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[23 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
The New Red Line in Syria: One American's Perspective

Elaine Tucci
United States 

“What if this woman were your neighbor? Would you take notice then? Can you imagine living in such an environment? You might want to try. It might be time to tune in.”
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Humans are very good at creating false boundaries. We have carved up our continents into approximately 196 nations (we still squabble about some of these) and so divided we stand. We have frontiers for expanding (or seizing), margins for pushing, precincts to cast our vote, confines and limitations to overcome, fences to keep in or out, and of …

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[22 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Who Profits from Women's Humiliation?

Sabina Pstrocki-Šehović
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The worst in the chain of female degradation are the profiteers who ‘get all the gold.’”
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Some time ago the notorious rape in India shook the world, and for some time it was discussed as a tragedy and horror across the globe. In Bosnia, when I read an article about an almost equally horrible rape in Zivinice, where a minor girl was raped by several men, no one talked about it. Because here, rape and humiliation is everyday practice in diverse social contexts―even at home. The article was …

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[21 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Founding Moms: Peace, Sanity, and Profitability

Jill Salzman
Chicago, Illinois  
In the three years that I’ve run The Founding Moms, I never expected that we would take any part in building peace around the world. It was not my intention when we started off. But that’s precisely what’s became of our grassroots organization.
When I launched my first meeting of mom entrepreneurs via Meetup.com in 2010, I invited any woman in my small town who had a business and had babies to meet up. At the time, I was running two businesses and was pregnant with my second …

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[16 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Listening to "The Other": Reflections on Storytelling and Conflict

Noa Baum
Jerusalem & Washington, D.C.

Since 2002, Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum has performed “A Land Twice Promised”, a one-woman show based on her dialogue with a Palestinian woman also living in the United States. The piece weaves together both the women’s and their mothers’ memories of war and occupation. Baum’s work illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seeps despair into the Western consciousness, with more than 60 years of wars and occupation, thousands dead, and no end in sight. …

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