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December 4, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - Each Face Has a Story

Abeja reports on the Women and Memory Forum, a group of Egyptian Abeja interviews nine young Sudanese men who have fled to Egypt to escape oppression in their own country. Each man has a story, a dream of a better life, and hope for a better future.

Abeja relates the story of a small number of refugees in Cairo. There are millions of refugees all over the world, people who have fled their home countries because of war or oppression. In most cases, the ones who get out are the lucky ones; their friends and family are left behind. Are there any refugee communities in your country? In your home town? What country did they flee and for what reason? What is their story?

Kavitha - Unsolved Mysteries...
Kid's version available

Kavitha recounts the mysteries of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), and the carvings in the Temple of Seti I at Abydos.

In this dispatch Kavitha mentions only a couple of the "unsolved mysteries" and wonders of Egypt. But there are many other unsolved mysteries left behind by the ancient Egyptians and other civilizations from the past. Archaeologists are constantly working to unraveling these seemingly unsolvable mysteries. Can you think of any other unsolved mysteries from past civilizations, either in Egypt, another country, or even in your own country? What are some of the theories proposed to explain these other mysteries?

Monica - Healing That's Hard to Come By

Monica meets with a group of female medical students from a volunteer organization called SHE, Student Health Education Group. Includes information about modern and traditional practices in women's health in Egypt and medical school for women in Egypt.

The goals of SHE are common to volunteer health organizations all over the world. They strive to educate the local population about health issues that are particularly relevant to them. Some sicknesses and health problems are more common than others depending on the community. For example, people in Africa need to know about malaria because it is a common sickness there, while people in the United States need to know more about heart disease and cholesterol. There just isn't much malaria in the United States. What are some prominent health issues in your community? What is being done to educate your community about these risks?

Making a Difference - Monica - No Thanks: Sexual Harassment in School and at Work

Monica attends a university discussion on the status of women, where discrimination, gender-inclusiveness and sexual harassment are covered. Includes information on school and workplace policies, reporting and effects of sexual harassment.

After reading Monica's report, what do you think? Are policies about discrimination and harassment on the books because, as Burts thinks, "they're a Band-Aid: they pat women on the head and say 'we're taking care of you?'" Does the publication of policies about discrimination and harassment "step-by-step change the culture," like Margaret Zohni said? Or do they fail to address the real issue, which is how men and women relate to one another, both as individuals and within the society or culture? How does this discussion relate to your own life? What stereotypes do you hold about women and men? How do you relate to your peers, your friends, your family, your teachers, your boss?

 
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