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[2 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
<em>In Women’s Hands</em>: The Rose of Sarajevo

Peace X Peace Community Member Vanessa Ortiz is taking a walk down memory lane. She is “returning to the country that transformed my life and helped me see the world, and my place in it, in a very different way. That memory lane is Bosnia.”
For the next several days we will be featuring regular updates from Vanessa as she journeys back to Bosnia and captures the stories of strong, resilient women who form the backbone of a movement for truth, justice, and organized resistance. The original postings can be …

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[29 Jun 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Happy Fathers Day!

Alaha Ahrar
June 20 is considered Fathers’ Day in the United States of America. What a great and wonderful initiative! Although Afghanistan is considered very rich in its culturally strong family relations, Afghans are deprived of celebrating such a wonderful day. The effects of this touching day reminded me of all the warm thoughts of my father and all the ways that he has brightened the lives of others for years through his official, social, and family responsibilities. All these wonderful memories make me love and respect him even more and …

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[18 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
With One Decision, and A Few Women, There Can Be Change

Zeinab Mohamed Blandia
This is a follow-up to Zeinab’s story 2 weeks ago about forming the Women’s Solidarity Fund Group in her home of Nuba Mountains, Sudan.
“Women want to show that they have been released from their domestic pressures and demonstrate their deep involvement in the community. It’s not just women who have changed, but their husbands change too.”
Annually, we make a two-week visit around the state to see what the women in the Solidarity Fund Groups have accomplished. We go to the villages and see what’s happening in their …

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[12 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Strong Women of DRC Say “NO MORE WAR”

Mama Muliri
Democratic Republic of Congo
Jeanne Muliri Kabekatyo is known as “Mama Muliri” to her friends and colleagues. She pioneered the Heal My People program at HEAL Africa, a Congolese relief organization centered in Goma. Below is an excerpt from an interview conducted by HEAL Africa.

Prefer to listen to the interview (translated by HEAL’s Executive Director Judy Anderson )? Just click this link!
Let me tell you about the work we are doing with women who had real pain, real sorrow. You know the stories of what had happened to …