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Picturing Power
All of us have seen a political poster past its time: peeling off a wall in tatters, or peeking out from underneath another poster of the next big thing.  Posters are, by their very nature, a throwaway form of art and communication.  But, when it comes to posters produced by and for India's women, one group wants to ensure these messages are not forgotten.
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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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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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Family Law in Morocco
Award-winning author Dr. Mounira Maya Charrad has been following women's rights and the implementation and evolution of the family law of Morocco for the past several decades...
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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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Follow the Leader
On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took the oath of office as Africa's first elected female head of state. A team of filmmakers followed her through her first year in office and the documentary Iron Ladies of Liberia is the result.
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The Power Suit
"Women watch themselves being looked at," writes the art critic John Berger. A woman "is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself." Berger was writing primarily about the male gaze, yet his observations highlight the way a woman's appearance is always scrutinized. What a woman wears, her clothing and hairstyle, is not a trivial matter...
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Emancipated Woman – Build Up Socialism!
In 1923, the American Journalist Albert Rhys Williams noted a ubiquitous feature of the Russian urban landscape: the poster. "The visitor to Russia," he wrote, "is struck by the multitudes of posters--in factories and barracks, on walls and rail-way cars, on telegraph poles--everywhere." Indeed, there were over 3.2 million posters distributed in 1920 alone by Gosizdat, the state publishing house and 7.5 million during the following three years...
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