Tools for Advocacy

A friend asked me yesterday what I think the answer is to the conflict in Congo, following my post earlier this week. I don’t claim to know, I admitted, but that’s what our elected officials are for, no? Then I thought, maybe it’s time to put all the tools in one place. I may not […]

Enraging, Inexcusable, Cowardly

Please read to the end and sign the petition on This story made me speechless. For those of you who know me, you know that’s a rarity. I cannot, will not, stay quiet on this issue until there is a public uprising akin to that we saw for Darfur that finally prompts international action. […]

Weekly Wrap Up: May 16, 2011

Women in the “New Egypt” A well-known Egyptian TV host and activist,¬†Buthayna Kamel, announced her intention to become Egypt’s first female president. Kamel is known for her propensity to discuss taboo topics such as sexual relationships and domestic violence. She is also an outspoken advocate for ¬†democracy and fears that women will be left out […]

Engaging Men in Gender Equality

It is an all-too-common misconception that activists in the women’s movement are, quite simply, angry, man-hating feminists. In the first place, this is an inaccurate portrayal of the women I know who fight for women’s rights, both domestically and globally. Sure, we get angry – but that is not the only motivating emotion. Indeed, it […]

Fleeing to Tunisia For Safety

She entered the country with refugee papers. With everything but one eye covered, she hopes to find safety within the borders of Tunisia. Since my last post about Eman al-Obeidy, I’ve been trying to piece together the next chapter in her story. And today, some answers were finally revealed. Eman caught the attention of the […]