Ramita Navai - British-Iranian Journalist and Author
In her book City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran, Ramita Navai tells us that deception is the name of the game if you wish to survive in Tehran, Iran. And that the deception is not confined to the dregs of society, but played out by everyone from pious religious figures, housewives, well educated youth as well as children not yet old enough to attend school. Her personal observation is not a derogatory statement about the Iranian people, but addresses the effect that an oppressive regime has on it's populace when it overreaches the boundaries of just what involvement government should have in the personal affairs of it's people.
Navai, a British-Iranian journalist, has reported from inside over thirty countries including Iran, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. She has made twenty compelling documentaries for the Channel 4 series, Unreported World, and she recieved an EMMY Award for her undercover report from Syria for the PBS show Frontline. and delivered masterful reports from Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala and Brazil, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Afghanistan, Turkey, Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, Bangladesh, Burundi, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, India , China and America. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006.
Based on quiet conversations spoken softly across tables at street cafes along Tehran's vibrant central thoroughfare, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran brings light to the remarkable lives of ordinary Iranian people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran. From the porn star, the ageing socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic to the religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change procedure, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den, her book allows an insider's glimpse into the local personalities and the intrigues that have come to define the city - a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Where survival depends on a complicated network of lies and falsehoods.
City of Lies: - Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran
Ramita Navai is a talented and courageous award-winning journalist and an alumna of City University in London where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2003. City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran is her first book and was awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Prize for non-fiction. Click here to see videos of her brilliant documentary work on her website. Her book can be purchased online from Amazon.com
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The Mosuo - Matriarchal Society
Deep in south-west China lies Lugu Lake, a place that is known as the Kingdom of Women. Here you'll find the 40,000-strong Mosuo, one of the world's last matrilineal societies. As one might imagine, a culture with no word for father or husband, Mosuo women do not marry. Instead, they select as many lovers as they feel they want, selecting them from within the tribe and inviting them over for secret late night sleepovers - often after the men have spent their day slaughtering pigs, while the females keep track of household finances. Property is inherited through the female line and there is no stigma in not knowing who a child's father is. Such a matriarchal utopia does have some drawbacks - curious visitors have descended upon the once-isolated region under the mistaken suggestion Mosuo women offer free sex. Sadly, some of the previously peaceful villages have been overrun with hotels, casinos, karaoke and even a red-light district.
Mosuo Sisters - Coping with a Changing China
Two Sisters from this matriarchal society are the subject of a film by documentary film-maker Marlo Poras which portrays their struggles when a failing economy forces them choose whether to stay at home or travel into normal Chinese society, which is foreign to them, in order to generate income for their family... Read More
Youngest Mayor - From prison to the Mayors Office
Rezan Zuğurli, born to a family of well known Kurdish activists in the southeast of Turkey, is soft-spoken college student and the recently elected mayor of the Lice district of the Diyarbakir Province in Turkey. One look at her and you'd more likely peg her for a young woman more interested in fashion or music, than being someone fighting for Kurdish rights. Zuğurli, who is part of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, split her mayoral post with her male running mate Harun Erkuş now faces over 4 years in prison on questionable charges.
Feminist and Activist - Fighting For Her Own Freedom
Zuğurli, an ardent feminist, hopes her new position as mayor will help elevate the status of women in her district, as well as in the rest of Turkey. In many of the districts public positions, there is practically no female participation. Unfortunately, A Diyarbakır court sentenced Rezan Zuğurli on May 7th 2014 to four years and two months in prison for supposedly participating in illegal rallies and promoting outlawed terrorist organization - The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). She is currently challenging this court decision.
Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power
Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique
nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of
the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...
These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...
From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...
Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women
Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and
business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.
When it comes to being on the front lines amidst the unrest that has been reshaping countries around the world, it is now women who are placing themselves at risk to bring news to the rest of us about not only the conflicts that mainstream media reports, but often to expose corruption and abuses that might well never surface if it wasn't for these women on the ground in these locations bringing these misdeeds to the attention of a worldwide audience. The women above are three - one from Tunis, one from London, and one from Cairo that played integral roles in bringing the world's attention to injustice.
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Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.
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Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
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The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.
The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.
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Kristin Espinasse is the American woman behind the blog French-Word-A-Day.com. Her personal essays make up the books "Words in a French Life" and "Blossoming in Provence." As a columnist at France Today, her back page "Dernier Mot" is read by Francophiles bimonthly. She lives in Provence with her French husband, their two children, and two golden retrievers. Sign up for her free word journal at www.french-word-a-day.com In her latest book of colorful photos and tender essays, Kristin shows us how she overcomes cultural "tests", always finishing with an "A" for amour de la vie!
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The 5th session graduates organized the ceremony themselves with testimonies regarding radical changes in their lifestyle. They testified that they have begun to boldly do things which they could previously never have thought of doing. A woman from the Banyamulenge tribe explained fearlessly that she arrived at City of Joy with a broken, sullied health filled with hatred inherited from the violence she survived in her village. She could not sleep and had completely isolated herself for years. At City of Joy, she learned what love and sharing are. These are the only easy solutions she has possessed to release her trauma and leave the abyss, she shouted. Thanks to therapeutic techniques she was taught, she can sleep deeply, love and open herself to others. - See more at: drc.vday.org
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