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[30 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Daughters Meant Nothing: The Problem of Gendercide

An Anonymous woman from South Asia and Beverly Hill
“Imagine an affluent and well educated professional woman. This woman cherished her two daughters and loved them dearly, yet her friends and family always expressed pity or sympathy that she had only daughters.”
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The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 117 million women are “missing” in the world due to selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect, and (for older women) lack of access to food and shelter.  (See announcement. http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/8542)  All these atrocities constitute gendercide, or femicide.  Each year we lose almost 2 million …

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[6 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Vandana Shiva: Fierce Love, Fearlessness, and Joy

-By Mary Liepold
Editor In Chief
This is the second of three PeaceTimes posts on the theme of CSW56, the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication.
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“Of 80,000 edible plants used for food around the world, only about 150 are now being cultivated, and just 8 are traded globally.”
- Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva, the much-celebrated Indian ecofeminist, calls the war against the earth “the greatest war of all,” and diversity “our greatest security.” In her 20 books and countless articles, as in the Sidney Prize speech …

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[17 Jan 2012 | 7 Comments | ]
Sometimes, Peace Means Letting Go

Stella Paul
India
“With my attacker dead, I decided that there was nothing I could gain by telling his stories. Instead, I could try helping his family…”
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One evening I was at the dentist’s clinic. I sat listening to him as he showed the x-rays he had earlier taken of my teeth and gum; there were several small cavities, one of my front teeth was almost dead, and, there was a big cyst in my gum.
“I can fix this, though we will need multiple root canal surgeries,” he said, before adding, “But I …

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[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
All Guns Blazing: Fighting Gun Violence in India

** This week we’re reposting some of our favorite articles from 2011.  This one is from March, and it explores gun violence in India. Enjoy!**
Tithiya Sharma
India
Tithiya Sharma’s goal is to meet 100 amazing people who are changing the future of their countries–as she calls them: “A hundred champions of a world worth saving.” You can follow Tithiya’s journey at www.100heroesproject.com.
Below she tells us about gun violence in India and a woman who is courageously fighting it.
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Do I have anything in common with Soumya Viswanathan, Jessica Lal, or Radhika Tanwar?
I drive …