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[14 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Finding My Humanity in South Africa

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt

“I told them that although I wept most of the time, I also laughed a lot, and that even in the time I felt great pain, I also found comfort and strength. I told them that when I cried feeling the pain of others, I felt very human, and that solidarity is the essence of humanity.”
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Being a human rights educator who struggles for human rights in Egypt, I was selected to attend a course on Applied Conflict Transformation by the Action Support Centre in Johannesburg in which …

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[12 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Femin Ijtihad: Islamic Perspectives on Women’s Rights

Deya Bhattacharya
Calcutta, India

“At one time, inspired, I worked hard at creating this organization. Now I feel it is creating me…” -Natasha Latiff, Director, Femin Ijtihad
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Femin Ijtihad began, as most things begin, with a story.
Inspired by a story about an Afghan girl’s defiance of the Taliban, a young law student undertook a journey to Afghanistan. There she conducted field research on the construction of Afghan rape laws that involved the participation of several judges, lawyers, MPs, and professors in Kabul. It was during this research that she realized there was a …

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[9 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Jerusalem, I Sat Crying

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“They will light up cigarettes and wait for their turn to enter Jerusalem—if they are deemed legitimate, acceptable, human.”
I pull out of Beit Hanina, the East Jerusalem suburb where I live, and turn onto the main road towards Ramallah. Traffic is light. It is only 6:30 am. In less than one hour, cars will fill the street and spill onto the sidewalks like raspberry, orange, and grape candies forgotten to rot and collect dust. They will elbow their way through the roundabout, the space between them only …

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