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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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[18 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed award-winning teacher John Hunter about the lessons and inspiration behind his groundbreaking World Peace Game, discussed in his new book World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. His answers are below.
What inspired you to create the World Peace Game? Did you see a gap in the learning process when it came to teaching about global conflict?
It was my first teaching job – the very first thing I did as a teacher 35 years ago. It came about because my supervisor didn’t tell me what to …

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[11 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Connecting, Inspiring, and Educating Women and Girls

Uraidah Hassani
New York, New York
“We envision a global community of women and girls who believe in their self-worth, are informed and smart decision-makers, and are motivated to be leaders and change-makers in their own communities.” – Uraidah Hassani, Founder and Executive Director, The Women Worldwide Initiative
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The persistence of gender inequities and poverty in all regions and countries across the globe is the most pressing and enduring issue of our time. The Women Worldwide Initiative believes that education and leadership training are crucial for women and girls to secure equal rights …

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[11 Apr 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Muslim Angel: A Poem

Muslim Angel: A Poem
By 2Deep the Poetess
 
Rush Hour
Dim light
The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by
Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency
Conformed to public transportation etiquette
Confined
Blending
Silenced
Until
Muslim angel,
Because such a thing exists,
Dressed in full, all white garb
Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,
Magnifying her faith 10 times over,
Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance
Previous attempts brushed off by head turns
Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her
Popping like bullets of insults
As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face
As if to say, “Look at what we can do …

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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms

Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms
After Frida Kahlo’s ‘What the Water Gave Me’
By Sarah D. Lawson
 
It is hard to know how much time has passed
inside this well. There is no minute
hand, only palms and the pruning, the nails
peeling away from their fingers
like old paint-

the love lost on the ocean floor
the flowers you left in the water by my bed-
each bloom, the happiest little death.
 
These are the pieces of me the water gives back.

 
Every molecule every thorn every dead
skin cell shedding a new opening.

sadness is its own kind of submersion,
a …