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[13 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Muslim Woman in Zambia Confronts HIV/AIDS

Jamilla Rhoda Katambo
“When I tested HIV positive in 2005 I was shocked.  The problem that first came to my mind was, how do I tell my family? Then, how do I tell the wider community?”

I am 58 years old and have 10 children and many grandchildren.  I come from a community called Matero, one of the biggest townships in Lusaka, Zambia.  Matero has one of the largest numbers of Muslims in Lusaka, as well as a number of mosques.
When I tested HIV positive in 2005 I was shocked.  The …

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[6 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Inside Israel: An Arab-Israeli Woman’s Reflections on the 3rd Intifada

(Interview by Anna Therese Day)
“I don’t think the violence that these protests in some cases led to and the anti-Semitism against the Jewish people in general is going to serve as an efficient tool to support the Palestinian cause.”
While news of the Obama/Netanyahu stand-off attracts international headlines, the unprecedented turnout at “Nakba Day” protests in the Arab world and the subsequent call for a 3rd Intifada seem to have fallen off the media’s radar. Just weeks ago, Palestinians and Arab youth throughout the region launched unity protests on …

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[31 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Samah Saliame: How to End Honor Killings

Samah Salaime
Samah Salaime spoke with Connection Point Project Manager Najuan Daadleh about  how “the childhood trauma which resulted from [witnessing honor killings], along with [her] professional background as a social worker …” led her to found Na`am, an organization that works to end honor killings.
When I was in the ninth grade, I remember the first woman who was killed in my village. She was 15 years old and her father forced her to drink poison. They claimed that it was something to do with honor. At around the same time, …

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[16 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Malalai Joya Speaks On Behalf of the Secret Heroes and Heroines of Afghanistan

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya served as a female Parliamentarian in Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of  war criminals in the parliament. She recently published a book entitled A Woman Among Warlords and came to the United States on a speaking tour.
Connection Point Project Manager Najuan Daadleh met to talk with Malalai at Union Station in Washington DC. Below is what Malalai had to say…
My name is Malalai Joya and I am a human rights activist. In Afghanistan, democratic minded activists face many challenges, …