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 President Ruth Messinger

Take action: Join #MyLifeAt15 to end child marriage

At the age of 15, I was an optimistic young teenager in New York, inspired by the civil rights movement and dreaming about how I might contribute to creating a better world. Looking back, my ambitions at 15 laid the foundation for my entire career—a full 60 years of fighting for social and global justice. Just like me, every 15-year-old girl deserves a chance to pursue her dreams. Sadly, many girls never get those opportunities.

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AJWS Remembers founder Larry Phillips

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) mourns the passing of our beloved founding donor, Larry Phillips—a visionary philanthropist who brought the dream of a Jewish organization dedicated to ending poverty and promoting human rights alive.

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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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