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What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

Fakhera Mousavi: 'The Afghan Woman Rests in the Coma of her Predecessors'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Educated women demand justice and equality at all levels of society. They demand a justice-based approach to the basic laws in force in Afghanistan. Above all, the new generation of women demand gender justice and the eradication of discrimination at all levels of society."

Get Real About How You Want to Show Up Today

Juliet Turalski | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Juliet Turalski

We all share the human experience. Yet, how we grow up, where we grow up and who we grow up with create individual experiences that have led to a glo...

Mohammad Afsar Rahbin: 'Drugs Threaten the Entire Nation-building Process'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters are studying medicine and they wish to write poetry. My wish is that they achieve what they aspire for and will be able to treat the sick people in our country."

Why Acting Like a Toddler Is a Great Idea

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Mary-Lou Stephens

There is a small space between experiencing something in our lives and reacting to it. For most of us, that space hardly exists.

Can You Educate to Freedom?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

'Education' and 'freedom' may seem like somewhat contradictory concepts. In some modern societies, education is looked as an integral component -- giving people liberty, autonomy and independence through the power and informed choices that come with knowledge.

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

The Freedom of Letting Go

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.09.2014 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

I know it's a little nuts to equate the end of a marriage to the end of slavery and it's certainly an exaggeration, but like many marriages, it started to feel like we were wandering in the desert with no hope of a promised land.

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Why Traveling the World Isn't as Perfect as it Seems

Staton Ann Mineshima | Posted 06.08.2014 | Hawaii
Staton Ann Mineshima

It amazes people how I am able to give up everything and go. There is a sense of freedom that people around me envy (especially you stay at home mommies). I know because they tell me so. They even tell me they want to be me. I am not flattered by this as my ego would like me to be.

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

Passover: Festival of Freedom

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Over 90 percent of the Jews of North America, regardless of their religious views or practices, regardless of their affiliation with the larger Jewish community, make a point to sit down on the first night of Pesah to observe a Seder.

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."

Finding Success in Surrender

Ari Andersen | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

"Once I decided I would be happy living in my truck, I was free." The man who said this to me never has to work again. He built a company from noth...

The Human Capacity for Greatness Is Immense

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Carl Jung was one who saw our collective possibilities. He considered that growth was an innate principle, both of the individual and the universal. ...

Sediqa Balkhi: 'He Said I Would Die If I Went to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are a number of challenges, including a weak and dependent economy created because the promises of the international community have not been upheld, the lack of proper state planning to build infrastructure and the large-scale population exodus to other countries."

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.

Hussain Fakhri: 'The Acts We See as 'Violations,' They See as Exercising Their Rights'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are major problems concerning the government, both regarding leadership and its administrative structure. The government is facing massive obstacles. One look at the justice and judicial system is enough to reveal the extent of the catastrophe."

Freedom From Religion

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Did we escape Pharaoh's Egypt just to exchange one controlling master for another?

Fawzia Koofi: 'I Am Afraid to See the World and Its Progress From Behind a Chador Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"As women, we ourselves have accepted that men must always be present at high levels of decision-making and decide for us. Traditionally, we have lived in families where the father has had the final say. We have lived in a society where a man has always spoken the final word."

Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped f...

Malek Setiz: 'We Must Move With the Times'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Structural violence has deprived women of opportunities to flourish and participate in society. By this, I mean that violence is intertwined with the structure of the system and the society. It originates from above and is imposed on women."