Global Voices The Blog of American Jewish World Service

The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.


Mayan communities advocate for their land: Reflections from Guatemala

Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resource Rights at AJWS, visited AJWS’s grantee organizations in Guatemala and has been sharing stories from his travels. “The Time of Suffering”—what the Q’eqchi’ Mayans call the 30 plus years of conflict that ended in the mid 1990s—hit hard in Alta and Baja Vera Paz, two departments in north-central Guatemala that faced …Read More

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AJWS grantee OFRANEH awarded 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize

We’re proud to share that AJWS grantee OFRANEH (The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña) is the international winner of the 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize! The Food Sovereignty Prize spotlights grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system. The honorees are recognized for promoting food sovereignty by raising public awareness, organizing on-the-ground action, …Read More

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Emma Nesper Holm

26.2 miles on the road to rights

On November 1, I will be running the New York Marathon in support of American Jewish World Service! My AJWS story began in Senegal in the summer of 2007. I was a graduate intern at Tostan (a long-time AJWS grantee) which does incredible human rights work in communities across Senegal and throughout Africa.

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