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In conversations with JAM, with the SaveDarfurSPB group and with St. Gregory's members we have a growing awareness that whereever the world is growing more peaceful, whereever it is healing, women are playing an important role. Some of us are concluding that the empowerment and protection of women in places that are hurting should be a very high priority. We haven't been able to stop violence and abuse in Darfur, in Rwanda, in the Congo, in Somalia, in Zimbabwe, in Haiti; maybe our effort should go to ensure that those who are likely to have the will for rebuilding can do so. JAM is taking the lead in convening a planning committee to develop these ideas in SE Florida (Boca Raton). The planning committee will decide what sort of activities should take place. We assume there will be one or more community events. The planning committee will decide what sort and who should be its presenters. St. Gregory's Episcopal Church is solidly in support of this and will welcome other faith communities and community organizations who will join us. If the planning committee decides the following video is inappropriate, we'll remove it. Meanwhile, hope, believe, and enjoy....

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Before and since Abraham we have been driven by an instinctual sense that force is the appropriate response to threat. We have seen that instinct become circular and self fulfilling; we have seen it become preemptive; and we have seen it formalized into national policy (the Bush doctrine). Now and then a prophet will assert a different view: (turn the other cheek or ....), but preparedness for or show of force remains the dominant strategy for group survival for our species. We have seen horrid consequences, even since the Holocaust. 900,000 people were murdered in Rwanda in 90 days in 1994. Five million have been killed in the past ten years in the Congolese Civil War. The number of people killed in the Bosnian War is estimated at 200,000 with an additional 1.8 million displaced.

How does a nation rebuild after such destruction ? In Rwanda there is evidence that it may be in woman that the greatest strength for rebuilding resides.

If we made a short list of major phenomena hampering progress on our planet our treatment of women would be on the list (along with our propensity to go to war). These phenomena illustrate this:

  1. physical & emotional abuse of women.
  2. ritual murder as in India.
  3. "honor" killing
  4. denial of opportunity for participating in the labor force (some backward countries lose substantial (half?) of their productive potential by not allowing women to work).
  5. insufficient voice in the clergy (why do some denominations prohibit female clergy; what was Simon Peter (the first pope) up to when he set in motion a lesser role for women in the church -- most of my spiritual teachers have been women.
  6. insufficient voice in politics -- we'd have less war if women had a greater role in politics.
  7. female circumcision (or genital mutilation).
  8. sex trafficking.
  9. women and children are property of the husband or father in some societies (prevents legal process to end abuse).
Useful reading:
  1. Like Eating Stone, Surviving the Past (Bosnia)
  2. Rape Victims’ Words Help Jolt Congo Into Change (Congo)
  3. World Bank Suspends Loans to Chad Over Use of Oil Money (Chad)
  4. On the Run as War Crosses Another Line in Africa (Central African Republic)
  5. You, Too, Can Be a Banker to the Poor (Afghanistan)


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What's New 
About Us 
Site Map 
Web Links 
Womankin 
Socializing Around 'The Social Contract' 
Men, Who Needs Them? 
Resources for Study 
You, Too, Can Be a Banker to the Poor 
Steel Grey Men Who Don't Blink 
AIDS Epidemic Takes Toll on Black Women 
Harsh Chinese Reality Feeds a Black Market in Women 
Militancy; Living in a World Without Women 
Behind the Veil: Women Subtly Fought Taliban 
Account of Punjab Rape Tells of a Brutal Society 
Long in Dark, Afghan Women Say to Read Is Finally to See 
Trafficking In Women and Children 
A Champion of Women, and a Defender of Girls 
How a Seed-Money Loan of $60 Turned Melanie Pico Into an Entrepreneur 
Lowly Status of Women in a Land Struggling to Rise 
Mother of a Nation 
Beyond Victimhood: Women's Peacebuilding in Sudan, Congo and Uganda 
How to Avoid Honor Killing in Turkey? Honor Suicide 
Women In Ancient Christianity: The New Discoveries 
A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job 
Rape Epidemic Raises Trauma of Congo War 
Punished for Being Female 
Saudi court ups punishment for gang-rape victim 
Ruling Jolts Even Saudis: 200 Lashes for Rape Victim 
Japan Needs Fewer Beauty Queens, More Pioneers 
Tortured, but Not Silenced 
A Heroine From the Brothels 
In Poverty And Strife, Women Test Limits 
Rape Victims’ Words Help Jolt Congo Into Change 
An African Crisis for Obama 
Pakistani Woman Who Shattered Stigma of Rape Is Married 
Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier 
Fighting Congo’s Ills With Education and an Army of Women 
Social, networked executive finds perfect company 
womenaresufficient 

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