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[17 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
“Heik E7na” (We Are Like This): Some Sketches from My Society

Dima Saleh
Ramallah, Palestine

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Who is the Real Babbler?!
A man in the cafe shop was telling his friend: “Women are the source of disasters…They are babblers…They have nothing but a tongue!”
While he was talking he saw a girl, so his conversation is paused so he can  turn to her and say, “Hey beautiful! What a sexy body you have! I am sure that you are going to meet your boyfriend soon!”
He turns back to his friend: “Oh I didn’t tell you? My friend caught his sister while she was walking with her …

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[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Building Women for Peace in Nigeria

Naomi E. N. Akpan-Ita
Ogun State, Nigeria
“The longstanding practice of relegating women to the background has prevented the recognition and appreciation of the role of women in peace processes and decision-making matters.”
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Imagine a world where women are allowed full participation and recognition. A world where women are given the space to express their hopes and fears for creating and ensuring peaceful, cooperative, and just societies. In Nigeria, just as in other societies across the globe, particularly in Africa, women are put into an iron box of patriarchy that suppresses their full …

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[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Speak Up! Girls for Negotiation

Jenneth Macan Markar
Washington, DC, USA
“The inspiration behind the workshops developed by PROGRESS is to teach young girls the skill of negotiation, to enable them to make better lifestyle decisions and grow up to be successful women.”
This is one of two articles on PROGRESS’s inaugural workshop in Washington DC.  The first article looks at the Institution and concept behind PROGRESS. The second article will describe the workshop and its impact on the participating girls here in Washington DC.
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In a society where young girls are targeted by the media as viable consumers …

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[10 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
Costa Rica: A Good Place to Be a Woman

Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief
Here’s the data. Costa Rica ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the international women’s bill of rights, in 1986, and its Optional Protocol in 2001. (The US has yet to ratify it.)
An Act Promoting the Social Equality of Women became law in 1990. The Beijing Declaration and World Platform for Action that followed the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 inspired a new series of laws and policies in Costa Rica. Its National Institute for Women (INAMU), established in …

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