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[18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Can Women Change the Story of the Niger Delta?

Emem Okon
Niger Delta, Nigeria
“The whole fight for resource control has led to the eruption and escalation of all manner of conflict and violence in the Niger Delta. It’s all about power and control in light of the oil revenue.”
I am a community mobilizer with a passion for mobilizing women for action, for peace, and for their rights. I work with Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre in oil-impacted towns and villages – that is, areas where the oil companies are drilling – in the Niger Delta.
Here, we have Shell, we …

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[16 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Post-Kony 2012 Directive: Get Back Behind the Camera!

Alia Rasheed
“Film can be used as a tangible tool of peace and unity.  But transformative films have to be nurtured.  Filmmakers have to be nurtured.”

Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2004), was once asked in an interview how he felt about the disappointing performance his 2007 film criticizing the Iraq war, In the Valley of Elah, had at the box office.  He simply responded, “You don’t do pictures because the audience is ready for them.  You do them because there’s something gnawing at you, something inside.”
Haggis’s words …

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[12 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll
Below is an excerpt describing Uncornered Market authors Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll’s train journey from Iran to Turkey.  We here at Peace X Peace love it because it cuts through news stories painting Iran as a foreign and forbidding land and introduces us to ordinary Iranians.
“Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year — hopping a train en route from Tehran …

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[9 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
How Do Young Girls Become Leaders? A Photo Essay

Claire Charamnac
Nepal/United States
“In these images I was looking for confidence and strength. Hope and possibility are not enough, because this world needs leaders more than dreamers. “
Women LEAD is a leadership development organization that empowers young women to become leaders. We have empowered more than 200 young girls to become leaders in their schools and communities. Our programs nurture leadership through training, internships, social entrepreneurship, and school leadership.
In March, we teamed up with photographer Ewen Bell to show the many different and wonderful girls who participate in Women LEAD. The …