Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 58/59, Spring

Afghanistan: Women Resisting: Building a House with Solid Walls
REVOLUTIONARY AFGHANI WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION (RAWA)AN INTERVIEW WITH SAHAR SABAI met with Sahar in Sri Lanka, May 2002. RAWA 's public affairs officer was shy and retiring. Her head and face were exposed, but she wore a shawl draped over her shoulders....
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Afghanistan: Women Resisting: Building a House with Solid Walls
[IMAGE MAP][Map Not Transcribed]REVOLUTIONARY AFGHANI WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION (RAWA)AN INTERVIEW WITH SAHAR SABAI met with Sahar in Sri Lanka, May 2002. RAWA 's public affairs officer was shy and retiring. Her head and face were exposed, but she wore a shawl...
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Afghanistan; Women Resisting; Building a House with Solid Walls; CANADIAN WOMEN FOR WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN; AN INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN REICHER
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."Oscar WildeFive years ago, Sally Armstrong's article entitled, "Veiled Threat", in Homemakers magazine was the first exposure Carolyn Reicher had to the grim reality facing Afghan women....
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African Women Respond: Summary Report on G8 and NEPAD Plans and the Impact on Women in Africa
AT THE G8 SUMMIT IN CANADA IN July 2002, the G8 nations pledged their support for the implementation of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) and agreed that by 2006, G8 countries' overseas development aid to Africa will increase by $...
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African Women Respond: Summary Report on G8 and NEPAD Plans and the Impact on Women in Africa
AT THE G8 SUMMIT IN CANADA IN July 2002, the G8 nations pledged their support for the implementation of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) and agreed that by 2006, G8 countries' overseas development aid to Africa will increase by $...
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African Women Respond; SUMMARY REPORT ON G8 AND NEPAD PLANS AND THE IMPACT ON WOMEN IN AFRICA
AT THE G8 SUMMIT IN CANADA IN July 2002, the G8 nations pledged their support for the implementation of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development) and agreed that by 2006, G8 countries' overseas development aid to Africa will increase by $12...
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Artist Profile: Globalization, Gender and Border Geography
Ursala Biemann is a swiss video artist, feminist and social commentator who explores frontiers and pushes boundaries. She is testing the borders - all of them, in all their facets-physical and virtual, literal and conceptual. She is creating new visual...
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Artist Profile: Globalization, Gender and Border Geography
[IMAGE PHOTOGRAPH]Photo [Not Transcribed]Ursala Biemann is a swiss video artist, feminist and social commentator who explores frontiers and pushes boundaries. She is testing the borders - all of them, in all their facets-physical and virtual, literal...
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Artist Profile; Globalization, Gender and Border Geography
Ursala Biemann is a swiss video artist, feminist and social commentator who explores frontiers and pushes boundaries. She is testing the borders -- all of them, in all their facets-physical and virtual, literal and conceptual. She is creating new visual...
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Black Communities, Gender and Territory; an Interview with Namby Mandinga
The Pacific was once known for its cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence between peoples and was largely left unhindered by the Colombian State. However, the recent implementation of large-scale development projects has coincided with heightened...
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Black Communities, Gender and Territory: An Interview with Namby Mandinga
The Pacific was once known for its cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence between peoples and was largely left unhindered by the Colombian State. However, the recent implementation of large-scale development projects has coincided with heightened...
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Black Communities, Gender and Territory: An Interview with Namby Mandinga
The Pacific was once known for its cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence between peoples and was largely left unhindered by the Colombian State. However, the recent implementation of large-scale development projects has coincided with heightened...
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Bosnia; the Postwar Moment; Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina
A postwar moment is one of promise -- but too often of missed opportunities. So long as there is war or threat of war, heavy militarization and preoccupation with security strategies can be justified. Every kind of progressive social or economic policy...
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Bosnia: The Postwar Moment: Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina
A postwar moment is one of promise - but too often of missed opportunities. So long as there is war or threat of war, heavy militarization and pre-occupation with security strategies can be justified. Every kind of progressive social or economic policy...
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Bosnia: The Postwar Moment: Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina
A postwar moment is one of promise - but too often of missed opportunities. So long as there is war or threat of war, heavy militarization and pre-occupation with security strategies can be justified. Every kind of progressive social or economic policy...
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Bread & Roses in Madrid, Colombia
As the plane circles the landing field over Bogota, Colombia, I think at first that there are vast areas of storage sheds south of the City. That was the Thursday of my first week in Colombia, and I would have to wait until Sunday to find out that in...
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Challenge to the New Political and Military Order
What we are able to challengeThree days ago, I was wandering the streets of Kabul painfully aware of a solitude I have so easily become accustomed to in foreign lands. Here however, this singularity weighed heavily on my mind. I was the only one of my...
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Challenge to the New Political and Military Order: What We Are Able to Challenge
[HEADNOTE]What we are able to challengeThree days ago, I was wandering the streets of Kabul painfully aware of a solitude I have so easily become accustomed to in foreign lands. Here however, this singularity weighed heavily on my mind. I was the only...
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Challenge to the New Political and Military Order; What We Are Able to Challenge
Three days ago, I was wandering the streets of Kabul painfully aware of a solitude I have so easily become accustomed to in foreign lands. Here however, this singularity weighed heavily on my mind. I was the only one of my gender in these streets, where...
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Colombia: Diversity and Collective Spaces for Organizing: Colombian Women's Initiatives and Multiplicities of Resistance
The women's movement in Colombia is one of the most diverse, burgeoning processes in Latin America. Women hail from such diverse social, economic and political backgrounds, and yet still manage to maintain and develop collective spaces under clear unifying...
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Colombia: Diversity and Collective Spaces for Organizing: Colombian Women's Initiatives and Multiplicities of Resistance
The women's movement in Colombia is one of the most diverse, burgeoning processes in Latin America. Women hail from such diverse social, economic and political backgrounds, and yet still manage to maintain and develop collective spaces under clear unifying...
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Colombia; Diversity and Collective Spaces for Organizing; Colombian Women's Initiatives and Multiplicities of Resistance
"Fear is a strategy of the totalizing power. That is why the continuity of the courage of resistance, the commitment for life and against war and the "Campaign Against Fear" threaten the totalitarian project. The "Campaign Against Fear" is a political...
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Cyprus: Hands across the Divide
A Case Study in Bi-communal, Cross-border ActivismHands Across the Divide (HAD) is a newly formed NGO linking women of northern Turkish-speaking Cyprus and southern Greek-speaking Cyprus. It is unique, the first of its kind in Cyprus, and the first bi-communal...
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Cyprus: Hands across the Divide: A Case Study in Bi-Communal, Cross-Border Activism
[HEADNOTE]A Case Study in Bi-communal, Cross-border ActivismHands Across the Divide (HAD) is a newly formed NGO linking women of northern Turkish-speaking Cyprus and southern Greek-speaking Cyprus. It is unique, the first of its kind in Cyprus, and the...
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Cyprus; Hands across the Divide; A Case Study in Bi-Communal, Cross-Border Activism
Hands Across the Divide (HAD) is a newly formed NGO linking women of northern Turkish-speaking Cyprus and southern Greek-speaking Cyprus. It is unique, the first of its kind in Cyprus, and the first bi-communal Cypriot organization to gain international...
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East Timor: Lessons for Women, Constitution and Peace-Building
An Interview with Dr. Milena PiresWhere/When: May 4 2002, Sri Lanka, during the period of Sri Lanka's ceasefire negotiations.WE Magazine editor, Suzanne Farkas talked with Milena Pires about women's involvement in the creation of the world's newest democratic...
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East Timor: Lessons for Women, Constitution and Peace-Building
[HEADNOTE]An Interview with Dr. Milena PiresWhere/When: May 4 2002, Sri Lanka, during the period of Sri Lanka's ceasefire negotiations.WE Magazine editor, Suzanne Farkas talked with Milena Pires about women's involvement in the creation of the world's...
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East Timor; Lessons for Women, Constitution and Peace-Building; an Interview with Dr. Milena Pires
Where/When: May 4 2002, Sri Lanka, during the period of Sri Lanka's ceasefire negotiations.WE Magazine editor, Suzanne Farkas talked with Milena Pires about women's involvement in the creation of the world's newest democratic assembly. Until July 2001,...
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Embera Women's Cooperative: Basket Art Helping Resist the Impacts of War
The Colombian civil war extends beyond its own border and threatens yet another people and its art. This newly formed women's co-op is helping the culture of an indigenous people and their rainforest resources to resist the impact of warThe Wounaan (wow-nahan)...
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Embera Women's Cooperative: Basket Art Helping Resist the Impacts of War
[HEADNOTE]The Colombian civil war extends beyond its own border and threatens yet another people and its art. This newly formed women's co-op is helping the culture of an indigenous people and their rainforest resources to resist the impact of warThe...
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Embera Women's Cooperative; Basket Art Helping Resist the Impacts of War
The Colombian civil war extends beyond its own border and threatens yet another people and its art. This newly formed women's co-op is helping the culture of an indigenous people and their rainforest resources to resist the impact of warThe Wounaan (wow-nahan)...
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How a Displaced Woman Lives in the City of Cali
Translated to English by Sheila GrunerThere are currently 18 organizations of displaced people in the city of Cali. Out of need, as well as tenacity, they organize by commonalities such as zones of arrival, or gender. Women, who are often alone and vulnerable,...
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In Print
WOMEN AND THE POLITICS OF MILITARY CONFRONTATION Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocationby Nahla Abdo and Ronit Lentin (eds), Berghan Books, Canada, June 2002 ISBN 1-57181-498-2 (hardback) or 1-57181-459-0This is the first time Palestinian...
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International Criminal Court
AT THE END OF THE BLOODIEST century in human history, the international community adopted a treaty creating the world's first independent and permanent International Criminal Court. That court is now a reality. The International Criminal Court (ICC)...
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In the Field; Low Profile Anti War; HUAIROU COMMISSION REPORT
FOR THIS ISSUE OF W&E, THE Huairou Commission reports eight attempts at dialogue between women's groups and local government in small places with no famous names. So what?There are wars on, for goodness's sakes. Whole countries are at stake. There...
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Israel/Palestine: Olives - We Need Your Help!
Olives are central to the lives of Palestinian families in the West Bank. Almost half of all cultivated land is used to grow olives, and it is a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.The olive crop is particularly important...
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Israel/Palestine: Olives - We Need Your Help!
Olives are central to the lives of Palestinian families in the West Bank. Almost half of all cultivated land is used to grow olives, and it is a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.The olive crop is particularly important...
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Israel/Palestine; Olives - We Need Your Help!
Olives are central to the lives of Palestinian families in the West Bank. Almost half of all cultivated land is used to grow olives, and it is a critical source of income for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.The olive crop is particularly important...
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Low Profile Anti War: Huairou Commission Report
FOR THIS ISSUE OF W&E, THE Huairou Commission reports eight attempts at dialogue between women's groups and local government in small places with no famous names. So what? There are wars on, for goodness's sakes. Whole countries are at stake. There...
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Low Profile Anti War: Huairou Commission Report
FOR THIS ISSUE OF W & E, THE Huairou Commission reports eight attempts at dialogue between women's groups and local government in small places with no famous names. So what? There are wars on, for goodness's sakes. Whole countries are at stake. There...
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Ongoing Concern - Indonesia and Reparation
The violence of 1999 was part of a systematically planned policy by elements of the Indonesian government and military (TNI) to prevent the people of East Timor from freely participating in the referendum, and to punish them for voting for independence....
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Ongoing Concern - Indonesia and Reparation
The violence of 1999 was part of a systematically planned policy by elements of the Indonesian government and military (TNI) to prevent the people of East Timor from freely participating in the referendum, and to punish them for voting for independence....
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Ongoing Concern -- Indonesia and Reparation
The violence of 1999 was part of a systematically planned policy by elements of the Indonesian government and military (TNI) to prevent the people of East Timor from freely participating in the referendum, and to punish them for voting for independence....
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Peace Brigade International
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL (PBI) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1981 in Ontario, Canada to protect human rights and promote non-violent transformation of conflicts. "By our physical presence we protect, make visible...
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Peace Brigade International
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL (PBI) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1981 in Ontario, Canada to protect human rights and promote non-violent transformation of conflicts. "By our physical presence we protect, make visible...
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Peace Brigade International
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL (PBI) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1981 in Ontario, Canada to protect human rights and promote non-violent transformation of conflicts. "By our physical presence we protect, make visible...
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Reaching Out: The Success of Canadian Union of Postal Worker's Exchange to Colombia
In 2001, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, National Director for the Atlantic Region, Brother Wayne Mundle participated in a Human Rights Mission in Colombia. He recommended that the National Executive Board invite a delegation from the postal sector...
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Report on the Effectiveness of Resolution 1325
RECONCILIATION AND PEACEMAKING IN THE AMERICA'SFour members of the Women's International League for Pace and Freedom (LIMPAL/WILPF), from four sections in the Americas, presented their views on Women and Peace Making at AWJD 's (Assn for Women 's Rights...
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Report on the Effectiveness of Resolution 1325: Reconciliation and Peacemaking in the Americas
[HEADNOTE]RECONCILIATION AND PEACEMAKING IN THE AMERICA'SFour members of the Women's International League for Pace and Freedom (LIMPAL/WILPF), from four sections in the Americas, presented their views on Women and Peace Making at AWJD 's (Assn for Women...
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Report on the Effectiveness of Resolution 1325; RECONCILIATION AND PEACEMAKING IN THE AMERICA'S
Four members of the Women's International League for Pace and Freedom (LIMPAL/ WILPF), from four sections in the Americas, presented their views on Women and Peace Making at AWID's (Assn for Women's Rights in International Development) Guadalajara conference...
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Revolutionary Afghani Women's Association (Rawa); an Interview with Sahar Saba
I met with Sahar in Sri Lanka, May 2002. RAWA's public affairs officer was shy and retiring. Her head and face were exposed, but she wore a shawl draped over her shoulders. She was comfortable in my presence but she asked that her face not be photographed,...
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Ruta Pacifica De Las Mujeres Y Mujeres De Negro from Colombia
Women of the Pacifist Route and Women of BlackLa Ruta Pacifica (The Pacifist Route) originated in 1995 in the middle of the context of the war. In 1996, the Pacifist Route's first National march of more than two thousand women took place. Women travelled...
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Ruta Pacifica De Las Mujeres Y Mujeres De Negro from Colombia: Women of the Pacifist Route and Women of Black
[HEADNOTE]Women of the Pacifist Route and Women of Black[IMAGE ILLUSTRATION]Illustration [Not Transcribed]La Ruta Pacifica (The Pacifist Route) originated in 1995 in the middle of the context of the war. In 1996, the Pacifist Route's first National...
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Ruta Pacifica De Las Mujeres Y; Mujeres De Negro from Colombia; Women of the Pacifist Route and Women of Black
La Ruta Pacifica (The Pacifist Route) originated in 1995 in the middle of the context of the war. In 1996, the Pacifist Route's first National march of more than two thousand women took place. Women travelled to Uraba from all over Colombia. From that...
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Somalia; Redefining Social Roles; the Extraordinary Strength of Somali Women
In the wake of the disintegration of civil society in Somalia -- the chaos and the civil war that followed the ouster of dictator Siad Barre -- hundreds of thousands of Somalis found themselves refugees: within Somalia itself, in the neighbouring countries...
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Somalia: Redefining Social Roles: The Extraordinary Strength of Somali Women
In the wake of the disintegration of civil society in Somalia - the chaos and the civil war that followed the ouster of dictator Siad Barre - hundreds of thousands of Somalis found themselves refugees: within Somalia itself, in the neighbouring countries...
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Somalia: Redefining Social Roles: The Extraordinary Strength of Somali Women
In the wake of the disintegration of civil society in Somalia - the chaos and the civil war that followed the ouster of dictator Siad Barre - hundreds of thousands of Somalis found themselves refugees: within Somalia itself, in the neighbouring countries...
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Surviving Violence: Corrosive Malignity in Bangladesh
ACID WAS ONCE THE PRESERVE OR weapon of choice to end a pitiful dispute between two men. Now, acid attacks in Bangladesh have become a daily trend in a war against women.Shahida Akterpoli is merely 25 years old, and just a couple of weeks ago she was...
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Surviving Violence: Corrosive Malignity in Bangladesh
ACID WAS ONCE THE PRESERVE OR weapon of choice to end a pitiful dispute between two men. Now, acid attacks in Bangladesh have become a daily trend in a war against women.Shahida Akterpoli is merely 25 years old, and just a couple of weeks ago she was...
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Surviving Violence; CORROSIVE MALIGNITY IN BANGLADESH
ACID WAS ONCE THE PRESERVE OR weapon of choice to end a pitiful dispute between two men. Now, acid attacks in Bangladesh have become a daily trend in a war against women.Shahida Akterpoli is merely 25 years old, and just a couple of weeks ago she was...
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The Golden Fruit
There, in that land the golden reflection embraces tomorrow in the eyes of the children.There, the dark radiance unrobes over the rock, to build the miraculous bolt, towards dreams of the sacred and divided land, the one of green olive groves.There,...
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The Magdalena Project: Update on Magadalena Pacifica
THE THEATRE GROUP LA MASCARA of Call has suffered a humiliating level of "invisibalization" of their work of thirty years. But they are extremely stubborn and have worked consistently developing performances and working with marginalized groups of women...
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The Magdalena Project; UPDATE ON MAGDALENA PACIFICA
THE THEATRE GROUP LA MASCARA of Cali has suffered a humiliating level of "invisibalization" of their work of thirty years. But they are extremely stubborn and have worked consistently developing performances and working with marginalized groups of women...
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The Narrative Routes of Fear
In Columbia, homicide is the leading cause of death. In the everyday world of Medellan, bloody violence and terror are tangible realities. Currently over 10,000 youths are members of the more than a thousand gangs, guerrillas, militias, selfdefense and...
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The Narrative Routes of Fear
In Columbia, homicide is the leading cause of death. In the everyday world of Medellan, bloody violence and terror are tangible realities. Currently over 10,000 youths are members of the more than a thousand gangs, guerrillas, militias, self-defense...
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The Narrative Routes of Fear
In Columbia, homicide is the leading cause of death. In the everyday world of Medellan, bloody violence and terror are tangible realities. Currently over 10,000 youths are members of the more than a thousand gangs, guerrillas, militias, selfdefense and...
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The Violence Continues against the Participation of Women and Their Organizations
ANMUCIC - Maria Maria CollectiveTranslated into English by Sheila WilmotThe UN rapporteur on Women and Violence, summarized her visit to Columbia in the report "Violence Against Women: its Causes and Consequences". In this report she states "Women's...
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The Violence Continues against the Participation of Women and Their Organizations
THE COLOMBIAN ASSOCIATION OF RURAL, INDIGENOUS AND BLACK WOMENANMUCIC (The Association of Rural, Indigenous and Black Women of Colombia) is a rural-based women's organization with affiliates all over Colombia. It was started in 1984 on a framework designed...
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The Violence Continues against the Participation of Women and Their Organizations
[HEADNOTE]ANMUCIC - Maria Maria CollectiveTranslated into English by Sheila WilmotThe UN rapporteur on Women and Violence, summarized her visit to Columbia in the report "Violence Against Women: its Causes and Consequences". In this report she states...
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Together We Stand: Resisting and Rebuilding for Peace
- A Word From This Issue's EditorsHow do you develop an issue on women, conflict and lessons in rebuilding for peace? That was the challenge that faced the editorial committee the day we had our first virtual meeting in the spring of 2002. Ultimately,...
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Together We Stand: Resisting and Rebuilding for Peace -- a Word from This Issue's Editors
[HEADNOTE]- A Word From This Issue's EditorsHow do you develop an issue on women, conflict and lessons in rebuilding for peace? That was the challenge that faced the editorial committee the day we had our first virtual meeting in the spring of 2002....
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WEspeak; Together We Stand: Resisting and Rebuilding for Peace
How do you develop an issue on women, conflict and lessons in rebuilding for peace? That was the challenge that faced the editorial committee the day we had our first virtual meeting in the spring of 2002. Ultimately, we wanted to empower women. We wanted...
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Women, Youth, and Girls in the Armed Conflict
Colombia is facing a humanitarian crisis after 50 years of armed conflict. The root cause in pervasive social inequities and a long history of social, economic, and political exclusion of large sectors of the population. The territorial disputes exist...
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