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Two Million Women Leaders and Counting
When Mahatma Gandhi envisioned a truly independent and democratic India, he envisioned gram swaraj-village self-rule. For Gandhi, true village autonomy meant that all adults--women and men--work together to ensure their village's self-reliance in meeting basic needs.
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A Collage of Her Severally-Inspected Parts
Kashmiri scholar, journalist and former civil servant Ather Zia details the range of ways in which Kashmiri women participate in politics...
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Théâtre Aquarium
My interpreter, Scheherazade Matallah, and I climb the steps to Naima Zitan's apartment, one room of which doubles as an office for Théâtre Aquarium. Three senior members of the organization lean on the table and passionately describe their history and dreams in a cacophony of French and Arabic...
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Confronting Ugly with Ugly
What do you get when you confront ugly with ugly? In Norway, women's rights activists got change.
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Remembering Makadhani Narayan
Mandakini Narayan was born in 1925 in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. She grew up in Grant Road, Mumbai watching and listening to the political speeches of Gandhiji and other leaders at August Kranti Maidan. As a student of New Era School, she joined ‘Monkey Army" created by Usha Mehta...
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First Money, Then Power
Too often words like ignorant, impoverished and oppressed are used to describe women in the Global South. Collectively, Westerners tend to imagine these women as victims. Recent efforts to put economic resources in these women's hands have changed the way they experience and express their power. Governments, schools and civil society organizations alike have recognized that arming women with small loans, as well as helping them develop skills necessary to run their own businesses, benefits women, their families and their communities.Below you will find profiles of five women who have benefited from microcredit loans...
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Fasting for Justice
Meet Irom Sharmila, a political activist who has been waging a non-violent battle against state-sanctioned violence in her home state of Manipur in India. For the last seven years, she has used her body as a political weapon, starving herself in objection to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)...
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The Curse of Nakedness
A woman's body is both revered and feared in cultural traditions from East to West. It is immortalized as "pin-up girl" and simultaneously mystified as mother. A community of women in Nigeria, however, proved that a woman's body is enough to bring one of the largest oil companies to the bargaining table...
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My Child Is Your Child
When mothers raise their voices, they cannot be ignored. Among the most riveting examples are Argentina's Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Starting as a handful of women, they grew to become a national force and an international inspiration, powered, against all odds, by love for their children.
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Women's Justice
Originally established in 1994 by the non-profit organization Action India, Mahila Panchayats are voluntary women's courts that settle disputes between individuals.
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