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.

A Christmas Tribute to Liberia’s Unsung Heroes

Tomorrow morning, hundreds of thousands of Liberians will wake up, attend their local church, and gather with their loved ones to relax and rejoice. The occasion? Christmas, a day on which 85 percent of Liberia’s four million people celebrate family, selflessness, peace on earth and good will to all. As Liberians observe this important public …Read More

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Human Rights in 2015: A Year in Review

2015. What a year. The past 12 months were marked by devastating disasters and filled with life-affirming hope—here in the United States and around the globe.
Read our round-up of 10 human rights events in 2015 that motivate us to bring greater justice, peace and dignity to the world in the year ahead.

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Maria Magdalena Xalcut, member of AJWS grantee CCDA

Women Lead the Struggle for Land: Reflections from Guatemala

Maria Magdalena Xalcut is in her 60s, but she has more energy than most women half her age. She is a member of Comité Campesino del Altiplano – Committee of Peasants of the Highlands (CCDA), a grassroots organization of small-scale farmers supported by AJWS. The group works in 11 regions throughout Guatemala to confront land rights challenges and meet the needs of rural, predominantly Mayan communities.

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