An Interview with Just Associates Mesoamerica (JASS) about the possibilities arising after Bernardo Arévalo was sworn in as President of Guatemala. The transition comes following months of efforts by former leaders to hold on to power, as well as months of peaceful protest by local movements in support of a democratic and peaceful transition of power.
"It has been a really difficult year across the globe. There seems to be little to quell the lack of compassion, and distrust among people and nations, and peace seems like a distant dream. It is sometimes hard to be hopeful. And yet in the face of all of this, what we need now is to continue to show up for peace.
An underrecognized, but far too prominent, form of gender-based violence which affects girls as young as 10, is child marriage. In South Sudan it is seen as a way for families to escape poverty. Ironically – it does the opposite, trapping girls in a cycle of poverty and violence, and preventing the entire nation from achieving economic and social growth and prosperity.
Afghanistan is a country in which women and girls have paid the price of war and conflict. During the last two decades women and girls in my country have fought for their rights to education, political participation, equality, access to social and economic rights. We have fought for our ability to become who we want to be, and lead dignified and fulfilled lives.
A famous Yemeni poet once described Sana’a City as “a beauty, loved by tuberculosis and scabies”. This description always comes to mind when I see or hear about the immense injustice girls and women are facing daily in Yemen. Imagining them as pure beautiful souls held captive by the power of deadly tuberculosis and scabies.
The best practices from Malawi on feminist collectivism and leadership in ensuring efficiency in Disaster Reduction
Climate disasters are increasing in frequency, and becoming more and more concerning. Not only do they raise concerns about the future of our planet, but they also present intersecting challenges to vulnerable populations that already face many intertwined issues.
All my life I heard about mental illnesses. In fact, I could say I heard about one mental illness: madness. Madness because of sickness, sickness because of madness. But it was only a few years ago that I heard the concept of mental health, not as the absence of illness, but as well-being. Because in the end, being well is what all of us look for in life.
I’m sitting by my window in my new home, observing the colors of nature outside. Large green spaces covered by blue sky, intercepted with the sweet sounds of hummingbirds flying high above with ultimate freedom. However, as I bring my gaze inside, the beautiful scene is disturbed by a pile of white and green packages on my desk. There are dozens of them before me, placed in a carefully organized order which does not reflect my random (or sometimes messy) personality. The word “Antidepressant” is written on each of them.
The words of Hillary Rodham Clinton, "When women engage in economic activities, the benefits extend to everyone. When women participate in peacemaking and peacekeeping, the safety and security of all are enhanced," have reverberated across numerous platforms, conferences, and similar gatherings. These words took on a deeper and more reflective meaning during my visit to the Republic of Rwanda in July 2023 as a delegate with the Nobel Women Initiative for Women Deliver 2023.
In June 2023 I had the opportunity to join the Nobel Women’s Initiative delegation to Rwanda which, involved visiting local communities and organizations who had played a role in supporting recovery after genocide, and participation in the Women Deliver Conference 2023.
Rwanda is renowned not only for a remarkable recovery after devastating conflict, but also for narrowing the gender gap in the process. As an advocate for inclusive peace and security, and gender equality, I was overwhelmed with happiness at the prospect of learning from their experience and connecting with inspiring women who are catalysts for change worldwide.