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[14 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Finding My Humanity in South Africa

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt

“I told them that although I wept most of the time, I also laughed a lot, and that even in the time I felt great pain, I also found comfort and strength. I told them that when I cried feeling the pain of others, I felt very human, and that solidarity is the essence of humanity.”
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Being a human rights educator who struggles for human rights in Egypt, I was selected to attend a course on Applied Conflict Transformation by the Action Support Centre in Johannesburg in which …

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[8 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
In the Same World: Feminism, Writing, Social Justice

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“In the same world where women would be in charge of making peace, the bodies of women would be battlegrounds where war would be waged ceaselessly.”
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When I was 15, I told myself that I would follow a career in Humanitarian Affairs and Development. I would never become a feminist. I would never, ever stand and scream until I’m hoarse saying that I needed rights as a woman. I counted on myself as empowered, and found it ridiculous to hear women cry that they suffered “deprivation” of rights. I found …

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[19 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Imagine You Are a Haitian Refugee

Melanie Gould
Dominican Republic/United States

“To those feminists who struggle for a voice and power in the developed world, perhaps you may find liberation in experiencing the power these women inherently possess.”
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Imagine your home to be an 8 x 8 tin shack, shared with 6 people, with no windows or light. Imagine the feeling of the reflected heat inside this house, under the blaring sun of a summer day in the Dominican Republic. Imagine watching your children suffer from hunger and dehydration and caring for a baby with constant diarrhea whose belly …

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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. ”
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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 …