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[9 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Aditi Bhaduri: Journalism Rooted in Empathy

-Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor-in-Chief
Aditi Bhaduri is an independent journalist who uses the media to inspire action for change. Her stories consistently highlight women who build peace in regions wracked by conflict, promote healing for conflict survivors, and resist injustice. Though based in India, she has a particular interest in the Middle East. She has reported for Haaretz (Israel), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Gulf News (UAE), Newsline (Pakistan), and Women’s eNews (USA), as well as Women’s Feature Service, The Deccan Herald, and other Indian media outlets.
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What pointed you in the …

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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.”
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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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[10 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Breaking Bread in Galilee – Food as a Bridge Across the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Abbie Rosner
Alonei Aba, Galilee, Israel

“In Israel, where Jewish and Arab cultures are so tragically separate,  I knew I could rely on the extended olive branch of friendship to overcome the cultural divide.”
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When I moved to a farming village in the Galilee some twenty-six years ago, I was fascinating by the communities of Bedouins who lived in villages nearby.  Every winter, when the seasonal rains turned the landscape green, I would see Bedouins out gathering edible wild plants, and marvel at how this most ancient of foodways was still being practiced …

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[20 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
What the World Does Not Know about Us

Maya El Helou
Beirut, Lebanon
“I want to make one thing clear: we women in Lebanon are NOT victims. Our tenacity and resilience, which we have gained through our own process of self-empowerment, allow us to continue waging a battle against patriarchy, which exists across the world and in many different religious contexts.”
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In 2010, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism made a series of ads to encourage people to come to Lebanon as tourists. One of these ads shows a man remembering his time in Lebanon with flashbacks of girls wearing bikinis, …