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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Roots of Justice, Green Shoots of Hope

-By Mary Liepold
Editor In Chief
The priority theme for this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women is the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication. Nothing is more basic than food, and hunger is a women’s issue for some basic reasons.

Women grow the largest share of the world’s food and own only a tiny fraction of the land where it is grown. (Across Africa, it’s 1%, according to a 2007 World Bank report.)
The total value of women’s unpaid work―much of it in small-scale agriculture―adds …

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[9 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner:</em> MidEast Women Are Rising, Ready to Connect

-By Kimberly Weichel
I’ve just returned from a very interesting trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Gail Montplaisir, our board chair, and I went to establish relationships, build partnerships, and raise funds for our work. Our specific focus was to expand our very successful and quite unique program Connection Point, which links Arab, Muslim, and Western women via our network. There was universal interest in our program in the UAE and Bahrain and acknowledgement that this bridge-building is crucial at a time of so much change and uncertainty.
We spoke …

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[9 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace:</em>It Could Be You or Someone You Love

- by Abby Smith
Welcome February, the month of love! During this month we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day spent with the one you love. For some of us this is a great day and a much-needed break from the mundane of the day to day relationship, a chance to renew that spark. For some it is a day when we are reminded of painful memories of abuse and pain associated with the person we love. This month in PeaceTimes we are discussing violence against women, a topic I never …

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[8 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Men’s Movements Worldwide Declare Peace between the Sexes

- By Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
According to UNWomen’s first annual report, gender violence is legal in one-third of the world’s nations. Though women routinely suffer abuse in countries that criminalize it, impunity for abusers is all but certain where the culture accepts violence as normal. Fortunately for us all, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has made ending violence against women a hallmark of his tenure since he took office in 2007. He reinforced the seminal SC Resolution 1325, on Women, Peace, and Security, with resolutions 1820, 1888, and 1889, all …