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[21 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Independence Plus 29 Years

Nyaradzai Mugaragumbo-Gumbonzvanda
On April 18, 2009, our nation celebrated its hard 29 years of independence from colonial rule. Women’s role in the liberation struggle remains a silent song, yet many of us recall vividly how women and their daughters agonized and organized. On this day I think of my late mother, Rozaria Marumisa Dizha, born 1923 and passed on in 2006.
Mbuya Rozaria watched that day in 1978 when her whole village was bombed, all the houses were torched, and many children, women, and men were wounded. Within days all the …

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[6 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
No Reconciliation, No Celebration for Women Here

Somalia, a country ravaged by battles and wars. Bandits who rape the girls and kidnap innocent people spread throughout the country.
The Somali people, who once lived in the most stable country in Africa, now become hostages for clan-based fighting that left everything brown and dried. Nothing green is left.
The Al-shabab Group, those who confiscated the southern part of the country, rejected women to celebrate Women’s Day. That left all females disappointed.
However, the bigger question is, how can Somalis get reliable reconciliation to restore their former flash of hope?

PeaceTimes »

[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 84. Style and Substance: 
 Women Who Make It Their Way

- by Mary Liston Liepold
This issue of PeaceTimes highlights three fashion-forward women entrepreneurs. Sharifa started out in Afghanistan and came to the US, where she has designed gowns for Miss USA contestants. Nadya started in the US and followed her heart to Bali, where she continues to learn from the culture and more than 70 skilled craftspeople produce her one-of-a-kind creations. And Adenike (who was featured in the documentary Africa Open for Business) remains happily rooted in Lagos, Nigeria, where she grew a groundbreaking business in children’s clothing while …