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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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[24 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]
Made in Kuwait: Beads That Unify

An interview with Lubna Saif Abbas

“When people come here and see that our work is Made in Kuwait, they realize we can offer the world a lot more than oil and derivatives.”
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Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Kuwaiti entrepreneur Lubna Saif Abbas about creating new economic opportunities for women in the Gulf and throughout the Arab world through the work and initiatives of LB o J’zazz. Her responses are below.
Can you tell me a little about your personal background and experience as a woman living in Kuwait?
My experience as a …

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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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[11 Apr 2012 | 16 Comments | ]
Dating & Islam…to Me It’s an Oxymoron

Dania Shahzad

“To be clear, Islam does not forbid women and men from talking to one another, but asks that they practice modesty and remain within the limits that Sharia has set.”
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Walking down the school hallways as a young Muslim girl I used to see guys and girls holding hands, or a girl standing by her locker crying as her boyfriend talked to her. I would be confronted with questions and statements about dating that took different forms and styles, starting from elementary until I graduated high school. Both guys and …