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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[10 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Teaching Special Education in Saudi: A Lebanese Woman’s Perspective

Dima Hallab
“Although it is not highlighted in the mainstream media, the world must recognize that Saudi Arabia invests in its women, and its women in turn are investing in their country.”
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I am often surprised by the way that women living in Saudi Arabia are perceived by the rest of the world as a result of the mainstream media. As a Lebanese woman living and working in this country alongside women from Saudi and other countries for almost four years, my experience has been entirely different than what has been presented …

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[26 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sustaining Arab Empowerment

Haifa Al Kaylani
“The statistics … confirm an uncomfortable disconnect between the numbers of women who are highly educated and running communities, businesses, and indeed countries, and the fact that women are still paid less than their male counterparts.”
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In the past decade, the world has witnessed extraordinary progress in terms of the participation of Arab women in their economies, their societies, and their communities. The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) is very proud to be at the forefront of international empowerment discourse, advocating sustainable, responsible change and ensuring that the …

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Determining Development Priorities: A Palestinian Right

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“Even well-meaning individuals sometimes fail to ‘get’ how certain ways of giving can entrench rather than challenge the power imbalance between givers and receivers.”
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Palestinian women sometimes respond to international feminist critiques with a rhetorical question: “Why would I want equal rights with my husband when he has no rights?” It is a provocative question. It is based on a belief that is common in Palestine and elsewhere: Women’s struggles are intimately intertwined with struggles for national self-determination, human rights for all, and peace.
Dalia Association approaches self-determination from …

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[18 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Women, Power Players in War and Peace

Abigail E. Disney
 
“The biggest barrier to effecting social change and ridding the world of conflict is the belief that war is natural, and therefore inevitable.”
 
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Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviews Abigail E. Disney, filmaker and 2009 recipient of the Peace X Peace Peace Media award.
 
What sparked your interest in peacebuilding and social change?
 
Having worked with grassroots organizations both domestically and overseas, I have come to realize that women leaders have strikingly similar approaches to social problems whether they are working in Afghanistan or Brooklyn.  The passion is rooted in women’s …