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INDONESIAN COMFORT WOMEN - JUSTICE DENIED
During the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of women throughout Asia were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. They were referred to as "comfort women." The last remaining survivors of the Indonesian comfort women are seeking to have the Japanese government acknowledge the truth about what happened and apologize for these crimes. As more of these women die, their struggle for justice has taken on a greater urgency.
I first heard about the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2000 as a student, when I was introduced to the world of international human rights of women. The subject was new and exciting for me. I was enthusiastic about grasping … Read more
Sharon Edington is a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Bradford in the UK studying for her MA in Conflict, Security and Development. Prior to commencing her Rotary Fellowship, Sharon worked for eight years in various contexts including the … Read more
A Community Approach to Mental Health Building Back Better, a recent report by the the World Health Organization (WHO), outlines a new, community oriented approach to providing mental health care in developing countries that have experienced devastating emergencies. The report describes … Read more
In Saudi Arabia, a woman’s freedom of movement is very limited. Women are not supposed to leave their houses or their local neighborhood without the permission of their male guardian, and the company of a mahram (close male relative). However, … Read more
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Shortly before my Pop died, I was working on a play with a Christmas theme. I’d had him over for dinner and just offhandedly asked, “Well, Pop, you got any Vietnam Christmas stories?” not expecting an answer, because he rarely talked about his three tours in Vietnam. Read more
I recently had the experience of sitting with two women I had just met and listening to their stories. I was also able to tell a brief personal story. We all marveled at how vividly we lived into each other’s stories, how we were so easily right there with them. Read more