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Cardboard silhouettes represent women killed in domestic violence in Bucharest at a 2010 event for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
By Rene Wadlow | November 25, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
How many victims of silence there are, and at what cost! Silence has its laws and its demands.... Silence demands that its enemies disappear suddenly and without a trace. Silence prefers that no voice of complaint or protest or indignation disturb its calm. And when such a voice is heard, silence strikes with all its might to restore the status quo ante—the state of silence.     —Ryszard Kapuscmski, The Soccer War   [...] Read More
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus in 2001. He has held the presidency since 1994.
By Sarah Del Vecchio | November 25, 2015 - 10:00am EST
It seems that every time I look at my phone, there is a news alert telling me about a new catastrophe somewhere around the globe. In the midst of the Paris terror attacks and the latest confrontation between Turkey and Russia, it is easy to assume that human rights abuses today are centered around violent conflict, often on an international scale. While these crises are worth our attention and concern, it is important to [...] Read More
Syrian refugees walk past UNHCR tents at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan
By Michael Curtin | November 24, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
The events of November 13th have truly rocked civilized peoples of the world to the core. For many Parisians, it was just another Friday night: some decided to attend a soccer game; others made plans to have a quiet dinner at a favorite restaurant; and other people went to hear a concert. However, as the world knows, this was no ordinary night. An evening of tranquility quickly turned to chaos. “The City of Light” was [...] Read More
Think global, act local
By Victoria Barrow | November 20, 2015 - 2:00pm EST
Climate change. Terrorism. Nuclear warfare. Pandemics. Today more than ever, we are being confronted with issues that are global in nature. Gone are the days when a country’s biggest problems were confined to its own boundaries. Nations are so economically, socially, and technologically intertwined that they are forced to depend on one another. We are all, whether we realize it or not, impacted by globalization. [...] Read More
Students in Mali (UN Photo/Marco Dormino)
By Rene Wadlow | November 20, 2015 - 10:00am EST
When the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, governments took a major step forward in establishing a framework of world law to protect the basic dignity and rights of children in all parts of the world.  On November 20, we remember with gratitude those who worked to develop the concepts and reality of the Rights of the Child, but [...] Read More
Young Sudanese girl holding a baby near USAID tent in Al Salam internally displaced persons camp. UNICEF estimates 33% of Sudanese women aged 20-24 were married before 18. Credit: Sven Torfinn/CC By 2.0
By Daniela Baughman | November 19, 2015 - 10:00am EST
When you're a teenager, there is a lot to worry about—school grades, friend groups, identity—but for 700 million women alive today, they also had to worry about their husbands. While in the west we usually complain about our parents as teenagers and our mothers-in-law as adults, child brides often need to worry about their mothers-in-law as teenagers. They enter into the household of their spouse with no economic or [...] Read More
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