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[21 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Can I Find My Home in the West?

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“I whispered to myself that although I am not European like them they are my real brothers and sisters; they are my fellow human beings.”
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I grew up to believe that there has always been discrimination against people of different race, color, and religion throughout all ages. History lessons teach us that people have always invented all sorts of rationales for mass killings and wars. There is a general tendency not to accept someone who is not “one of us.” Differences in religion, culture, race, social class still …

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[13 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Diary Of A Peacekeeper In South Sudan

Lea Krivchenia
South Sudan 
“Part of the job of a peacekeeper is managing that fear. There is a balance – too much and you can’t help to support communities. Too little, and you may take risks that endanger you and your clients.”
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I sit on a sack of something – probably sorghum – in a trailor attached to a tractor, bracing myself against the bumps, a constant exercise on any road in South Sudan. The moon is bright above us, providing the only light in between the cattle camps, where you can see …

Inside Peace X Peace, PeaceTimes »

[6 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]
A message from our CEO

Living Peace. As 2012 draws to a close and good tidings for peace abound, we reflect on our first decade of progress of connecting women to build world peace―the results of your support.
Building Capacity. This year our Mentorship for Peace program paired 60 women protégés with expert leaders to acquire peacebuilding skills in 25 countries.
Peace X Peace online multi-media resources support an international community of 20,000 women in lifelong learning, leadership skills and cultural exchange.
Leveraging Technology for Peace. We launched our Connection Point Dialogues to build bridges of understanding between …

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[4 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Getting Women Off the Sidelines

-An Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Mary interviewed Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton for this December PeaceTimes to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. This is part 1 of 3.

Patricia, why did you launch Peace X Peace, back in 2002?
I wanted to find the keys to activating womanpower around the world. Why hadn’t women been stepping up more? Or if they had, why hadn’t their voices been heard? What needed to change in order to get women acting instead of sitting on the sidelines watching planes fly into very …