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[19 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
An Opportunity to Write Letters and Build Peace

Barbara Federman

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, Barbara Federman contacted us with the idea for a letter writing exchange between women in the United States and Arab and Muslim women around the world. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please contact Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet: yasmina@peacexpeace.org
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A Letter to Arab and Muslim Women Around the World
Dear Arab and Muslim women around the world:
My name is Barbara Federman and I am a member of a group of women named Peace and Letter Society (P.A.L.S.). Our goal is …

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[18 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Can Women Change the Story of the Niger Delta?

Emem Okon
Niger Delta, Nigeria
“The whole fight for resource control has led to the eruption and escalation of all manner of conflict and violence in the Niger Delta. It’s all about power and control in light of the oil revenue.”
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I am a community mobilizer with a passion for mobilizing women for action, for peace, and for their rights. I work with Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre in oil-impacted towns and villages – that is, areas where the oil companies are drilling – in the Niger Delta.
Here, we have Shell, we …

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[17 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
A Fifth World Conference of Women: game changer for peace

- A statement by Patricia Smith Melton
Thousands of women gathering to make the world a better place ― you got a problem with that?  You might think some people do if you look at the timeline for the UN-sponsored World Conferences on Women: 1975 (Mexico), 1980 (Copenhagen), 1985 (Nairobi) . . .  1995 (Beijing) . . .  and then?? No wonder the crescendo is swelling for a 2015 conference, 5WCW to its friends. Be one! Our founder Patricia Smith Melton explains why and how.
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The reasons for a Fifth World Conference of Women …

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[16 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Post-Kony 2012 Directive: Get Back Behind the Camera!

Alia Rasheed
Oman
“Film can be used as a tangible tool of peace and unity.  But transformative films have to be nurtured.  Filmmakers have to be nurtured.”

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Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2004), was once asked in an interview how he felt about the disappointing performance his 2007 film criticizing the Iraq war, In the Valley of Elah, had at the box office.  He simply responded, “You don’t do pictures because the audience is ready for them.  You do them because there’s something gnawing at you, something inside.”
Haggis’s words …

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