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Christian Patriarchal Watch List for Parents. 

We have tried to include links next to each organization which describe their ideas in their own words and also some links of critics/survivors of this ideology. See list here. 

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Child Marriage is in the U.S. and We Are Fighting It State-by-State

Nearly all 50 states, including New York, set 18 as the minimum age to wed, but every state permits exceptions to the laws. Read more.

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It’s Sport to You and Me; But for Women in Arab Lands…

Sporting activity for women is a growing movement in Arab states but perhaps not as quickly as the women themselves would like to see. Read more. 

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An Interview with Margaret Aymer

“It was challenging teaching in a seminary in which one of the six seminaries didn’t recognize my ordination, because I was female. I was working with male students who knew I had power, because I was giving the grades, but didn’t recognize my ordination.” Read more. 

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Woman priest burned in liquid attack was ‘ambushed’

“As long as they continue to exclude us from the church, and the longer they continue to say that women are not fully capable to be priests or to hold other positions, than it will be much easier for people like this man or anyone else to say that women don’t have to be treated equally.” Read more. 

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Woman’s Mosque of America

 But at the new Women’s Mosque of America, believed to be the first female-only mosque in the U.S., women are in charge, and participants hope to influence the larger Muslim community to be more inclusive. Learn more.

 

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In Afghanistan, underground girls’ schools defy Taliban

Students’ shoes left outside an informal girls’ school in Spina, Afghanistan, this month. The Taliban closed a U.S.-funded girls’ school in 2007. See more

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 18:  Sister Simone Campbell, SOSS, of the immigration activist group "Nuns on the Bus" cheers during a rally to mark the end of the group's cross country trip on June 18, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Immigration activist group "NETWORK's Nuns on the Buss" wrapped up a 6,500-mile 15-state tour across the country to urge lawmakers to support legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans. The tour began in New York near Ellis Island and ended in San Francisco across the bay from Angel Island.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Vatican Unexpectedly Ends Overhaul Of US Nun Group

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. Read more

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Afghan woman pushes for rights from behind the wheel

Women in Afghanistan have regained rights such as education, voting and work but they enjoy far less freedom than men. Read more

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Sahar Gul, Afghanistan Child Bride, In-Laws Sentenced For Torture

The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday. Read more. 

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Sara Hurwitz: The First Orthodox Jewish Rabba

Rabba Hurwitz has not only made history by being the first Orthodox woman to receive mainstream semikha, but by creating a trajectory for other women to follow in her footsteps. Read more. 

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Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman

Hundreds of other men watched, holding their phones aloft to try to get a glimpse of the violence, but never making a move to intervene. Read more. 

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I Became Literate- Story From Iraq

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Is Religion Inherently Oppressive?

Add Jimmy Carter to the list of people who don’t really understand the destructive power of religion. Read more. 

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Who Owns a Pastor’s Body?

The issue is that the problematic framework that allows these more inappropriate interactions to persist inhibits our ability to minister effectively to our people. We must examine and break down repressive and oppressive projections of pastoral purity, symbolic representation, and sexism. Read more. 

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‘Malala of Syria’: The inspiring story of one girl’s fight to educate refugees

For two years she has been going door to door in the camps, waging a one-girl campaign to convince parents to keep their daughters in school instead of pressuring them into wedlock. Read more. 

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Syrian Women Who Escaped From ISIS Filmed Burning Niqab