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[16 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
The Power of Dialogue

Yasmina Mrabet
Director, Connection Point Initative
“The results are clear: Dialogue makes a difference!”
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This past fall, we launched a pilot of our Connection Point Dialogues program, bringing together women from Arab, Muslim, and Western communities around the world. The purpose was to see if dialogue could, in fact, change perceptions and build positive relationships across cultural, religious, and in this case, physical barriers. We used the Google+ Hangouts videoconferencing platform to host web-based dialogues.
Four groups of women met for two hours each week, over a seven-week period. They discussed a range of issues …

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[9 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Choosing Community Over Caution

Michele Mician
Palm Springs, CA USA 
“This year my mission is to actively respond to chaos with calm. To take negative experiences and see the good.”
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I live a wonderful life. I have two homes… one in beautiful sunny southwest Florida and one in warm, sunny, and equally beautiful southern California. My work took me to California a few years ago. It is very rewarding and I venture to say I have my dream job. I work as a sustainability manager for a small local government. My job entails working on many projects …

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[8 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Raped Twice: Marriage, Memory Assaulted Too

Inshah Malik
Kashmir
“Rape is not merely an assault on a body. Every such violation is an assault on memory which often forces women to shift from living to merely existing.”
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The gruesome gang rape that happened recently in the capital city New Delhi has shocked the Indian nation. The young woman, a 23-year-old college student, was gang raped on a private bus, and six men reportedly in a drunken state were involved in the heinous crime. The barbarity of the incident of shoving iron rod into the private organs of the girl …

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