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Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA)
AFRA is dedicated to working on land rights and agrarian reform in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Hope Springs Institute
Hope Springs Institute, a retreat and learning center in Ohio,  is a vessel for Activism in its many forms; a place to encourage discourse, advocate, promote, and plan, a place for those who are involved in truly changing the world to retreat and revitalize themselves and their work. We are not just changing ourselves. We are working for peace, for the environment, and towards ending all “isms”.

International Feminists for a Gift Economy


Shifting the Paradigm to a Woman Based Gift Economy.

International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
The purpose of IPRA is to advance interdisciplinary research into the conditions of peace and the causes of war and other forms of violence.

Intersex South Africa (ISSA)

ISSA is an organisation established to spread knowledge about intersex, to provide the space for the development of an intersexed voice in Southern Africa, and to combat discrimination on grounds of intersex.

Sisters in Islam (SIS)
SIS is a group of Muslim women committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam.

Women in Black
Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these things in different ways in different regions of the world, we support each other’s movements. An important focus is challenging the militarist policies of our own governments. We are not an organisation, but a means of communicating and a formula for action.

Read about Women in Black, Leuven.



Women 'Go Missing' by the Millions
Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Published: Tribune Media Services International, 25 March 2006

The Mist of Misogyny
Link to article
Author: Rita J. Andrews

Why Soldiers Rape: Culture of misogyny, illegal ccupation, fuel sexual violence in military
Author: Helen Benedict
Published: In These Times, August 13, 2008

Men-Women, Gatekeepers, and Fairy Mounds
Link to article
Author: Randy P.L. Conner
Published: Parabola, Spring, February 2000. Volume 25, No.1, pp. 71 - 77

Ingredients of Love: Bell Hooks
Link to interview with Bell Hooks
Interviewer: Juniper Glass
Published: Ascent, Winter, 2004.

Use Your Heart and Head When Giving
Link to article
Author: Perla Ni
Published: www.ft.com, March 15 2008

In-depth Study On All Forms of Violence Against Women:
Report of the Secretary-General
Link to article
Author: Secretary-General, United Nations
Published: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/SGstudyvaw.htm, July 6 2006 (note: related resolutions, summaries, background notes, presentations and statements can be found using this link)

Women in an Insecure World: Violence Against Women - Facts, Figures and Analysis
English executive summary:
French executive summary:
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Editors: Marie Vlachovà and Lea Biason
Published: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces , September 2005

World's Women Have an Advocate. More Than Half the Globe's People Need Their Own UN Agency: Stephen Lewis
Link to abstract
Author: Olivia Ward
Published: The Toronto Star, Jul. 1, 2006

The Shadow Cast by Colonialism is Very, Very Long
Link to article
Author: Gordon Aeschliman
Published: Cape Times, June 26, 2007, Edition 1





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Nowhere can I find what is male, nowhere can I find what is female. These are simply forms, no more separate from one another than a wave is from water. But since most buddhas have chosen to come [to earth] as a man, perhaps it would be more helpful if I became enlightened in a woman's body.

China Galland recounts the words of Wisdom Moon, the Mother of all Buddhas - known as Drolma or Mother in Tibet, Kwan Yin in Chinese, Tara (Liberator or Saviour) in Sanskrit, Wisdom or Sophia in the Old Testament, and the Goddess of Compassion everywhere.






Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.

Willis Harman





Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside awakes.

Carl Gustav Jung






Your thoughts are like the seeds you plant in your garden. Your beliefs are like the soil in which you plant these seeds.

Louise Hay







Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie



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