Meet the Rotary Peace Fellows – Nixon Nembaware

Nixon Nembaware graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Political Science and Administration, with honors from the University of Zimbabwe. He accepted his Peace Fellowship from the Innational Christian   Before … Read more

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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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Meet the Rotary Peace Fellows – Sharon Edington

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

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Saudi Women Take Their Place in the Driver’s Seat

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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Gun Violence by the Numbers

Recently, Americans witnessed another mass shooting, this time at the Washington Navy Yard in the nation’s capital.  Thirteen people were killed and another 14 were injured.  The shooter was well-armed, with among other guns, an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle.  He … Read more

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Coup in Egypt or Not? The Implications Under International Law

The Egyptian election commission announced on 24 June 2012 that Mohammed Morsi won the presidential election with 51.7 percent of the vote, exceeding the 48.3 percent of his contender Ahmed Shafik and effectively becoming Egypt’s first democratically-elected president. Yet since … 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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The Challenge & Promise of a Graying Planet

The world is going gray.  There were about 810 million people aged 60 years or older worldwide in 2012, and their number is projected to grow to more than 2 billion by 2050. At that point seniors will outnumber children … Read more

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Reflections on the Meaning of Memorial Day

The intention of Memorial Day is to honor all who died in America’s wars, not to celebrate militarism or bless war. Instead of letting the holiday be co-opted to perpetuate militarism, let us resolutely focus on honoring those who have … Read more

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