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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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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Women, You Are Creating the Future

Patricia Smith Melton
I Celebrate the Women of the World!
You are the deepest heartbeat on our planet. You have roots like great trees, reaching into the earth. You have the vision of the hawks, seeing the smallest gem even if far away. You have the arms of nature’s vines, holding everything around you. Your strength and nourishment travel far, like mighty rivers.
In your hands small treasures are held, large works are created, children are fed and educated, and communities find the good in themselves.
In your dreams, you see the future. In …

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[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Miriam’s Story

Nadra Mahdi
Everything is changed. How can she hold her baby and bring him to their community when she has no husband?
What will she say when they ask her about the baby’s father? No one will believe her. It is a strange story.
But everything that happens after that is miracle. She births the baby and a voice tells her to eat from the palm tree above her and drink from the little river under her. And when anyone asks her about her baby, she must say that she has made a …

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[6 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

Ilanit Melchior
Ilanit Melchior made these remarks when she was interviewed by Patricia Smith Melton and Peace X Peace members for the book 60 Years, 60 Voices.  Melchior is Co-Director of StartUp Jerusalem. Formerly a consultant with multinational corporations, she works with business in the tourism industry to find solutions to the depressed economy. StartUp Jerusalem is an inclusive organization working with both Arabs and Jews, secular and religious.
What is courage? Courage is the ability to say, “I was wrong.” It is when leaders can look in the mirror and say. …

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[18 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
My Art Says: No More War, Anywhere, Ever!

In 1975 the Vietnam War threw me halfway around the world to Alaska so I could meet my cousins, the Aleuts and the Inuits and the Russians. Eskimo culture was my first Western culture, and it proved to me the strength of humans to survive. These were frontier women – rock the baby, skin the bear, rock the baby – doing what they had to, to survive, just like Vietnamese women.
In Alaska I could throw away the negative parts of my Eastern heritage, keep the endurance and the …