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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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[6 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
US, Middle East Myths on Gender Equality

Helen Rizzo
Cairo, Egypt
“A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.”
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The idea that the West and Middle East have extremely different views on gender equality has gained traction in recent years. However, feminists and progressive activists in the West and the Middle East share many values when it comes to gender equality. A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.
In both …

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[5 Sep 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Gazan Women: Resilient and Innovative

“[I want] readers to understand Gaza and its people, women included, in a different light:  not as victims of unspeakable tragedy or beggars awaiting the next aid convoy, but as human beings who are resilient and innovative despite the extreme circumstances they live under…”
Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Palestinian author Laila El-Haddad  about her  experiences, perspectives, and work as a writer and media activist. Her responses are below.
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Can you tell us a little about your personal background and experience as a Palestinian woman living in the United States, and …

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[30 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Women: What Are Your Career Dreams?

Melody R. Green
Australia
“Women of the World, I invite you to dare to dream your best and biggest career dream for yourself and your community. May all your career dreams come true, and may we change our world for the better because we dared to dream!”
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I meet many people through my work. People who are in or out of work; people who are in work they loathe doing every day and some (a rare few) who love what they do every single minute of every day! The fortunate few, you might …

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[28 Aug 2012 | 7 Comments | ]
What Does “Dialogue” Do for Peace among Israelis and Palestinians?

Richard Forer
United States

“Dialogue groups place Palestinians in a position where, in order to share their experience with Israelis, they are compelled to acquiesce to a distorted reality. If they refuse, they are perceived as  . . . disinterested in peace.”
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A couple of years ago, a secular Israeli High School refused to allow its students to form an Israel-Palestine dialogue group. Reports indicated that the school’s principal was concerned participation would reduce the rate of students serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Apparently, from the principal’s perspective, Israel’s need for security …