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[10 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Promoting Women’s Rights from the Back Seat

Vera Avalon
Oman
We all know that when women bond together with purpose, the consequences can cause drastic changes in societies. In places where women are afforded very little authority and control, such as where I live and work in rural Oman, no one likes to talk about how strong women really are. They are an inherent threat to patriarchal societies.
But what happens when there just aren’t women who want to make the change?
Battling local social frameworks and long-entrenched regulations on behalf of the local women is not only mind-bogglingly difficult, but …

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[8 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Why Not Peace?

Vahid Sadri
Iran
In the name of God who created human beings
i want to know . . .
why not peace?
why war in the world?
why are we born ?
which way are we going?
what is humanity’s grand goal?
why not peace?

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[8 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Who Represents the African Woman?

Madelein Mkunu
South Africa
Women have to play a significant role to make changes here on the continent. Women have been shuttered down for so many years, not using their potential. Men have been making the decisions without our input. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf inspires me and many others, but only about 5% of our women have access to really significant roles. That is changing-one step at a time.
Governments need women to play a role in the rebuilding of their countries. Women need access when any important decision is made. Leading Women of …

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[7 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Where Have All the Children Gone?

Tracy Hughes
Colombia
It has been three years since I last visited the communities of Florida and Ñeques, which CPT has accompanied for years, along the Opón River. I had butterflies of anticipation as CPTer Jenny Dillon and I prepared to return on 14 April 2009.
Children’s faces flashed through my mind as I tried to remember where families lived along the river. During the hour-long canoe trip, Jenny and I reviewed the children’s names. The remembering became a sort of litany. We called out a child’s name, reminded ourselves where he …

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