Vanessa Ortiz

Vanessa Ortiz is Founder of In Women’s Hands. She is formerly Sr. Director of Civil and Field Learning at International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Monday, December 5, 2011 - 2:39pm
Hidden in Egypt’s Closet: Virginity Testing’ as a Tactic of Repression
Women’s broad and persistent participation in the ongoing revolution in Egypt has brought a gruesome new tactic to light— virginity testing . This form of repression that specifically targets female activists and journalists peaked around March 2011, and under Egypt’s post-Mubarak military leadership, the tactic is on the rise.
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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:31am
Women in the Frontline, Women in the Rear: The Revolution in Syria
Bits and pieces of information about the growing uprising in Syria are coming our way through mainstream media sources like Al Jazeera. But dig down deep, and you’ll find a revolution with women forging the way, and with a news gap that’s being filled by Syrian expatriate females.
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Monday, July 11, 2011 - 1:31pm
'I'm Here to Visit Palestine'
I’ve been watching with fascination and delight the “Welcome to Palestine” action and the reaction by the Israeli government, security apparatus, and press. Why delight? Because I am one of those people who has arrived and departed Ben Gurion Airport—eight times so far—and understand the harassment one can face if “confessing” to be en route to or from occupied Palestine.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 10:18am
Postcard From...Bi'lin
The ritual occurs every Friday in Bi'lin, occupied West Bank. Palestinian protestors — community members and activists — gather around the mosque following midday prayers to march against the construction of the separation wall and the proliferation of Israeli settlements.
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