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.

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“The Tables Turn”: Ruth Messinger’s essay from “What I Told My Daughter”

AJWS President Ruth Messinger contributed the essay below to “What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women,” by Nina Tassler with Cynthia Littleton. Ruth Messinger joined a powerful, diverse group of women to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their …Read More

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A student at Own Your Own Community School, one of the institutions that BAWODA supports in Grand Bassa County, Liberia.

Honoring Liberia’s Ebola Fighters: How one AJWS Grantee Empowered Communities to Protect Themselves from Ebola

Supported by AJWS since 2012, BAWODA unites and empowers women across Grand Bassa County to take greater control of their personal and family lives, assume local leadership positions and influence political decision-making. When Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a national state of emergency due to Ebola on August 6, 2014, the group sprang to action to educate Grand Bassans about the virus.

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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake: How Local Organizations Supported by AJWS Are Creating Resilient Communities

AJWS is in it for the long haul in Nepal, where recovery from the April 25, 2015, earthquake has been slow, to say the least. AJWS and other international donors have collectively sent billions of dollars to the recovering country, which was already one of the poorest in the world before it hit headlines. But an unprepared and inefficient government, massive fuel shortages and political conflicts have complicated and delayed the delivery of aid and services.

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