During these 16 Days of Activism, we recall how politician and peace activist, Asha Haji Elmi blogged for us in 2014, shining a light on the reality of abuse in Somali IDP camps, and highlighting the work of Save Somali Women And Children - SSWC in empowering survivors to transform their lives.
Today we mark the third anniversary of our Founder Madiba’s passing. In these challenging times, we recall our mandate to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.
"Despite the rise of populist, at times isolationist, figures in several countries I am happy to report that there are many leaders, organisations and ordinary citizens who are still determined to act together to secure a sustainable future for our people and planet."
"All across the world, we see rising levels of xenophobia and intolerance. Public discourse is increasingly tarnished by harsh and ugly rhetoric, especially online where women and minority groups are targeted for cowardly abuse. This dangerous rise of “uncivil society” threatens us all."
Mary Robinson pens our latest newsletter in which she rejects isolationism and points to concerted... View details ⇨
“We must not squander this chance.” President Jimmy Carter believes that the United States can still push for peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict by recognising the State of Palestine before President Barack Obama leaves office. Read his op-ed in the The New York Times [ Nytimes.com Link ]
"I wondered how parents, who are supposed to care for us the most, could possibly allow 'honour' to corrupt their unconditional love."
During these 16 Days of Activism, we recall how youth activist Arifa Nasim blogged for us in 2015, reflecting on challenging prejudice within communities and her work to empower the young to combat violence against women.
"The most terrible human rights abuse unaddressed is the abuse of women and girls..." Jimmy Carter
In 2014, four Elders spoke about raising awareness about violence against women as the key to ending this injustice. Two years on, our message remains the same: increased awareness can act as a catalyst for action.