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[2 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
What I Learned Dancing with Grannies

Ilonka Wloch
United States
Editor’s note: How do you worship?  How do you relieve stress? Ilonka Wloch found an outlet for both in a weekly gathering of older women with one goal in mind: to dance.
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One day, my friend Eleanor asked me if I’d like to go dancing with her on Wednesday. I love to dance, so I said yes. She explained that it’s a handful of women who get together regularly at a small church converted into a dance hall. Hmm.
The following week, we carpooled from our little coastal town to …

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[30 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Daughters Meant Nothing: The Problem of Gendercide

An Anonymous woman from South Asia and Beverly Hill
“Imagine an affluent and well educated professional woman. This woman cherished her two daughters and loved them dearly, yet her friends and family always expressed pity or sympathy that she had only daughters.”
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The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 117 million women are “missing” in the world due to selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect, and (for older women) lack of access to food and shelter.  (See announcement. http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/8542)  All these atrocities constitute gendercide, or femicide.  Each year we lose almost 2 million …

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[26 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study

- By Kamla Bhasin
India

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study.
Girl, why should you study?
The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.
Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.
To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must …

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[25 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Finding the Humanitarian G-spot

Angelica Arbulu

“I am wearing large overalls and am but a couple of months away from maternity leave myself. It dawns on us that there isn’t a chance in hell I’m going to get that job. ”
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I was reading a recent post by J. at Tales From the Hood about “local” being an article of faith in the Church of Aid, and it occurred to me that Gender is the G-spot.
You know I’m right. You just cannot (and certainly should not) have a document, meeting, program or strategy that does not address gender. Depending on the place …