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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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[19 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Peace Is Sexy – Yes, We Said It!

Nawal Rajeh interviewed Marianne Perez de Fransius, founder and visionary of Peace is Sexy, a tool for redefining peace and the media.
How did your interest in peace and media begin?
My whole foray into the world of peace started at Georgetown University studying at the School of Foreign Service. I applied for this grant called the Circumnavigators Fellowship.  The only requirement was that you had to go to at least six countries on three different continents during the summer between junior and senior year. My proposal looked at conflict resolution through …

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[19 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Still Standing: My Years with Women in Black

Judith Berlowitz
California, United States
My association with Women in Black began nearly 25 years ago, when I responded to an ad on the back page of the local free press, calling on women to dress in black and to stand silently on a Berkeley street corner each Friday at noon, to protest the illegal occupation of Palestine.  Political activism seems to be in the family DNA, and I still have a letter from my mother, written in the 1950’s, in which she said “Israel is using napalm against their cousins, the …

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[15 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
End Violations of Women’s Peace

Anonymous*
Adelaide, South Australia
This article is written in honor and tribute to the lives of girls and women who have suffered at the hand of violence. The assault against the female gender globally is barbaric, and for any human being to ignore the violation of women’s peace and safety is simply morally wrong. I personally feel so impacted by the recent newspaper stories of the gang rape of women that I have dedicated my time to discuss this issue with the broader reading community in hope that it will trigger action …

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[13 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Writing Is An Expression of Activism

Jean Bolen
United States 
“Activism is a personal choice. It is a passion for a cause expressed through actions, funding, communication, as well as prayer, rituals, and art.”
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I wrote this sister book/sequel to The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World  for heart-centered activists who are motivated to act by compassionate action, a sense of sisterhood, or fierce mother bear protectiveness which is a combination of love and outrage. I wrote it when efforts for a 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) encountered obstacles and resistance even after the UN Secretary General …