Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Female Circumcision

Female circumcision seems to be a controversial topic and practice in different regions around the world. According to BBC, more than 3 million girls suffer circumcision each year. In many places where female circumcision is practiced, it is believed that it will maintain a girl's honor.

While there are many groups and a few campaigns around the world that consistently fight against such a practice, there seems to be much challenge in their attempts to abandon female circumcision.
The following is the link to The New York Times Photo Essay, called "Inside a Female-Circumcision Ceremony" by Stephanie Sinclair. As always, images could convey much more than words and verbal descriptions:

To read BBC's brief report on this topic, click here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Side by Side

Side by Side
Side by Side
No longer men in front
And women at the back
Together we will walk
Side by Side
Side by Side

I heard this song at a gathering tonight. A few prominent Libyan women who work in security and medical issues in Libya sang this song for other guests present at the party. They sang it so beautifully that it brought tears to everyone's eyes. They seemed very emotionally strong and very charming. With their beautiful dresses they had pleasantly dominated the atmosphere of the party. Their stories of civil war would intentionally diverge from sadness and misery and would approximate the happiness and energy that exist in the smallest of things and incidents.

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