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[28 Jul 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
From “Birth Machine” to Peace Agent

Bandita Thapa
“Building peace can address the issue of women’s empowerment.   But for me it’s also more than this. My movement is to bring peace and harmony within each human being and contribute to my society and country. A person can’t contribute unless and until she or he lives in a peaceful situation.”
Nepal is a male-dominated society, with thousands of social rules that have taught women not to speak up. A father asks his daughter in childhood to keep quiet in front of her brothers, and she is socialized to …

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[23 Jun 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
“I am a Man Working for Women in Nepal”

Dhruba Prasad Ghimire
Editor’s Note: Over the past week, I have corresponded with Dhruba Prasad Ghimire about the organization he works for, the Rural Women’s Network (RUWON).  The organization is based in Nepal and strives to improve the educational opportunities and lives of women in the country.  I posed a few questions to Dhruba about the organization and his role as a man doing work to support women.  His responses are below.

What is the history of RUWON Nepal?
RUWON Nepal is an organisation established by local women from rural …

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[7 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
The Femininity of Peacebuilding

Ali Mabardi
United States
“There is no doubt that women must be included in peace processes, but why?”
One day in my Strategic Peacebuilding class, we got into a heated discussion about a book entitled Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why it Matters, by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini. In retrospect, it seems strange that a book about peace would spark debate, but nevertheless even those members of the class who rarely spoke raised their hands to share their opinions that day. The debate began because some females in the class thought this …

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[17 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
UN Women: Empowering Women Worldwide

Michelle Bachelet
UN Women
Below is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Luncheon, New York, on 28th April 2011. To read the full speech go to

One of the most important factors in women’s political empowerment is providing spaces for effective engagement with their governments so that they can negotiate for gender equality priorities in legislative processes and planning decisions. This is a major priority in democratic transitions, like those taking place in countries …