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[25 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Finding the Humanitarian G-spot

Angelica Arbulu

“I am wearing large overalls and am but a couple of months away from maternity leave myself. It dawns on us that there isn’t a chance in hell I’m going to get that job. ”
I was reading a recent post by J. at Tales From the Hood about “local” being an article of faith in the Church of Aid, and it occurred to me that Gender is the G-spot.
You know I’m right. You just cannot (and certainly should not) have a document, meeting, program or strategy that does not address gender. Depending on the place …

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[1 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Helping Refugees and Immigrants, Finding Fulfillment

“…These things happened not just because of racism or sexism, but because of ignorance, and [we] help them go beyond that ignorance, to build peace.”
Wanjiru Kamau is the founder of the African Refugee and Immigrant Foundation, which facilitates the effective transition of African immigrants to American society and supports their productive, sustainable integration into their new homeland.  She won a 2011 Purpose Prize for her work with the foundation. The Purpose Prize honors someone who made a change late in their career to work for social good.  Prior to moving …

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[12 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
How Can Women Recover from War?

B. Abel Learwellie
“During the war, we were running from the fighting and on our way I was arrested from the group. On that day, I was gang raped at the age of fourteen by eight men who went out with me at different intervals, and  then sent me away.  I later became pregnant and give birth to a girl child. How can I tell the story when I can’t remember who has raped me?”

I am from Liberia, a country struck by 14 years of civil war which …

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[10 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Women Turning Down the Heat

Elise Webb
Rwanda/United States
“Patricia was an average woman dressed in a vivid blue t-shirt and yellow skirt. To me, she was just another face in the chaotic crowd, but to them she was a liberator. She was a woman to be trusted, a leader from their own ranks. She stepped forward to calm the throng.”
Shouts wafted uphill to where my Rwandan Search for Common Ground (SFCG) colleagues and I were chatting with a group of women outside the office of the Sector Executive Secretary.  They were waiting to be paid …