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[2 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
It Is Too Cold: A Voice from Syria

“The fire was getting closer and everything that was in this house, from memories, pictures, life, was fading away in front of my eyes.”
It is six months into the revolution. It is too cold…there is fear, anxiety, and panic on every face and I do not know what is happening. Is this the sound of thunder or the sound of shootings, the sound of women weeping together with the cries of babies?
Things I hear but do not see, searching for safety, security, and for the end of fear and sadness. In …

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[27 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

Kirsti Shields
United States
“Today’s young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken.”
When my friend’s daughter got her first period last week, her mother bought her a bouquet of flowers. This isn’t what my mother would have done - we acknowledged such biological rites of passage in far more understated ways – but it was an apt and affirming tribute to what is – and should be – an auspicious landmark on the road to womanhood. My friend’s daughter was …

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[22 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Chasing Children and Memories: One Single Mom’s Story

Ihotu Jennifer Ali
United States

“My mom suffered, struggling with depression, fatigue, lack of savings and health insurance, and I’m sure at times she was certainly isolated. But that’s not her story in its fullness. It is one, but not all, of the pieces I will gather and reassemble when my children and grandchildren ask me to tell stories of my childhood.”
A colleague of mine once mentioned in passing her curiosity about what it would be like to be a single mother. Newly a first time mom herself, she said she thought …

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[15 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Korea, a Small Show of Courage

David Meth
United States/South Korea
“…she left an indelible memory and influenced my writing. I don’t know if she had the same effect on anyone else in the class, but to look at Korea in 2012, it seems that she and women like her must have had a very strong impact on change.”
Although this story goes back 42 years, it demonstrates how powerful a small act remains for the people who witness it, and how change may come in spite of what one person sees as a failure. I was teaching English …