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[1 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
I Am a Woman, Count Me In!

Jasmin Nario-Galace
Philippines
“I use every power in my tiny frame to ensure state support for gender inclusion. I tirelessly walk the halls of the conference rooms, approaching delegates, reminding them to engender the agreement. I email them. I give them lobby materials. I peacefully nag them until they see the words “gender language” written all over my face.”
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For as long as I remember, I had issues with the use of the word “man” when a speaker in front of me actually refers to both women and men. Whenever the parable on …

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[1 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Power of Women and Mentorship

Corinne Mitchell
Washington, DC, USA
“They may be from different cultures or backgrounds, but all share an unwavering desire for peace.”
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What an exciting time this has been for the Peace Through Mentorship program! Now in its third season, the program has grown beyond our wildest expectations. For this round, we received over 200 applications from all corners of the globe. The fall session comprises 60 pairs of women from over 40 different countries.
This third session officially kicked off September 4, and the enthusiasm from the participants so far has been overwhelming. The …

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[26 Sep 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
A Complicated Matter: The Role of Women, Patriarchy in Egypt

Nadine Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt
“Morsi’s conservative stance on the place of women in society is empathetic to the predominant Egyptian family model, but it is unrelated to the mounting mistreatment of women in the public sphere.”
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A young Egyptian artist participating in a public art workshop put up posters around the city–one in Tahrir Square on the eve of elections–of an Egyptian man and woman holding hands and smiling. In each case, she returned to find that the posters were vandalized or torn down. Why? The friendly couple was mixed. In each image, …

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