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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Peace X Peace Forums: We Need to Talk about Family Rights

Peace X Peace Forums: Women and the Arab Spring
Welcome to the first Peace X Peace Forum!  These forums, which we hope to host regularly, will take on pressing issues in the world of peacebuilding and gender.  This time, we have gathered women from around the Middle East – from Egypt to Tunisia and beyond – to discuss how women have influenced the Arab Spring, and the impact it has had on them.  We hope you enjoy this discussion and add your own thoughts in the comments!
To Bring Women Forward, We …

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[21 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Art and Arab Women’s Narratives: Insights from Michket Krifa

“My last words about Tunisia are that we believe in the strength of our wonderful youth, and we believe that tolerance, freedom of expression, and creativity are fundamental to building new citizenship and a strong civil society.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Tunisian author and artistic director Michket Krifa about her work in the Middle East and North Africa region and the important roles of women and art. Her responses are below.
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What inspired you to begin a career as an author and artistic director? 
I always have been interested by the …

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[14 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Pardon Me, My Daughter, Who Is Your Guardian?

Dima Ahmad Saleh
Ramallah, Palestine
“However, where there is a requirement of a guardian for a woman to get married, it dissolves her right to choice; it gives the final word to the guardian.”
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Judge: Pardon me, but where is your legal guardian?
Young Woman: I am responsible for myself.
Judge: It is illegal for a virgin to marry without the consent of her guardian.
Young Woman: I am educated! Sensible and mature! I have the right to get married without consent.
Judge decisively: No marriage will take place without the presence of your guardian.
The Islamic jurist …

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[1 Mar 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Mainstream Western Media: Let Go of the Headscarf!

-By Yasmina Mrabet
Connection Point Manager
 “The mainstream Western media would have you think that Arab and Muslim women are so deep in their oppression that they rarely, if ever, fight for their rights or speak their minds or impact any change.”
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Mainstream Western media are rampant with misconceptions about Arab and Muslim cultures, particularly when it comes to women. Stereotypes are exacerbated in movies, talk shows, and on news outlets, where many times self-proclaimed ‘experts’ with little or no cultural knowledge of the Middle East are speaking on behalf of the region …