The world has become a smaller place and information flows in breath-taking quantities. Yet there is a paucity of conversations between people of different nations. Relying by and large on media reports of the “other”, our understanding of nations and their people is scarily lopsided. Even as citizens in a globalised world we often only have part of the story, especially when it comes to women in other cultures or countries.
I recognised this dilemma again when approached to write this article following my participation in a project sponsored by the Common Ground News Service, which paired women’s rights activists in the Middle East with counterparts in other countries through email and facilitated conversations. The goal was to provide an informal forum where they can support one another and provide examples of best practices, novel approaches and other tools that have helped create progress in their efforts.