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[2 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Fresh Ashes

The Reverend Evon Marie Lloyd
First Presbyterian Church
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Last December the organist/choir director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)congregation I serve as pastor was shot to death during the first hymn of our Sunday morning worship service. We have been through quite a process of healing ever since and it will continue for some time yet to come.
This poem was written upon the occasion of burning my pastor’s robe, which I had used to cover my friend and organist immediately after she had been shot and while she died.
In the wake of continued pain and suffering around the globe I …

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[1 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Sexual violence as a peacetime-wartime continuum

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“Wartime gender discrimination and violence is proof of a prevalent undercurrent of socio-cultural dynamics that speak of gender discrimination in peacetime.”
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That gender-based and sexual violence is a weapon of war, and a painfully common occurrence in nearly every warfront, is a fact. What is obscure, and perhaps little considered in the strategies developed to tackle sexual violence, is that it is as rooted in peacetime as it is in wartime. Gender violence is ubiquitous and exists as a phenomenon in a continuum of sorts between peacetime and wartime.
In both peacetime …

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[24 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Feminist by Any Other Name Smells Just as Sweet

Alessandra L. González
United States 
“They didn’t have to call themselves feminists to fight for women’s equality in public and private life.”
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The first Kuwaiti I ever met told me straightforwardly, “I am a feminist.” Then she gave me a book entitled Women in Kuwait by Haya Al-Mughni and said, “Take a look at this.” And thus began my seven-year journey into the topic of women and politics in the majority Muslim country of Kuwait. As I began my graduate studies, I had a family connection that enabled me to travel to Kuwait, and …

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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Fade

Fade
By Mariam Shoaib, Pakistan
I could turn up the volume on the news,
but there are bills to pay.
Grasping for the car keys,
the anchor repeats the alert.
News keeps  breaking,
breaking new  records of  domestic terrror and
drone-aided calamities.
Quick glance, is it Peshawer, or Karachi?
If I wait any longer,
the banks will close,
who can bear late charges in this economy?
I could slow down my car at the chowk,
weaving around the men,
women,
children protesting,
asking “What are you demanding today?’
But I have been in line for over 3 hrs,
and  still need my job,
so in the rearview signboards and chants,
like numerous …

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