Indonesian Comfort Women Seek Justice as Time Runs Out

The term Jugun Ianfu (Comfort Women) refers to those women who were forced into sexual slavery to fulfill the sexual needs of Japanese military personnel and civil officers at ianjo or comfort stations during the Asian Pacific War in 1931-1945.  … Read more

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The International Criminal Court – Mammoth or White Elephant?

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

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Our Conscience Then & Now

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech almost exactly a year before his death which may be unfamiliar to many of us.  It has been somewhat eclipsed in the collective memory of America by his glorious and unforgettable “I … Read more

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The Father of Peace Research

Johan Galtung is a Norwegian professor and author, widely regarded as the “Father of Academic Peace Research.”  He is a mathematician, sociologist, political scientist and the founder of the discipline of peace studies.  His pioneering and continuing efforts have inspired … Read more

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9/11 – Unforeseen Consequeces

Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the world is a different place than we could have ever imagined. The world is still working through the consequences of the terrorist attacks that changed … Read more

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Workplace Bullies, Corporate Psychopaths

The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) defines workplace bullying as “repeated mistreatment: sabotage by others that prevents work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation, and humiliation.”  Results from surveys conducted by the WBI and Zogby International in 2007 and … Read more

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Malala Day 2013 Celebrates Her Courageous Fight for Access to Education

As a Teen Advisor for Girl Up, I was honored to attend Malala Day 2013 at the United Nations to hear Malala Yousafzai give her first public speech since being shot by the Taliban in October 2012 for daring to … Read more

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The Tragedy of Child Brides

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that of a total 140 million child marriages expected to take place between 2011 and 2020, 50 million will involve girls under the age of 15.  The UN, and most organization which track … Read more

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Rotary – Recruiting the Next Generation of Peacemakers

The Rotary Peace Fellowship offers full funding for a master’s degree or professional certificate in peace study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers around the world. “Rotary believes, as I believe, that it is possible to have a world … Read more

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Frederick Douglass – Father of America’s Civil Rights Movement

Frederick Douglass was a man who continually reinvented himself and would, in time, create the modern American civil rights movement and reshape American politics. The son of a slave woman and an unknown white man, “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey” was … Read more

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