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[14 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Rallying Cry in Tunisia: The Will to Live

 
Inès Riahi
Tunisia
This week marks two months since the culminating events of Tunisia’s revolution. In an interview with Connection Point’s Najuan Daadleh, a young doctor talks about the current situation in Tunisia and describes what she sees for the future of her country.
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Ines, can you please introduce yourself?
I am Inès Riahi; I live in Tunis the capital of Tunisia. I am 32 years old and I am a doctor specializing in otorhinolaryngology (the specialization which treats problems related to ears, nose, and neck pathologies). I studied at the University of …

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[11 Mar 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
World, I Am Ready. Are You?

Yasmine El Baggari
Morocco
What does America look like through the eyes of a young woman from an Arab country?
Yasmine — a 17-year old Moroccan girl spending one year in high school in Kansas — shares her view.
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As a 10-year-old girl watching American movies in Morocco, I screamed with excitement at the huge buildings, the yellow cabs, the lights, and New York City. I said my dream aloud to myself, and felt something deep within stir. Five years later, the honor I had won to travel to San Francisco to …

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[7 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Iraqi Women Lead in the Struggle for Rights

Yanar Mohammed
Iraq
The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) has taken to the streets to ensure that women are a visible presence in Iraq’s struggle for rights and freedoms. On March 4th, OWFI President Yanar Mohammed shared this update on the continuing demonstrations.
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Last Friday, February 25, was a historic day in Iraq. The revolution earthquakes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya sent shockwaves in our direction. The main squares of most Iraqi cities were filled with protestors raising same demands of providing electricity, employment, an end to governmental corruption, and a plea …

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[3 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Tunisia’s Revolution and Women’s Obvious Involvement

Sana Choyakh
Tunisia

On January 14th, the world’s attention turned to Tunisia when, after weeks of citizen protests, the nation’s president resigned. Tunisia was the first of several nations in the Middle East and North Africa to see its people rising up and demanding that their voices be heard and heeded.
On this past Sunday, Najuan Daadleh spoke with a Tunisian woman, Sana Choyakh, about her views on the unfolding events in her country and the involvement of women. Even as Najuan and Sana spoke, the situation in Tunisia continued to evolve.

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Sana, please …