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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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[2 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
It Is Too Cold: A Voice from Syria

Amal*
Syria 
“The fire was getting closer and everything that was in this house, from memories, pictures, life, was fading away in front of my eyes.”
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It is six months into the revolution. It is too cold…there is fear, anxiety, and panic on every face and I do not know what is happening. Is this the sound of thunder or the sound of shootings, the sound of women weeping together with the cries of babies?
Things I hear but do not see, searching for safety, security, and for the end of fear and sadness. In …

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[1 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and Conflict Intervention

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Tiffany Easthom, Country Director at Nonviolent Peaceforce, about strategies and challenges in peacekeeping work. Her answers are below.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what encouraged or inspired you to work in peacekeeping?
I was a “social justice” kid – I always had some cause or another that I was engaged in from a very young age, so arriving into an adult career doing this kind of work has been a natural path.  My undergraduate degree is in Justice and …

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[27 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Arab American Woman Works to Make Peace

Karin Kemp
United States
“What [the attacks] confirmed to me was that as a member of any immigrant community, you can not live on the periphery of society. People cannot speak on your behalf or defend you if they do not know you,” she said.
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In 2012, when insurgents were unleashing a string of attacks across Iraq, who would have dared take on the task of bringing warring religious factions together in face-to-face talks?
That would be Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, an immigrant to the U.S. from the Middle East and founder of Kommon Denominator, a …

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[26 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
Reporting on Rape and Sexual Violence: A Media Toolkit

Claudia Garcia-Rojas of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women talks to Peace X Peace staff member Nawal Rajeh about  Reporting on Rape and Sexual Violence: A Media Toolkit for Local and National Journalists to Better Media Coverage.
What are your beginnings of work with the Chicago Taskforce and this Media Toolkit?
I got involved first with the Chicago Taskforce in 2010 and have been a part of the organization for 3 years. In January of 2012 I was promoted to take over the Chicago Taskforce. While I was …