Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign by individuals and groups calling for an end to all forms of violence against women.
Peace is Loud is thrilled to announce our new speaker, Lucy McBath. The deadly shooting of her 17-year old son, Jordan Russell Davis, for playing loud music, turned Lucy into a champion for common sense gun legislation and solutions. The Q&A below was conducted by Peace is Loud's Events & Communications Manager, Joanna Hoffman.
Peace is Loud speaker Leymah Gbowee recently delivered the commencement address at Dartmouth, originally posted on Dartmouth's website.
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.