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2013 Finalist: Arous Elbahr (‘Bride of the Sea’)

    Safa Younes wants to give Arab women in Israel tools to gain higher socioeconomic status and to develop an identity beyond that of marriage and motherhood. When I visited the organisation Arous Elbahr (‘Bride of the Sea’), a resource centre for Arab women living in Jaffa, I had the strong sense I was witnessing […]

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2013 Finalist: A Library Without Books

   In Abu Quidar, the ‘People of the Book’ are harbouring a library without any books at all Turning off the main road out of Be’er Sheva and down the unmarked sand track into the desert of Abraham’s wanderings, the smell of Abu Quidar rises up to greet you. This Bedouin town is unrecognised by […]

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2013 Finalist: Mavoi Satum (‘Dead End’)

  ‘What’s happening here has nothing to do with Judaism, it’s all about power’. I was told this by Hannah, a religious, 45-year old woman, when she was in the middle of her divorce proceedings. I got to know Hannah when she turned to Mavoi Satum for legal aid in the rabbinical court. Her husband […]

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2013 Winner: The Schoolhouse

  Discussing Climate Change with African Refugees: The Schoolhouse’s Conversation Club Arriving at the second meeting of  The Schoolhouse’s Conversation Club, I walked into a room of ten African men, mostly Sudanese, sitting in a circle quietly listening as one spoke. Everyone smiled at me, but still, I was a bit embarrassed; I quickly grabbed […]

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