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[22 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Forging Democracy Is Messy: Dispatches from Egypt

Editor’s Note: We were disturbed by the violent images coming out of Egypt this week and last, and asked some of our contacts in the country for their take on the current situation. Two of the responses are found below.  Mirette Bahgat is currently working as an informal education coordinator and youth educator at Alwan Wa Awtar NGO, an arts-for-development organization situated in rural Cairo. Sherif Nasr is a doctor in Cairo.

Mirette Bahgat
Yesterday as I was going through Al-Jazeera blog Egypt, I found this anonymous comment on one of the …

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[1 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Salma Jabou: changing Iraq by educating Iraqi war widows

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Salma Jabou describes herself, first, as an Iraqi woman, and then as an engineer, founder of an educational center for war widows in Baghdad, Advisor to the President of Iraq on women’s issues, wife of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iraq, and mother of a grown son and daughter. She has been a leader of the Iraqi women’s movement for 30 years, starting when it was a secret network during the Hussein regime.
When …

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[17 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
Turning the 1325 Promise into Reality

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN
Below is an excerpt from the proposal launched by Ambassador Chowdhury at the working meeting on SCR 1325 on 27 July 2010 at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC.
In March 2000 it was Ambassador Chowdhury, as the Security Council’s President on Women, Peace and Security, who took the initiative for the adoption of a statement that eventually served as precursor to 1325.
In response to a Security Council resolution 1889 (2009), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted on …

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[17 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
Connecting to Feelings and Needs, And Finding a Way to Peace

Amina Mambuay
The Philippines
“We can sit down together and share experiences, not looking at each other as Muslims or Christians but all as creations of one God. This is liberating, and it is thanks to Nonviolent Communication.”
I am Amina Tominaman-Mambuay, born in Marawi City, Philippines on May 12, 1967 to a Muslim-Meranao family. Meranao (meaning people of the lake) is among the 13 ethnolinguistic groups of Muslims found in the Philippines. I had my elementary and high school days in Marawi City and for college enrolled at Ateneo de …