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Justice in Pakistan: Unmasking Perween Rahman’s Killers

by Zubeida Mustafa -Pakistan- The “weakness of women”, widely believed to be a natural phenomenon, is actually a myth. Women are resilient and there are many cases where “woman power” won the day because women fighting for a cause refused

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Kenyan Women Embrace Table Banking to Break Out of Poverty

by Moraa Obiria -Kenya- A proverb of the Kisii community in Western Kenya says Bakungu bange bana, which means ‘women are like children’. The elders in the community maintain that women never outgrow the features of childhood. They are forever

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The Fear of Poverty in Greece

by Foteini Svarna – Greece – On December 29, 2014 the Greek Parliament failed to elect a new president in the final parliamentary vote. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called for a snap national election on January 25, 2015.

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They Think We’re Coming for their American Dream: The Salvadorian Immigration Epidemic

By Ghazal Rahmanpanah -El Salvador/USA- A century ago immigration in the United States was synonymous with the image of ships arriving at Ellis Island filled with Central, Eastern and Southern Europeans seeking refuge from war and poverty. Today the topic

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Financial Crisis and Domestic Violence – The Case of Greece

by Foteini Svarna -Greece- I am shocked to see my good friend – an interior designer – with a nasty bruise on her face. “My husband is very violent these days” she whispers, looking toward her shoes. “Since he lost

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Language Discrimination in Pakistan Harms Women and Indigenous Culture

By Zubeida Mustafa -Pakistan- Asifa, 12, lives in Karachi, the port city in southern Pakistan. She is a child of the lesser gods. That means that she is malnourished and falls ill frequently. Her home is a modest two-room house

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Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya

by Gemma Bulos -USA- “The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights,” -Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. It is dawn in rural

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The Plight of the Foreign Domestic Worker in Singapore

by Melissa Dalton-Bradford -Switzerland- She’s Indonesian, in her thirties, and works in Singapore to sustain her family back at home – her children from a failed marriage, her mother, and her siblings. To keep a thatched roof over everyone’s heads,

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You Either Work or You Die: Mob ‘Justice’ in Uganda

by Jemma Williams -Australia- It was Christmas day in Fort Portal, Uganda. A large group of people had gathered by the roadside and were all moving in one direction. At the front were the younger men. Many of them carried

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Breaking Social Boundaries: Innovative Transport for the Poor in Colombia

by Jemma Williams -Australia- The gondola glides smoothly up into the Andean hills on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia, as I peer through its clean glass windows in fascination at the world below. Slums sprawl over rugged green hills, with

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