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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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Neither Faceless nor Defenseless
We are the women of Norway. We are Swedish, Danish, Pakistani, Yugoslav, Bosnian, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Turkish-we are European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and more. We come here for as many reasons as there are people: to seek refuge, to pursue an education, to create new opportunities. And yet, our voices as minority women have become just that-a minority...
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Señora Presidenta
Good afternoon, palace guards! Good afternoon, Mrs. President! On March 11, 2006, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, daughter of a renowned Chilean general who died in prison under Dictator Augusto Pinochet, marched gracefully before the presidential palace guards in Santiago, Chile. She stopped, expertly turned on her heels and called the guards to attention...
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Congo - Stop Sexual Violence
The Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women, a diverse group of leaders from many nations, including Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Ukraine, and the United States, is deeply concerned about the brutal epidemic of rape and sexual aggression currently being used as a tool of war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo...
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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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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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Body As Art
Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions...
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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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The Killing Fields of Juarez
JUAREZ, MEXICO – It was the brutality with which they killed the young women that first caught my attention. That winter’s day of 1999, I stayed up into the early morning hours reading narratives that described death after horrible death. Despite what the Mexican authorities said, the murders were not normal...
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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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