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.


AJWS celebrates our 30th anniversary in New York City!

Wow—what an unforgettable night! We’re still buzzing from our 30th anniversary gala at Pier Sixty in New York City last night. Hundreds of AJWS supporters came together to celebrate three decades of pursuing justice and equality for millions around the world—and we couldn’t have done it without our supporters.

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#TBT: Let Judd Apatow Make You Laugh

As the person behind AJWS’s social media, I love nothing more than a good post for Throwback Thursday—that’s #TBT. Check out this gem from 2010 when director Judd Apatow teamed up with some of our favorite Hollywood stars to poke fun at our name.

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What Burma/Myanmar’s Historic Elections Mean for the Country

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, more than 30 million people voted in Burma*’s first contested elections in 25 years. 2011 marked the end of nearly 50 years of military rule, creating an opening for a more democratic state. In Sunday’s elections, Burma’s citizens expressed a desire for change. All that remains is to transform this desire into reality.

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What’s Missing in the Fight Against Early and Child Marriage: Insights from India

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Girls Summit in Washington, DC, where American Jewish World Service joined other organizations to discuss a problem that affects 15 million girls each year: early and child marriage (ECM). AJWS was thrilled to launch our new policy brief at the event, “What’s Missing in the Fight Against Early and Child Marriage: Insights from India.” If you missed it, read on for a few highlights.

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Doña Argentina (center) with leaders of AJWS grantee FPR

“You have guns. We have our voices.”: Reflections from Guatemala

Peten is Guatemala’s Wild West. Throughout its history, this department—similar to a state—was known for its large fincas (plantations) and populated by landless laborers and small farmers, including indigenous people. Many migrants were often encouraged to move to Peten by the government. Despite its bucolic appearance, Peten has been roiled by several volatile conflicts: the drug trade, the battle over the damming of the region’s rivers, and the country’s long civil war.

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