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COMMUNITY VOICE:
America's Family Values?
First published in Glamour magazine in 2002, this essay explores the difficult challenges working women face as they attempt to balance their work and family obligations. In this day and age, women are expected to--and frequently forced to--have full-time careers, while, at the same time, they are expected to do most of the childrearing and housekeeping...
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Parenthood
The materials mahogany and bronze are hard, dark and traditionally associated with men and masculinity. By sculpting the feminine experience out of these materials, Humaira Abid blurs the line between genders and the roles stereotypically allotted to them. In these works, Abid reintroduces the masculine into her sculptures in the forms of male shoes, shirts and razors, but by juxtaposing these objects next to pacifiers, bottles and blouses, she explores the roles men play in parenting as they increasingly assume more "maternal" roles in childcare...
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A Little Hope
Chhoti Si Asha is a non-profit center that offers vocational training and literacy skills to street children of Chandigarh, India. Founded by Liza Chawla in April 2006, the program began when a group of children who used to beg for alms expressed a wish to study. Gradually, the older siblings of these children began attending...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Small Steps
Microcredit may not be a panacea to women's problems worldwide, but it has impacted thousands of lives, proving that every little bit truly does help...
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Human Trafficking
Between November 28 and 30, Mary Anne Zammit participated on behalf of the Green Party of Malta in a Mediterranean Network meeting organized by the European Greens in Nicosia, Cyprus. Zammit presented a paper on human rights in non-European Union countries focusing on human trafficking, a problem common in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean region...
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The New Slavery
Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a large portion of today's migrant worker population. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population is domestic workers. These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Dearest Maids
Dorothea Diba's poem speaks about violence against domestic workers. She was inspired by the plight of Indonesian domestic workers in the Middle East and Asia.
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We Can End the Food Crisis
Over the past year, global food prices have soared, making even the most basic foods--such as rice and corn--too expensive for the world's poor. The result? Millions of families are enduring extreme hunger or starvation...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Breaking Free
The time has come for citizens of the world to rethink economic systems that have left billions of people in poverty and undervalued the importance of informal economies in the developing world...
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