“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted and adopted by the United Nations in the aftermath of the atrocities of World War II, the Declaration’s 30 articles were codified as …Read More
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.
According to the UN, women in the developing world make up 43% of the agricultural labor force but own only 15% of the land. While I find this figure unsettling, I can’t say that I’m surprised.
Why I Light my Chanukah Candles Every winter, as the days shorten and darken, I look forward to Chanukah. The sight of the candles over eight nights helps us create those sacred moments that daily life so often crowds out. The flicker of the flame evokes history, identity, shared experience. I see in my children …Read More
Today marks the first World AIDS Day under the Trump Administration. As Policy Advisor for Sexual Health and Rights at AJWS, I recall sitting down by my desk at this moment last year to reflect on what the eight years of the global AIDS response under President Obama achieved.
Just Thought is a series of essays from AJWS applying Jewish wisdom to the pursuit of tikkun olam today. Drawing upon Jewish history, Torah sources and the latest headlines, we plumb pressing questions about human rights and global justice from a Jewish perspective through monthly essays by noted scholars, activists and AJWS staff. I was …Read More
During a four-week trip, made possible through AJWS funds, Tun Khin met some of the 615,000 Rohingya refugees who escaped persecution at the hands of the Burmese military and made the perilous journey by foot and by boat to camps in neighboring Bangladesh.