Category: The World

Women Communicating for Social Change is Way of Life

by Brittany Lane and Nükhet Kardam – USA – Entrepreneurship, or the process of starting a business or organization, has long been essential for healthy and growing economies. For the past several years, however, the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship

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Indian Mothers Reject Overprotective Parenting

by Swati Sanyal Tarafdar -India- “I always walked back home after school, mostly all by myself, and sometimes accompanied by a friend who might be sharing a part of the journey. And I have allowed my children to do the

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Syrian Mothers on Their Own: “We Are All the Same, Confronting Death and Our Destiny”

by Riham Alkousaa -Germany- Fadia Al-Khatib, a mother of five, came to Germany by herself. The 44-year-old Syrian woman and her husband decided that she would seek asylum first and then apply to bring her family over. Hundreds of Syrian

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Restricting Abortion: A Questionable Tool for Increasing Macedonia’s Birth Rate

by Natasha Dokovska -Macedonia- In 2013, Macedonia’s Christian Democrat party adopted a new law on termination of pregnancy restricting a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Macedonia’s new abortion law has generated controversy not only for the non-scientific,

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Child Trafficking or Pure Quest for Knowledge in Pakistan?

by Zofeen T. Ebrahim -Pakistan- Horrified, as Pakistan television channels inundate us with minute-by-minute news of the recovery of over two dozen girls from a one-bedroom house in Karachi, I felt a sense of relief two days later when it

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Iran’s Nuclear Program: A Generational Divide

by Ghazal Rahmanpanah -Iran/USA- In the summer of 2013, three decades after the end of the Iranian hostage crisis, the windows of the former United States embassy in the heart of downtown Tehran were washed once again and colorful murals

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Kashmir Floods: “Please Don’t Panic, We Will Reach You”

by Lubna Reshi -Indian-administered Kashmir- Srinagar is not the same as when I left in mid-August. I feel like I have returned to a warzone. Devastation and desolation is overwhelming and Kashmir, known for its serene environment, is no longer

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Recourse for Trafficked Native Women in the Duluth Harbor

by Christine Stark -USA- I am of Anishinaabe and Cherokee ancestry and a MSW student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Six years ago, on the White Earth reservation, an elder told me how the Anishinaabe bloodline is found across

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Human Trafficking: Modern Day ‘Slavery’ in Belgium

by Grace Kwinjeh -Belgium- A Thai woman, aged 28, met a handsome Belgian man and fell in love. He assisted her in getting a visa to leave Thailand and marry him in Belgium. The mother of two, who had worked

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Kashmiri War Mothers Find Ways to Grieve

by Shazia Yousuf -Indian-administered Kashmir- When I met Taja Begum in the winter of 2009, I could tell she was dying soon. Taja, 75, was skin and bones. Every time she spoke, her trembling hands went up to soothe her

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