When I left my home country of Afghanistan to pursue a college degree in the United States, I was the first one in my family to do so. Education transformed my life, and I knew that it had the power to do the same for the people in Afghanistan who didn’t have the same opportunities I did.
Peace is Loud speaker Fereshteh Forough – founder and CEO of Code to Inspire – is bringing hope, opportunity and empowerment to women and girls in Afghanistan, changing cultural norms along the way. She shares with Woman ChangeMAKER her efforts to educate female students in her homeland, improving their technical literacy and employment prospects, and breaking down societal barriers.
This year's International Women's Day theme envisions a world with true gender equity by 2030 and asks government leaders to address the challenges holding girls and women back from their full potential. At the top of each leader's list should be maternal mortality, which causes 800 women to die each day from entirely preventable causes.
In an inspiring talk at the Virginia Holocaust Museum this past November, Peace is Loud speaker Clemantine Wamariya challenged her audience to think past the labels ascribed to genocide survivors and to refugees, and to examine how words we use to describe ourselves and others can isolate and divide, instead of cultivating compassion and empathy.
This year, the official theme for Black History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories”, which range from stops along the underground railroad to Fredrick Douglas’ home, 125th Street in Harlem, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.
Peace is Loud speaker and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee was appointed to the Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group at last week’s World Economic Forum. At the forum, global leaders convened in Davos, Switzerland to discuss development and policy initiatives to promote growth and reduce inequalities, including the launch of this group.
This year marked the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which underscores the critical role of women in building and maintaining peace. At Peace is Loud, these have been our 2015 headlines.
14 people are dead. 21 are injured. A young couple armed for battle attacked a Christmas party full of the husband's colleagues. In the face of this nightmare -- both the 355th mass shooting in 336 days in the United States, and one that came less than three weeks after the Paris attacks -- right and left alike are sticking to their scripts rather than grappling with the complex reality. If we are to successfully prevent future massacres, that has to change.
Peace is Loud speaker and UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, issued a statement today on the recent tragedy in Paris.
Peace is Loud is thrilled to welcome Samina Ali to our speaker’s bureau. Samina is an American Muslim novelist, public speaker, and curator. For over a decade, she has worked to promote gender justice and raise the profiles of unsung female heroes worldwide.
In June, Peace is Loud launched a campaign calling for grassroots women human rights defenders to be meaningfully included in global discussions on countering extremism, starting with the reconvening of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism during the United Nations General Assembly in September. Cherifa Kheddar was one of the few women from civil society invited to participate in the Summit.
I spoke with Almudena Bernabeu, a Peace is Loud speaker and an international attorney at San Francisco’s Center for Justice and Accountability, on her work leading the prosecution against Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, the challenges of addressing genocide and racism, and the future of justice for Guatemala, especially in light of Montt’s latest attempts to evade prison.