Today, we mark the International Day of Forests, a day to commemorate forests and to raise awareness about the vital role they play in the lives of people and in the health of our planet. Forests across the globe act as our lifelines. They sustain life for countless creatures, provide livelihoods to millions, and serve …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.
I have just returned from Bangladesh, where I witnessed with my own eyes the results of the unspeakable atrocities being perpetrated against the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar). I spent two weeks in Jamtoli, Kutupalong and Balukhali Camps in Bangladesh, just across the border from Burma. These are just some of the many camps …Read More
By Margo Mullinax, PhD, and Elizabeth Daube The 2018 Commission on the Status of Women is underway at the United Nations this week, and at AJWS, we’ve just launched a new video for the occasion. “When Women Lead: Manju’s Story” explores one compelling way of making women’s rights a reality: electing them into public office. …Read More
“What these water companies do not want to understand, is that for us, water has no price, it is not merchandise, and it is not for sale. Water is sacred and it gives us life because without water we would not exist and there would not exist all the nature that gives us joy”. –Aura …Read More
Across Guatemala, the rabbis bore witness to stories of remarkable resistance and resilience that have inspired them to return to their pulpits, schools and organizations ready to lead for change.
One year ago today, in a state-run group home for battered and neglected youth in Guatemala City called Hogar Seguro, 56 girls were locked in a single room that caught fire. While the girls’ screams reverberated through the neighborhood, officials barred neighbors and firefighters from entering the building, leaving the young women to burn alive. …Read More