Issue 1: August 2015

Features

The Children Left Behind

It is a cold, rainy day in Chunchi, a canton in the Chimborazo Province in southern Ecuador. Eight-year-old Nicole has just arrived at school in Ramos Lomas, one of the rural communities in Chunchi.

Ignacio, Estela’s Grandson

I had reached a comfortable place in my life, I found out that I am really the son of a family who was ‘disappeared’ during Argentina’s last military dictatorship, and that my grandmother is Estela de Carlotto

Claudia, Estela’s Other Daughter

Claudia Carlotto, the coordinator of the National Commission on the Right to Identity (CONADI), personally gives DNA results to the hundreds of people that have come searching for their true identity.

Afghan ‘Girl Power’

“My first love is coding. People think that girls can’t code, but I forget about the war and conflict in Afghanistan when I’m coding,” said Nooria Ismaelzade, a 25-year-old student from Herat, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities located near the border with Iran.

Marital Rape in India

India’s legitimized rape – The world’s largest democracy refuses to criminalize marital rape. Priyali Sur reports.

Profiles Women of Valor Israel

Ruth Colian

Founder of first Haredi Women’s Party, U’Bezchutan

Lihi Lapid

Bestselling author; Journalist; Speaker on women’s issues

Anat Thon

Lawyer for Social Justice; Coordinator of the Israel 1325 Project; Program Director at Itach-Maaki

Racheli Ibenboim

Co-Founder of the First Hasidic Feminist Organization; Agent of Social Change

Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon

Feminist Spiritual Innovator; Community Leader; First Female Congregational Rabbi in Israel

Pnina Tamano

Former Knesset Member for Yesh Atid; First Ethiopian-Israeli TV Presenter; Lawyer

Linor Abargil

Advocate Against Sexual Violence; Lawyer; Beauty Queen; Rape Survivor

Reviews

A Foreigner And One Of Us

The idea for the book began with a television program. Throughout 2006 and 2007, journalists Julián Martín (known as Juliqui) and Susana Falcón interviewed several women who had participated in the famed uprisings in the Spanish town of Marinaleda in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Defying The Impossible. Bringing Peace To Guatemala.

The 2015 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City brought together 16 powerful stories about individuals and communities whose actions have had a positive impact in countries such as Iran, Colombia, and Sudan.

A Tale of Two British Women

American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann once told me during an interview how male executives from major record labels always gave her problems when she wanted to use cover art for albums that did not objectify herself.

Commentary

The Need for More to Combat Campus Rape

Brought to national attention recently through the efforts of activists and legislative initiatives, this topic has become increasingly complex as colleges and the country at large react to the phenomenon. In many ways, an article that was meant to legitimize anti-rape activism ultimately had the opposite effect.

Hard-Won Gains by Afghan Women Are at Serious Risk

Afghan women have made enormous progress since the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban regime almost fourteen years ago. However, as domestic and international priorities have changed, and without sustained pressure and continued financial support from the international community, these hard-won gains are at serious risk of being reversed.

Spotlight

IKWRO

Founded by Diana Nammi in 2002, the Iranian Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (IKWRO) combats forced marriages, FGM and honor-based violence against women from the Middle East and Afghanistan living in the United Kingdom.

Afghan Women's Writing Project

The AWWP, founded in 2009, publishes stories, oral histories and poems written by Afghan women and girls about their everyday lives, hopes and dreams, and provides a forum for their authentic, unfiltered voices.

White Ribbon Campaign

Launched in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global campaign by men to combat violence against women, to promote gender equality and to foster a new understanding of masculinity.

Nomi Network

Nomi Network is a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

Dream Architecture for a Human Rights Museum

“The only one of its kind in the world,” boasts the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) that opened its doors last year in Winnipeg, the capital of the western province of Manitoba.

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