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Voices from the Frontlines »

[18 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Egypt, Celebrating Human Rights through Art

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
“It is time for us to build Egypt and contribute to peacebuilding and positive change, rather than engage in violence and create chaos.”
This is a time of great turbulence in Egypt, during which the country has been shaken by violence and political instability and people have become increasingly desperate and frustrated every day.  This is especially true because the Egyptian media’s focus has been only on negative and disturbing news. In such a critical time, I seized the opportunity to engage my students at the College of Engineering …

Connection Point »

[16 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Taking Back My Voice

Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviews Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Palestinian art photographer, curator, and art for social change enthusiast.
What sparked your interest in art for social change?
As an undergraduate at George Mason University I took a course on Art as Social Action, and was able to shape my degree around this idea. My courses involved reflecting on how artists speak about topics including race, class, gender and environment. One of the projects that influenced me was related to the role of photography in media and propaganda, and how it can be a …

Week X Week »

[26 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Women in Iran are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore!

Commentary by Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.
I have watched with great interest as the women of Iran assert themselves in their country’s post-election demonstrations. The mainstream media here in the U.S. focus on how President Obama, former President Bush, Facebook, and Twitter have sparked the conflict and not the many years that Iranian women have spent chipping away at the attitudes, laws, and  religious restrictions that limit their rights.
The real story is that the Iranian women’s movement has been quietly, and sometimes not so quietly, building momentum for years and was …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[10 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Promoting Women’s Rights from the Back Seat

Vera Avalon
We all know that when women bond together with purpose, the consequences can cause drastic changes in societies. In places where women are afforded very little authority and control, such as where I live and work in rural Oman, no one likes to talk about how strong women really are. They are an inherent threat to patriarchal societies.
But what happens when there just aren’t women who want to make the change?
Battling local social frameworks and long-entrenched regulations on behalf of the local women is not only mind-bogglingly difficult, but …