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Egypt: We Are Watching You
In 2005, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced the country's first multi-party elections. Three professional women with no experience in political activism decided to make sure the elections were really fair and free through their own initiative and the power of the Internet. In the documentary Egypt: We Are Watching You, directors Shereif Elkatsha and Jehane Noujaim give us a glimpse of democracy in Egypt through the lens of this firebrand trio and their Web site, Shayfeen.com...
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Do Women Change Elections?
While most women around the world had the right to vote by the mid 20th century, only in the last few decades have there been a significant number of women elected at local and national levels. And there is yet to be a critical mass. Today, women still face many barriers to participating meaningfully and competitively as candidates for office...
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Cultural Wisdom
As the coeditor of the internationally bestselling expatriate women's anthology Tales from the Expat Harem, I contributed my favorite titles to VisualThesaurus.com last year for its “Dog Eared: Books We Love” column. The online tool for writers, students and teachers of writing, and marketing communications professionals worldwide, asked me to share books about the cultural wisdom that historically pools at the intersection of women and travel...
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Danger in the Streets
Lately, women on the streets of Egypt have been under assault -- threatened by looks, by words and by physical attacks. As more Egyptian women claim the freedom and power to enter the public sphere, they are being confronted with a growing wave of public sexual harassment.
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Water Woes
Throughout history, women have played a central role as stewards of water. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "Women are most often the collectors, users and managers of water in the household as well as farmers of crops. Women and children provide nearly all the water for the household in rural areas." In urban areas, women are often in charge of accessing clean water and ensuring sanitation for their families...
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