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[27 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
This Woman Did Not Choose to Leave Her Home

Nadra Mahdi
Sudan
You must see the scene first and imagine it in your mind. A beautiful Sudanese woman sells tea under the tree, beside the street. There are many little seats around her bottle of tea, with men sitting in them. They are chatting and drinking tea, coffee, and any other hot drink they wish, especially the traditional drinks (karkdi, helba, janzabeel).
Everything started from the tree. This woman comes to the street because she lost her husband or her father, and she did not graduate from college, and she has no …

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[26 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Let’s Build the Future with Our Hearts Together

Lesley Pocock
Australia
To fellow citizens of planet earth, We have evolved to the point where we are the universe contemplating the universe, yet at the same time we have all but destroyed our only vehicle into the future – planet earth. The true path of civilisation lies beyond wars and greed which is non-history; beyond individual ownership and to a genuine sharing of all planetary resources, not just with the members of our current generations of humans – but with humans across time and space.
It has not started yet, our real …

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[19 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]
Let’s Celebrate This Month Dedicated to Women

Alaha Ahrar
Afghanistan
Let’s celebrate during this month dedicated to women. Women are the potential of a society. Women are those who provide us with peaceful lives in our homes. It is women whose hearts are full of love, peace, and forgiveness. Women face lots of challenges but with determination, strength, and total confidence they cope with all obstacles and try to provide their families and societies with a beautiful tomorrow.
Women have been the major inspiration and the most important guide to each and every member of society. Women are not …

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[19 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
The Girl Child Network Turned Ten on March 21

Betty Makoni
Zimbabwe
Nineteen ninety nine to Oh Oh nine !!!!!!!!
I have seen them all
Shockers and shakers
Starters and strugglers
Winners and losers
Nineteen ninety nine to Oh Oh nine!!!!!!
Girls of power
And girls of the poor with great potential
Girls destined
And girls distanced
I have seen them all in one decade
Organizations of friends
And organizations of foes
Organizations infiltrated
And organizations filtered
Oh oh nine!!!!!!!
Directors who founded organizations
And directors who find organizations
Directors who make sense
And directors who make cents
Directors of passion
And directors of pastime
Staff who perform
And staff who perforate
Staff who give excuses
And staff who give excesses
Boards that stay on board
And …