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Voices from the Frontlines are first-person reports on what is happening around the world, how it impacts women, and how women are building cultures of peace. We encourage submissions from everyone, including YOU!

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[23 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Reconciliation Has Been My Whole Life

Michael Henderson
Great Britain
Reconciliation has been my whole life. When I was a youth in 1947, my family attended a conference at Caux, Switzerland, a center of reconciliation set up the year before to help heal the hurts and hates which were a legacy of World War II. One side of my family were Irish Protestants who were forced to leave Ireland in 1922. My grandfather was told to leave the country by the end of the week or be shot. At the Caux conference an Irish Catholic senator spoke about …

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[22 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
What Is It to Be a Dad in Pakistan?

Naeem Harry
Pakistani dads are confused. They have a strict tribal living model that brings primitive living to their families, and very especially to the female members of the family, but they feel forced to live according to the tribal values.
The electronic media play an important role in the life of a Pakistani dad. Here he comes to know the other cultures, very especially the western culture. This culture he finds too free and modern, which he thinks does not match with his Pakistani culture. How he should bring up his …

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[18 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Cheyla McCormack
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, sang the ’70s rock band Three Dog Night. The one woman in three around the world who will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime knows that “one” is also the deadliest number that you’ll ever know.
My mother became “one” when my father would grab her hair to force her to face him, giving him a clear shot at pummeling and slapping her face. One day, to stop him, she picked up the scissors and …

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[18 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Building Peace through Arts Education

US and India
I got an early start in peace and justice because I witnessed extreme poverty and privilege at a young age. I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, and spent many summers in Mumbai, India. I sometimes say that I did my schooling here and my growing up in India.
Those months were like years. They opened my eyes to how unfair things are on this planet. My cousins in India all wished they could live in the U.S. like me. I decided then to live my life to …