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Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Linda Sartor is not afraid to die. Dedicated to nonviolence, she spent 10 years after September 11, 2001 traveling to conflict zones throughout the world as an unarmed peacekeeper, with roles ranging from protective accompaniment to direct interpositioning between parties when tensions were running high. She documents her work across the world — in Israel/Palestine, ...

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Syria — Life Through a Lens: Photography Workshop Helps Young Refugees See Their World with Fresh Eyes

  Human Wrongs Watch In Syria, they witnessed humanity at its worst. Now, through photography, young refugees look at their world with fresh eyes. Written by Charlie Dunmore, Friday 17 October 2014 (UNHCR)*  More than half of the 3 million people driven into exile by the conflict in Syria are children. Haunted by violence and loss, they have also been deprived of a voice. At Za’atari refugee camp in Jo ...

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Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post 2015 development agenda

SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions. More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children's opinions and their recommendations for the future. "The message from the children involved in the consultations ...

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The greatest coping strategy is helping others — a conversation with Liberian activist B. Abel Learwellie

By Bryan Farrell for Waging Nonviolence Liberian human rights activist B. Abel Learwellie has seen more death and destruction than any person should have to endure. He’s lived through two civil wars, during which he lost family members, witnessed brutal killings, and was kidnapped and forced to serve as a child soldier. Now, he’s on the frontlines of another massacre: the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history ...

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“Alarming Number of Girls Assaulted, Beaten, Raped, Mutilated and Even Murdered”

  Human Wrongs Watch An estimated 70 million girls aged 15 to 19 report being victims of some form of physical violence while around 120 million girls under the age of 20 have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, while 70 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 who had been victims of physical or sexual violence never sought help as many said they did not think it was abuse or did not se ...

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Addressing domestic violence — together

Victoria Law Given that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve been thinking about ways in which friends, loved ones and other community members have helped support survivors in their circles. If 75 women are abused every hour, readers most likely know at least one person who is or has been in an abusive relationship. Chances are that most of us, when confronted with abuse in our communities, ma ...

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Hong Kong Students Set Date for Talks with Government over Pro-Democracy Demands

In Hong Kong, student protesters have agreed to begin talks with government officials on Friday after more than a week of pro-democracy demonstrations. Tens of thousands have flooded the streets in opposition to China’s plan to select candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 elections. The protests have wound down in recent days, but student leader Lester Shum said they could resume if the talks fail. Lester Shum: " ...

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Instead of bombing ISIS

  This two-part article offers a pro-peace perspective on the present war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. First some principles to stimulate another discourse, another way of thinking that is not militarist – and then some concrete proposals – 27 in all for your deliberation, discussion with friends and perhaps to share through your social and other media. By Jan Oberg -  October 6th, 2014 Neither war nor d ...

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2nd Active Nonviolence International Film Festival awards

The 2nd Active Nonviolence International Film Festival (FICNOVA) has awarded special prizes to five productions from different countries. FICNOVA is organised by volunteer teams of World without Wars and Violence, an international organisation of the Humanist Movement, together with other humanist organisations, groups and individuals who share the same purpose of advancing in the development of nonviolence ...

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Call on Pope Francis to Reopen Vatican for Changes in the Church

  Human Wrongs Watch By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, 6 October 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service — On October 4th we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. When HH the Pope took the name of St. Francis he declared his desire that we be a church of the poor and a church for the poor.   He spoke with passion, calling for justice for the poor, for peace, and an end to violence ...

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