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[23 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
<em>Taking Action</em>: CSW Smorgasbord

by Kimberly Weichel
I’m delighted to send you this article from New York, where I am participating in the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings held at the UN. This is the first week and it is an extraordinary experience to share with thousands of our sisters as we focus on an array of key issues affecting women. There are formal sessions held at the UN, and then a smorgasbord of programs organized by NGOs held near the UN. There is so much to attend it is …

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[6 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Renewing Your Commitment to Peace in the New Year

Stephanie Knox Cubbon
USA
“Let’s renew our commitment to peace, nonviolence, understanding, acceptance, justice, to celebrating diversity, equality, to communicating, to love, to compassion.”
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My wish for the new year is simple: may there be peace on earth. I make the same wish every year.
I’ve decided to wish for and work towards peace for the rest of my life because I can’t imagine anything more important to live for. And John Lennon told me I’m not the only one. I also know this from experience—from all of …

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[6 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Tea Shop Women in Southern Sudan

Danielle Prince
US/Southern Sudan
“Our vigilance is required to bear witness as this referendum happens and do what we can to support Southern Sudanese efforts for peaceful separation.”
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Sudan has been in conflict since their independence in 1956.  The southern Sudanese women I had the great fortune of working with this past summer are no strangers to war.  They are accustomed to this in-between state: a vacuum of peace left in war’s wake where conflict is dormant and civil stability on the horizon.  A …

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[10 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Women at the Center of Peace: UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN
“Ten years of expectation and exasperation has to end!  Anniversaries are good to lift the spirit and energize us. But the time to act was yesterday!”
Below is an excerpt from the speech given by Ambassador Chowdhury at the “WOMEN AND WAR” conference held in celebration of the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in Washington, D.C. on November 4, 2010.
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Tracking back from my own vantage point on 1325, the International Women’s Day in 2000 was an extraordinary …