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[11 Oct 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Leena-Maija Talikka: Linking Finland and Morocco

-Interview by Yasmina Mrabet, Connection Point Director
Leena -Maija Talikka, our Connection Point Award honoree is founding president of Friends of Morocco in Finland. The association promotes intercultural exchange and mutual education between Moroccan and Finnish women as well as economic empowerment for Moroccan women.
Can you tell us about your personal background and inspiration for founding the association Friends of Morocco in Finland? Why was it important for you?
In 1995 I traveled to Morocco with my mother and my friend.  It was a holiday season. I immediately felt a connection with …

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[10 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Sara Potler, Dance 4 Peace: Inspiring Social Change through the Art of Movement

-Interview by Corinne Mitchell, Administration and Outreach Manager
Sara Potler, the 2012 Generation Peace Award winner, is the founder of Dance 4 Peace. Since 2007 the program has worked with over 5,542 youth in 15 cities on 4 continents to inspire social change through the art of movement. Sara values turning young people and adults into leaders and sharing ownership to ensure that the Dance 4 Peace movement is sustainable beyond herself.
Where did the idea for Dance 4 Peace come from?
Dance 4 Peace began as part of my Fulbright Scholarship in …

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[9 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Aditi Bhaduri: Journalism Rooted in Empathy

-Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor-in-Chief
Aditi Bhaduri is an independent journalist who uses the media to inspire action for change. Her stories consistently highlight women who build peace in regions wracked by conflict, promote healing for conflict survivors, and resist injustice. Though based in India, she has a particular interest in the Middle East. She has reported for Haaretz (Israel), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Gulf News (UAE), Newsline (Pakistan), and Women’s eNews (USA), as well as Women’s Feature Service, The Deccan Herald, and other Indian media outlets.
What pointed you in the …

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[8 Oct 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Somy Ali: Philanthropist “President and Plumber” Changes Women’s Lives

- Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
The Peace Philanthropy Award goes to Somy Ali, founder of the nonprofit No More Tears, which assists survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Ali spent her early years between Pakistan, India, and the US, earning acclaim as a Bollywood actress and model before settling in the US  to attend college. She has contributed more than $200,000 of her own money to the Florida-based organization, and works personally with each of the survivors it assists.
You’ve done so many things in your life, Somy! If I …