This guest blog post is by Amanda Johnson of Detroit Women Wailing Against Violence, or D-WAV, a local initiative inspired by the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell and its story of Peace is Loud speaker Leymah Gbowee.
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.
I find it hard to believe that all-male, all-white panels these days are unintentional. The recent Atlantic article, “The Odds That a Panel Would ‘Randomly’ Be All Men are Astronomical”, highlights at least the gender aspect of uneven group arrangements and serves as an important read on the discourse addressing the stark inequality often present in the speaking world.
Peace is Loud speaker Karima Bennoune has been officially named the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
This past week, speaker Almudena Bernabeu and the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) received the prestigious 39th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights International Award for their successful prosecution of several of the worst Latin American perpetrators of crimes against humanity.