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Political Art in the Female Form
Featured Community Voice: Anahi DeCanio Anahi DeCanio uses collage and the female form to encourage her audience to piece together the political questions of the day...
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Reflections of Iraq
Guided by candlelight, she performed 22 emergency cesarean sections during Iraq's first Gulf War. She helped young widows build the skills to start their own businesses. She jumped into politics as one of three women on Iraq's 25-member interim Governing Council. OBGYN, activist and politician, Dr. Rajaa Hadid Al-Khuzai has devoted her entire life's work to women's rights, putting herself and the security of her family at risk...
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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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A Satire on Voting in Iran
At the start of the 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot (Raye Makhfi), elements of the story miraculously come together to fulfill a mission by orders of the government . First, a box containing ballots, a list of candidates and instructions for voting falls from the sky. It lands on the shore of a remote island where an armed border patrol officer just happens to be stationed...
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How to Start a Women’s Party
Featured Community Voice: What Women Want (Australia) Justine Caines is the founder and leader of the first Australian women's political party, What Women Want (Australia). Created to reform childbirth and maternity healthcare, the party fielded 18 candidates in the 2007 elections and garnered 60,000 votes...
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Whose Universe? Women and Universal Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed into effect by the UN in 1948, was supposed to take care of it all. But since then, the world has answered with one bill after the next filling in the gaps missed by the Declaration and contesting the alleged Euro-centricity of the 30 articles. Now there are the Cairo Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the newly UN-signed Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and many more from various regional and identity groups. I'm currently writing an academic paper on the intersections among women's rights, indigenous rights and environmental rights...
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International Women's Day Celebrations
How I celebrated the centenary celebration for International Women's Day...http://mypinksoapbox.blogspot.com/2011/03/international-womens-day-celebration-in.html
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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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Why Women Go Green
In most political parties, except in the Green Party, men far outnumber women. Since their inception, Green Parties worldwide have boasted a disproportionately high number of women members. In Europe, however, Green women also hold the majority of high-level leadership positions. For example, 32 out of 55 German Green Party parliament members are women...
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Neither Whores, nor Saints
Featured Community Voice: Women in Black, BelgradeWomen in Black is a feminist and antimilitarist organization based in Belgrade, Serbia. On June 21, 2006, they staged a creative protest against the Orthodox Church: They took their clothes off.
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