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[14 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
Global Mothers, United in Peacebuilding

Mehru Jaffer
India/Austria

“We recognize the untapped potential of women as a driving force for change, and as future leaders of an equitable, interconnected, and peaceful world.”

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Last summer I met 15 exceptional women from 7 different countries here in Vienna, Austria.
The women were participating in Mothers MOVE, a three-day conference hosted by Women Without Borders (WWB), a Vienna-based research and advocacy organization that provides grassroots women a platform to speak and to share their concerns with the international community.
As India Consultant to WWB, I watched the …

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[30 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
Alliance for Peacebuilding: Fostering Ideas, Generating Peace

Caroline Anderson
Peace X Peace Blog and Social Media Manager
Editor’s Note: Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Melanie Greenberg, who will soon take the helm at Alliance for Peacebuilding.  Below find her insights on the organization, what brought her to peace work, and the outlook for peacebuilding overall.
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“It was like a light going on, a door opening.”
This is the way Melanie Greenberg describes her first experience with conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It happened while she was in law school, where she recoiled at the adversarial atmosphere and …

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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?”
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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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[21 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Power of Stories: I Am a Bridge

Hanna Jaffe
Israel
“Once you’ve heard someone else’s story, it’s so much harder to be afraid of them or to demonize them.”
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Shalom Salaam, to friends near and far.
My name is Hanna Jaffe. I live in Jerusalem—Holy City to so many people.
I was born in London. My journey in this life has been shaped by Jewish lore and law. My upbringing, schooling, and higher education have all been within the confines of a religious, observant Jewish life. My father was a Rabbi and Anglo Jewish historian. Family, friends, and neighbors—almost all come …