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Connection Point »

[26 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sustaining Arab Empowerment

Haifa Al Kaylani
“The statistics … confirm an uncomfortable disconnect between the numbers of women who are highly educated and running communities, businesses, and indeed countries, and the fact that women are still paid less than their male counterparts.”
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In the past decade, the world has witnessed extraordinary progress in terms of the participation of Arab women in their economies, their societies, and their communities. The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) is very proud to be at the forefront of international empowerment discourse, advocating sustainable, responsible change and ensuring that the …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[10 Oct 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
It’s Peace Prize Time, and You’re the Committee!

By Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief

When we heard the winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize announced last Friday, we felt almost as if we had won it ourselves. I hope you enjoyed a bit of that same feeling, because the award honored us all.
The committee stopped with three women―Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, plus Yemen’s Tawakkul Karman. Indeed, these are extraordinary women. But what a task those five Norwegians had! Every nation on earth boasts courageous women engaged, like these three (to quote the official press …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[28 Jul 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
From “Birth Machine” to Peace Agent

Bandita Thapa
Nepal
“Building peace can address the issue of women’s empowerment.   But for me it’s also more than this. My movement is to bring peace and harmony within each human being and contribute to my society and country. A person can’t contribute unless and until she or he lives in a peaceful situation.”
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Nepal is a male-dominated society, with thousands of social rules that have taught women not to speak up. A father asks his daughter in childhood to keep quiet in front of her brothers, and she is socialized to …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[20 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Women’s Spring in Israel

Roni Aloni-Sadovnik
with an introduction by Irit Hakim
Israel
“This project is called Women’s Spring, and it is a peace initiative in the form of a written document.  The document appears below. We hope that it will help create a peace agreement in our wounded region. We feel and believe that women might succeed where men had been failed until now.”
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Introduction
I am an advocate for women’s rights and for peace in Israel. I have joined with Roni Aloni-Sadovnik, a lawyer who works tirelessly for women and children, on a new initiative …