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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Roots of Justice, Green Shoots of Hope

-By Mary Liepold
Editor In Chief
The priority theme for this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women is the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication. Nothing is more basic than food, and hunger is a women’s issue for some basic reasons.

Women grow the largest share of the world’s food and own only a tiny fraction of the land where it is grown. (Across Africa, it’s 1%, according to a 2007 World Bank report.)
The total value of women’s unpaid work―much of it in small-scale agriculture―adds …

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[9 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner:</em> MidEast Women Are Rising, Ready to Connect

-By Kimberly Weichel
I’ve just returned from a very interesting trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Gail Montplaisir, our board chair, and I went to establish relationships, build partnerships, and raise funds for our work. Our specific focus was to expand our very successful and quite unique program Connection Point, which links Arab, Muslim, and Western women via our network. There was universal interest in our program in the UAE and Bahrain and acknowledgement that this bridge-building is crucial at a time of so much change and uncertainty.
We spoke …

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[9 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace:</em>It Could Be You or Someone You Love

- by Abby Smith
Welcome February, the month of love! During this month we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day spent with the one you love. For some of us this is a great day and a much-needed break from the mundane of the day to day relationship, a chance to renew that spark. For some it is a day when we are reminded of painful memories of abuse and pain associated with the person we love. This month in PeaceTimes we are discussing violence against women, a topic I never …

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[7 Feb 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Men Can Stop Rape: “This Is Your Issue”

- By Mary Liepold
Editor In Chief

The subject was sexual harassment and sexual assault. Both sides of the long conference table were filled with young men, most of them ignoring the pizza on their plates and waving their hands in the air in their eagerness to speak. Standing at the back of the room, where I was, and in chairs along the sides were a handful of women.
The facilitators, Kedrick Griffin, Senior Director of Programs for Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), and Joe Vess, Director of Training, presented two scenarios, one …