CIFA educates faith leaders, challenges old ideas, and changes harmful traditions forever - giving girls a chance at a better future. Female genital cutting (FGC) and early marriage (EM) are harmful traditions affecting millions of girls all over the world. In Ethiopia and Nigeria, faith leaders have a powerful voice to help eliminate these practices. When girls thrive, communities thrive.
Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' were ended by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the ethno-national aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Accord of 1995, and the Israel -- Palestine conflict was slowed for some years by the Oslo Accords of 1993. Revisiting a study made by the author in these three countries during the late 1990s, this article draws on interviews conducted in 2012 with feminist activists of that earlier period.
Following a theme of service and collaboration, guest speaker Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, implored the Class of 2012 to bring their talents and join his "losing team" in the war on poverty, violence and the lack of education.
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