CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. — Proverbs 31:8
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Dr. Peace Amadi

Dr. Peace Amadi (Psy.D) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Hope International University and a popular public speaker, personal development coach, and writer.

She founded The Pink Couch, a digital community that challenges women to “get to the heart of the matter” in their pursuit of love, happiness, and success. She also co-founded and is the executive director of The Ruby Project, a nonprofit summer program created to empower girl survivors of abuse & trauma through Christ, community, and the creative arts.

Amadi earned her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) from Azusa Pacific University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UCLA.

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Dr. Paula Boddington

Dr. Paula Boddington is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Computer Science Department, where she examines how best to develop codes of ethics for artificial intelligence research. She collaborates on research conducted through Cardiff University on the treatment of incontinence in women suffering from dementia and its impact on human dignity. She also volunteers at a charity offering support to families affected by child sexual exploitation.

Boddington worked across various research projects on ethical and social aspects of genomics at the Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University, collaborating with researchers at CESAGen (the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics). Her book, “Ethical Challenges in Genomics Research,” was published in April 2012.

Boddington holds degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of Keele, a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy (with a thesis on self-deception) from the University of Oxford, and an LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice from Cardiff University.

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DR. PHYLLIS CHESLER

Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology at City University of New York. She is a best-selling author, a legendary feminist leader, a retired psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized human rights, legal, political, and religious campaigns in  Canada, Europe, the Far East, Israel, and the United States. Her work has been translated into Chinese, many European languages, Japanese, Hebrew, and Korean. Dr. Chesler respects, believes in and tries to follow the prophet Isaiah’s advice which rises to the level of a commandment

She is the author of sixteen books including “Women and Madness,” “Mothers on Trial,” “Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman” and “An American Bride in Kabul,” as well as thousands of articles, and four studies about honor killing. She is currently working on the fifth.

Dr. Chesler is a co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), The National Women’s Health Network (1974), and The International Committee for Women of the Wall (1989). She is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at The Middle East Forum, and a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP). She is also Advisor-in-Chief, Choices Global Institute for Women’s Healing and Education.

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Olivia Duffus

Olivia Duffus is a recent graduate from Cedarville University, where she studied Professional Writing and Information Design. She will never say no to a cup of tea or a good book.

Olivia is passionate about using her writing to raise awareness of the tragedies that hundreds of women face as daily realities, as well as challenging fellow believers to advocate for the helpless. She is eager to see how Jesus uses VOW to change lives.

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Maya Maquis

Maya Maquis’s memoir, I’ve Learnt My Lesson, describes her experience of living in the Middle East for six years and witnessing the many injustices committed against women and girls. Her six year stint in the Middle East added to her experience of being raised in a multicultural society and living and working on three continents. She is also fluent in 2.5 languages.

Maquis is a well-known playwright, who after writing her first play at age 11, has gone on to win several awards for her work. She continues to write today to educate, and raise awareness of women’s rights issues. She hopes to inspire positive, peaceful action to create a fairer and safer world for women and girls.

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Farrah Prudence

Farrah Prudence is the Founding Director of VOW, a passionate advocate of women’s rights, an expert on Middle Eastern Culture and Islamic ideology, and a survivor of oppression under which many women and girls suffer every day worldwide.

A survivor of domestic abuse, honor violence, rape, and sexual assault, Prudence lives every day under the threat of honor killing due to the fatwa declared on her life for becoming a Christian. She lives in victory despite ongoing threats, dedicating her efforts to raising awareness about the most inhumane violence occurring against women and girls in the world.

Through VOW, Prudence hopes to rescue as many victims as possible and to prevent the egregious violation of human rights committed against her from being repeated against other women and girls.Prudence lived in the Middle East for over a decade and worked with the U.S. military in Iraq for over one year.

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Rebecca Whitmore

Rebecca Whitmore has dedicated her life to preserving the fundamental truth that all human life is precious and has value and must be protected.

Her passion to end human trafficking, to ensure justice in all parts of the world, is one reason why she hopes to work for the federal government in the area of Homeland Security fighting against violence and terrorism on the domestic and international front.

Whitmore earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Cedarville University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Security and Intelligence and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has lived and studied abroad in Ireland, Italy, and Belgium.

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Sophie Dickinson

Sophie graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in English. She has a deep love for stories and writing, and firmly believes that reading can breed active empathy. She hopes that the stories told through VOW will foster such empathy for vulnerable women and girls.
With a lifelong love for India and a deep resonance with the brokenness there, Sophie is pursuing teaching with a ministry in Hyderabad. She hopes that her passion for education will serve some of India’s most vulnerable, especially young girls.

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