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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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[30 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
My Company Has a Soul

Tala Abu Taha
I am a journalist and a pioneering public relations professional. VARCC-Arabian Communications, the all-woman PR company that I founded, has both corporate and NGO clients. I work to have an income, and I know how to be as corporate as can be, but always with social responsibility.
I follow my passion, so my company has a soul. It does lots of work for nonprofits, and especially for women. I want to empower women because they are so dedicated. My pride right now is a campaign to make girls aware …

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[28 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
New Dates, Open Invitation for Meru Women’s Congress

Karambu Ringera
This is to invite you to the 2009 Women’s International Grassroots Peace organized by International Peace Initiatives (IPI) as a participant and/or workshop facilitator. IPI is hosting our 2nd Women’s International Grassroots Peace Congress in Meru, Kenya, August 20-23rd, 2009, at the Kenya Methodist University. Please plan on getting to the venue on August 19th afternoon. Pick-ups from Nairobi will be arranged.
We held our first Congress in 2005 and hosted 230 women from 14 African countries, with 5 other nations represented. Perhaps the most touching aspect of the Congress …

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[26 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part II

Zina Bhaia
by permission from
In America, I believed, no one was discriminated against because of their thoughts or ideas. And the women – like Laura in Remington Steele – were strong, as strong as American men, not like in Iraq, where women are always the shadow of a man.
Most important to me, though, was that in America and all the Western world, people like me – people with scoliosis, or amputees, blind and deaf people, those with a stutter, people in wheelchairs – are treated well. In Iraq, they are …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
My Life Has Turned into a Hopeful One

Chantal Nimugire
I grew up and lived with my grandparent (0-6 years) and with my auntie (7-16 years) the whole of my childhood. My parents were living in other places. My mother was a single mother and I didn’t know my father. This was indeed a very sad and painful experience since the families where I stayed did not care to provide for me. In this situation, I greatly realized the importance of staying with your parents.
Out of my situation, I developed love, care, compassion, and advocacy for the rights of …