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[26 Sep 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
A Complicated Matter: The Role of Women, Patriarchy in Egypt

Nadine Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt
“Morsi’s conservative stance on the place of women in society is empathetic to the predominant Egyptian family model, but it is unrelated to the mounting mistreatment of women in the public sphere.”
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A young Egyptian artist participating in a public art workshop put up posters around the city–one in Tahrir Square on the eve of elections–of an Egyptian man and woman holding hands and smiling. In each case, she returned to find that the posters were vandalized or torn down. Why? The friendly couple was mixed. In each image, …

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[17 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
“Heik E7na” (We Are Like This): Some Sketches from My Society

Dima Saleh
Ramallah, Palestine

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Who is the Real Babbler?!
A man in the cafe shop was telling his friend: “Women are the source of disasters…They are babblers…They have nothing but a tongue!”
While he was talking he saw a girl, so his conversation is paused so he can  turn to her and say, “Hey beautiful! What a sexy body you have! I am sure that you are going to meet your boyfriend soon!”
He turns back to his friend: “Oh I didn’t tell you? My friend caught his sister while she was walking with her …

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[17 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Building Women for Peace in Nigeria

Naomi E. N. Akpan-Ita
Ogun State, Nigeria
“The longstanding practice of relegating women to the background has prevented the recognition and appreciation of the role of women in peace processes and decision-making matters.”
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Imagine a world where women are allowed full participation and recognition. A world where women are given the space to express their hopes and fears for creating and ensuring peaceful, cooperative, and just societies. In Nigeria, just as in other societies across the globe, particularly in Africa, women are put into an iron box of patriarchy that suppresses their full …

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[28 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Pussy Riot: Sexual Language and the Power of a Small Band of Women

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
Update: Two members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot escaped Russia on Sunday to prevent their arrests and organize protests following the conviction and imprisonment on charge of hooliganism of three of their members by the Putin-led government.
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What turned me around were the photographs of the clean cut young woman with the off-center part whose hair remained meticulously in place even when she was on trial or holding her fist in the air just as the Black Panthers did when I was her …