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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 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]
Where Are Kashmiri Women in Conflict Mitigation, Nation-Building?

Nyla Ali Khan
“Although women of Kashmir have been greatly affected by the armed insurgency and counterinsurgency in the region, they are largely absent in decision-making bodies at the local, regional, and national levels.”
The confluence of religious nationalism, secular nationalism, and ethnic nationalism create the complexity of the Kashmir issue. The political asphyxiation of a viable trajectory for Kashmir has further vitiated the political space, mainstream and separatist, of Kashmir. There is a plethora of opinions about the political, cultural, religious, and social complexity of Kashmir.  Jammu and Kashmir (J & …

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[18 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Hope from Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Bethlehem, Palestine 
“We are hopeful because history is not static.”
Thumbing its nose at the international community in this holiday season, the Israeli government is going ahead with building thousands of housing units in existing and new Jewish colonization settlements in the Bethlehem and Jerusalem areas. After living 29 years in the US, it is not easy to be living in Bethlehem area.  Life can be at times hard, exhilarating, depressing, fun, and hopeful. Israel occupied this area in 1967, but the landscape had begun to change well before that. In 1948, …

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[13 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Do Pigs Fly – Or Is This a Matter of Human Rights?

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“It’s a matter of human security, livelihoods, sanitation, and well-being. It’s a matter of human rights.”
I sat on the far side of a large, plain room in the municipality building in Zawiya village in the West Bank governorate of Salfit. On the other side of the room, six local men were introducing themselves. I was there to do research for an article about community philanthropy, and I promise I will write that article, but first I need to write about wild pigs.
Wild pigs?
“Mansour is so big,” one …

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[29 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Women, Art, and Social Change: Insights from Boushra Almutawakel

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Yemeni photographer Boushra Almutawakel about the inspiration behind her work, and her perspectives on women, art, and social change. Her responses are below.

Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as an artist?
I was born in Sana’a, Yemen in 1969 and grew up, along with two of my three siblings, in my great grandmother’s house in the old city in the Sailah.
My father was a soldier and a revolutionary, and when the monarchy was …