A ground-shaking terror attack that destroyed hotels, government offices and restaurants left the office of Witness Somalia—an organization aiming to help war-torn Somali society pursue peaceful pathways, free from violence, through empowering women and youth—completely destroyed.
“Whatever decisions and policies are being put forth, women must be at the forefront.”
Visaka Dharmadasa’s two elder sons were drafted into the army. When one went missing, she led a delegation of other mothers of missing servicemen into the jungles to meet with the guerillas who were responsible for their fates.
Despite being left out of formal negotiation processes, women have been at the front lines of peace and security efforts from the beginning.
A pioneer in education, Bushra Qadeem Hyder speaks of her journey of triumphs and challenges bringing up the next generation in a country saturated in conflict.
In the midst of war, an ever-expanding network of dedicated Syrians have been working to heal the torn society. At the center is Ghada Rifai, a trained architect who has built a human network rooted in the values of peace, diversity and non-violence.
Lucy Talgieh, a newly-elected municipal representative in Bethlehem, Palestine talked to Ms. about women’s rights, eradicating extremism and promoting a more peaceful homeland.
Born in Iran and a refugee in the UK by the age of 11, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini has been a leading international advocate and peace strategist for 20 years.
Extremist ideologies have been on the rise for decades, but does dropping a bomb solve the problem? We interviewed Mary Akrami, an award winning women’s rights defender and director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, about this issue.
“Senior figures who had refused to support us suddenly realized it was the women of Uganda who were genuinely committed to peace.”