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[17 Mar 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
I Spoke. They Listened. But Will Anything Change?

Suraya Pakzad
“They’re not down in the village talking with the local community. So they build clinics in areas with no safe water, and one out of five children still die before the age of five.”
I spent the week of International Women’s Day in Washington, DC, taking part in a number of observances and meeting with officials from the State Department and all kinds of agency heads. I had tea at the White House with President Obama and Mrs. Obama. They all listened respectfully to what I had to say. …

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[16 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Justice, Development, Equality, and Peace: Why Not?

Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace

United States
“We need women with courage to call for alternatives to war, to call for reallocation of the trillions now wasted on wars and an out of control arms trade, for the abolition of nuclear weapons, women who will welcome our sons raised by feminist mothers…”
The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) this year is convened for a review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action. At an initial meeting held on February 18th, the NGO Committee on the …

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[16 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
I want to bring about a summit between North Korea and the US President

Han Myeong Sook
Korea is a uniquely divided country in the world. It is the last one to be still divided, so peace is the most important issue, especially for women and children.
The dialogue about unification is dominated by men, and there is no room for Track II initiatives. That’s why we held the North East Asian Women’s Peace Conference, our own Six Party Talks from a feminist perspective.I believe that peace between South and North Korea is closely related to peace in the larger North East Asia region. We …

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[15 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Mutual Sharing: This Is What Women Do

Deb Reich
I’m an older Jewish woman, a writer, living in Israel/Palestine. I have a young Palestinian friend in Gaza called Maha; I think of her as my daughter. The hell that Gaza has become  threatens to overwhelm her every day.
Jewish Israelis are supposed to hate and fear “the Arabs,” especially Palestinians. But many of us resist. I believe that a new country of Palestine/Israel, struggling to emerge in blood and agony, will far outshine its parents someday, like any other ambitious offspring. Many of us can envision a new shared …