure to do more than listen. After each call many engage with each other as a living global community. Through “My Global Room,” a social networking space, they live chat after each call, organize, or keep the conversation going. Through Maestro technology, members receive one another’s contact information. The Global Room site provides and supports actions, initiatives, projects, resources, and success stories emerging continuously within the community. To learn about the upcoming roster of speakers or to register, click http://www.globalroomforwomen.com/events.html or visit our site at www.globalroomforwomen.com.

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