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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Meet Sara Khadem, an internati

Meet Sara Khadem, an international chess master fighting for freedom

In a world where conformity may squash ambitions, an Iranian chess champion, Sara Khadem, took a courageous step that echoed a cry for independence. She accomplished something spectacular last December in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Sara, an International Master, competed without a hijab, which was a Read More...

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to 

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi, an outspoken campaigner for women's and human rights in Iran, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2023. Her dedication to democracy, freedom, and equality garnered international acclaim and support. A voice from behind bars Despite serving numerous sentences totaling about 12 Read More...

Freedom, resilience, and empow

Freedom, resilience, and empowerment on Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a wonderful monument to the African American community's indomitable spirit and its continuous quest for freedom. On this day in Galveston, Texas, in the year 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the historic news that slavery had ended and all enslaved Black people were now Read More...

"A ban on the burka is re

"A ban on the burka is really offensive"

Throughout Western Europe, governments are banning burkas and niqabs, Islamic veils that cover the face, in public places. Josie Appleton, leader of the British civil liberties campaign group Manifesto Club, opposes the ban. Marco Visscher | September 2010 issue The burka is regarded by many Read More...

The real meaning of security

The real meaning of security

Our obsession with protecting ourselves makes us less safe. That's the message from Eve Ensler, who travels the globe to end violence against women. Eve Ensler | October 2005 issue I am worried about our single-minded focus on security. I see this word, hear this word, feel this word everywhere. Read More...