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[20 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Reflections on My Beloved Haiti

Judithe Registre
Haiti
On hearing that an earthquake had destroyed Haiti, I felt indescribable pain. I’m connected to Haiti like a fetus to its mother. The earthquake shattered me into millions of pieces, and now I am trying to focus my energy on exploring ways I can contribute to reconstructing efforts.
It’s no surprise that this disaster, like so many disasters, has become highly gendered and marked by the divisions of class and age that are intrinsic to Haitian society.  As I grieve, I worry most about the women and children in the …

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[2 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
A Poem for Our Brothers

Marie Chantal Nimugire
Rwanda
When I read the PeaceTimes article about the Korean women I was touched, especially because it reminded me of my own painful experience during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. I know we have to end the violence. I wrote a poem about this worst behavior of our brothers, and now I have translated it from Kinyarwanda into English.I ask each woman member of Peace X Peace to give this message to a minimum of seven brothers. We need their contribution to end violence against women and girls. …

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[2 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
One Is the Deadliest Number

Cheyla McCormack
USA
“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do,” sang the 70’s rock band Three Dog Night. The one woman in three around the world who will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime knows that “one” is also the deadliest number that you’ll ever know.
My mother became “one” when my father would grab her hair to force her to face him, giving him a clear shot at pummeling and slapping her face. One day, to stop him, she picked up the scissors and …

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[28 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 96. “This Story Will Not Die”: A Cry from Korea for Human Rights and Peace

- by Mary Liston Liepold
During World War II, many thousands of women were forced to serve the Japanese army as sexual slaves. The majority were from Korea, and many came from China and Japan, but women from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Dutch East Indies, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Burma, and other nations were also interned and abused in the hideously mis-named “comfort stations.”
Since the facts began to emerge from the hush of history in 1988, the survivors and their supporters have led a growing global …