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[6 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
US, Middle East Myths on Gender Equality

Helen Rizzo
Cairo, Egypt
“A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.”
The idea that the West and Middle East have extremely different views on gender equality has gained traction in recent years. However, feminists and progressive activists in the West and the Middle East share many values when it comes to gender equality. A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.
In both …

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[22 Aug 2012 | One Comment | ]
What About Her Achievements, Her Character, Her Voice?

Shae Keane
Nashville, Tennessee USA
“How are women to overcome the message that only their body matters and realize that their voice, their spirit, their mind matters more?”
A young toddler looks up at her mother as she watches her brothers’ soccer game. “I wish God had made me a boy,” she says. Astonished by such a statement, her mom responds, “Why is that?” She points her small finger and replies, “Because I want to do that.” Her mom answers, “Well, of course you can be a soccer player, honey.” She shakes her …

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[10 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Sikhism and Gender: One Traveler’s View

Amber Webb
New Delhi, India
“For me, the distinguishing characteristic is the philosophy of equality shared among men and women in Sikh culture.”
“It is a woman who keeps the race going; we should not consider women cursed and condemned, from women are born leaders and rulers.”
- Guru Nanak, Founder of Sikhism
Walking towards New Delhi’s main square, Connaught Place, a street vendor exposes himself and taunts me as I pass by. As a female walking alone in this over-populated city, it’s an opportunity for him to entertain his friends at my expense. …

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[18 Jul 2012 | One Comment | ]
“Empowering women as a Development Tool”…What Would Hifni Malak Say?

Najuan Daadleh
Washington, DC, USA and Palestine
“Unfortunately, despite our repeated efforts to speak on our own behalf, to remind the world of our history of self-empowerment outside of the context of “development tools” imported by the West, it is my perception that our voice still has not been heard or internalized by those in the West to whom it is addressed.”
In July 2010 the UN General Assembly created the United Nations Entity for gender equality and empowerment of women. The creation of such an entity has come as an attempt to …