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Women Behaving Badly
As the struggle for women's empowerment continues in many low-income countries, there is a general expectation that women who manage to get into leadership positions will be committed to the empowerment struggle. Unfortunately, this hasn't been the case. While there are women who have excellently upheld integrity and honesty in their leadership roles, sadly, there are other women who can easily match their male counterparts in corruption, greed and other leadership malfeasance...
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Do Women Have to Vote for Women?
Recently, there has been a lot of criticism of current women leaders by leaders of women's organizations, asking whether they are accountable to women in their countries. This includes Senator Hillary Clinton, who is running for President in the U.S., President Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany...
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Fashion Undercover
I have been on many worst dress lists and frankly I don’t really care. Recently I went to a black tie function in jeans and a T-shirt. I’m not into sparkly spike heels; I’m very much about my clogs. I don’t really want to go to a make up artist or get my hair done: because that’s not who I am and not what my message is about...
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Racism in upcoming U.S. elections..Remember the Titans?
It is THE Elephant in the room... Yes we can talk about gender but that's not the only thing that America is talking about in the privacy of their living rooms. I have had friends (maybe ex-friends by now) tell me right out that they will not vote for a black man. It can't just be happening to me...
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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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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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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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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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