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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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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
US Congress: Give Us a National Women’s History Museum!

We interviewed Joan Wages, CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, about her work and efforts to highlight the many contributions of women to US history. Her responses are below.
What is the National Women’s History Museum, and why is it important?
It is important because even today, only one in ten figures in history books is  a woman, and less than 8% of the statues in our national parks are of women leaders. Even in our nation’s capital building, only 13 of the 217 statues are women. The point is that …

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[20 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
From the Heart of Conflict in Sri Lanka, Women Build Peace

Visaka Dharmadasa
Sri Lanka
“We the women of Sri Lanka believe that together we can bring back the golden era of this country, when the Sri Lankan women adorned with jewels were able to travel alone from the northern to the southern tip securely.” -Association of War Affected Women, Sri Lanka
September 27th, 1998, is the day that the war came to my doorstep. I received the news that my second son, an officer in the Sri Lankan Army, was missing in action from the battlefield. From that day on I have …

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[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Building Women for Peace in Nigeria

Naomi E. N. Akpan-Ita
Ogun State, Nigeria
“The longstanding practice of relegating women to the background has prevented the recognition and appreciation of the role of women in peace processes and decision-making matters.”
Imagine a world where women are allowed full participation and recognition. A world where women are given the space to express their hopes and fears for creating and ensuring peaceful, cooperative, and just societies. In Nigeria, just as in other societies across the globe, particularly in Africa, women are put into an iron box of patriarchy that suppresses their full …

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[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Speak Up! Girls for Negotiation

Jenneth Macan Markar
Washington, DC, USA
“The inspiration behind the workshops developed by PROGRESS is to teach young girls the skill of negotiation, to enable them to make better lifestyle decisions and grow up to be successful women.”
This is one of two articles on PROGRESS’s inaugural workshop in Washington DC.  The first article looks at the Institution and concept behind PROGRESS. The second article will describe the workshop and its impact on the participating girls here in Washington DC.
In a society where young girls are targeted by the media as viable consumers …