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[23 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Knowing the Revolution by Heart

Caroline Ayoub
Damascus, Syria
“I had decorated Easter chocolate eggs with ribbons, and on each ribbon I wrote a verse from both the Bible and the Quran, because I wanted the Syrian children to be aware of our unity.”
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Throughout the past year many came to understand the complexities of the Syrian society, and women’s roles in this society are no exception. The male/female roles in Syrian society have changed a lot since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. Many Syrian women who had been prisoners to a routine lifestyle broke the status …

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[23 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
The New Red Line in Syria: One American's Perspective

Elaine Tucci
United States 

“What if this woman were your neighbor? Would you take notice then? Can you imagine living in such an environment? You might want to try. It might be time to tune in.”
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Humans are very good at creating false boundaries. We have carved up our continents into approximately 196 nations (we still squabble about some of these) and so divided we stand. We have frontiers for expanding (or seizing), margins for pushing, precincts to cast our vote, confines and limitations to overcome, fences to keep in or out, and of …

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[22 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Who Profits from Women's Humiliation?

Sabina Pstrocki-Šehović
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The worst in the chain of female degradation are the profiteers who ‘get all the gold.’”
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Some time ago the notorious rape in India shook the world, and for some time it was discussed as a tragedy and horror across the globe. In Bosnia, when I read an article about an almost equally horrible rape in Zivinice, where a minor girl was raped by several men, no one talked about it. Because here, rape and humiliation is everyday practice in diverse social contexts―even at home. The article was …

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