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[1 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Challenge Your Assumptions! A Dialogue in Abu Dhabi

Michelle Pomeroy
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
“As women, there are many shared experiences that make lifestyle differences seem less dividing to our shared humanness. Our gathering created such a moment.”
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“I am very tired of the idea that any woman who is covered is somehow oppressed and forced to do so. There is always a choice, even if the amount and source of pressure is different,” Khulood, a local Emirati, said. “You may have noticed tourists from Saudi Arabia often wear secular, Western clothing when they’re on vacation in Dubai or Abu …

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[30 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Daughters Meant Nothing: The Problem of Gendercide

An Anonymous woman from South Asia and Beverly Hill
“Imagine an affluent and well educated professional woman. This woman cherished her two daughters and loved them dearly, yet her friends and family always expressed pity or sympathy that she had only daughters.”
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The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 117 million women are “missing” in the world due to selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect, and (for older women) lack of access to food and shelter.  (See announcement. http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/8542)  All these atrocities constitute gendercide, or femicide.  Each year we lose almost 2 million …

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[27 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Peace Links: Do “They” Hate “Us”?

This week’s Peace Links focuses on the Middle East and women’s rights, which took center stage in both print and online media this week.  (They must have read our experts forum on the topic!) Enjoy everyone.

Have you plugged in to this debate over Muslims’ attitudes towards women?  First, Foreign Policy featured this story from Mona Eltahawy, and then Monica Marks’ push-back against it.  And this one from the Guardian. Interesting stuff.
And here’s another piece on women’s rights and the Arab Spring courtesy of PublicService.co.uk.

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[26 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study

- By Kamla Bhasin
India

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study.
Girl, why should you study?
The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.
Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.
To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must …

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