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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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[19 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Choosing Nonviolence in the Green Movement, Part 1

Ariana A.S.*
Editor’s Note: Connection Point Manager Najuan Daadleh speaks with Iranian activist Ariana A.S. about her involvement in the Green Movement.
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ND: Ariana A.S. is an activist who started her social efforts at a young age and at the grassroots level. She has always kept a low profile in order to be able to carry on her activities smoothly without the government’s notice.  When she became more active at the political level with the presidential election of 2009, she spent some hours in detention and witnessed the harsh crackdowns by the …

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[12 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Women Demonstrating in the Square

Mehrunisa Qayyum
“Zahraa Said received my excited greeting calmly and humbly; her voice is powerfully soft.  I realized that her voice echoed because she led by amplifying the voices of others–not because she possesses a loud voice like Gloria Steinem; she does not.  Instead, she amplified her voice by action–not by assuming authority or ambitious rhetoric.”
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Recognizing movements from Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square, the Goddess of Democracy Award transforms low profile grassroots efforts into globally recognized emblems of history.  Inspired by the Goddess of Liberty statue …

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[5 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Merve Kavakçı Islam: Women Belong in Elected Office

Richard Peres
Editor’s Note: The Turkish parliamentary elections, held last month, were marked by the voices of some candidates demanding their right to wear religious head coverings on the floor of parliament.  Below is Richard Peres’ interview with one of these women.  This piece originally appeared in Today’s Zaman and is reposted here with the author’s permission.
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Merve Kavakçi Islam, a strong believer in the importance of female representation in the political machinery, calls on women from all walks of life and from all creeds to run for elected office.
A lecturer …

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[21 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
This Comedienne Makes You Laugh…. and Understand Other Cultures

Mo Na
“Born in Chicago to a Palestinian father and a ½ American, ½ British Mother - the combination is so common yet so unique that it makes sense for me to want to share the silliness I’ve experienced.”
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It is 6 pm on a Wednesday in December, and once again I’m standing outside in the below-zero cold, in one of the more “questionable” areas of Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood.  I’m waiting for the Jokes and Notes comedy club to open, and in regular fashion, I have arrived early …