Parwana Fayyaz urges President Obama and the US Senate to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, and shares her vision for a new Afghanistan—where women are empowered and free from violence. Read More »
"Although we are sometimes invisible, women too are traveling in this broken ship, and we are part of this land."
When Didi Bertrand Farmer returned to Haiti, she was unprepared for what she saw in the tent cities: an increase in sexual violence; mothers forced to leave their vulnerable daughters; young girls, pregnant as a result of rape. Read More »
"In Haiti, women are the centerpost—the potomitan—of our families and society."
With peace talks beginning between Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, the world is looking for signs of hope in the Middle East. From a ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Mairead Maguire stresses the role for nonviolent activism. Read More »
"Just as it brought peace to Northern Ireland, nonviolent resistance will bring peace to this war torn region."
With the expectation of elections looming on the horizon, it is a critical moment for Burma. General Than Shwe and the Burmese military have promised the people of Burma that they will head for the polls for the first time in twenty years this fall. Read More »
"It is up to the rest of us to decide how much longer we can ignore these cries."
When Dulce Marlene Contreras started her organization with seven of her friends, she had just one thing on her mind: helping the women in her rural corner of Honduras protect themselves from domestic violence. Read More »
"Until women are economically empowered, they will not be able to escape abuse for good.”
Growing up my playgrounds were the fields and streams surrounding our old farmhouse in the hills of rural Wisconsin. I learned the rhythms of insects and birds, the song of the frogs lining our creek... Read More »
"Millions of modern-day Rachel Carsons are stepping out from the shadow of mining pits, blasted mountains, and scorched forests to mobilize their communities."