The pillar of freedom unites 123 countries around the world in the institution called democracy. Whether each of these countries is truly democratic and whether the definition of freedom is […]
Recently, three Muslim teenage girls from India–Aneeqa Khalid, Noma Nazir, and Farah Deeba–started a rock band called Praagaash, which means “from darkness to light.” They were the only female band in the national Battle of the Bands in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar this past December. The band quickly received a lot of attention, but soon afterwards, their situation took a turn to the worse.
For as long as I can remember I’ve known about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Young and impressionable, I believed Palestine was the “bad guy” and Israel was the “good guy”, trying to return to reclaim its rightful homeland. As the years have passed, I’ve become aware that history is no one-dimensional, black/white slab, but rather a multidimensional, multicolored prism which changes in appearance depending on the light.
Every year on December 10th, people and organizations around the world prepare to commemorate Human Rights Day. For some, every day is human rights day, but it’s important to have […]
Mónica Roa is a human rights defender and the Program Director of Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), an NGO promoting Gender Justice in Columbia. This is a letter written for Amnesty International’s annual Write #4rights campaign, by youth blogger Sofia- calling for Sr. Presidente Santos to address the violence, threats and intimidation that WLW has received because of it’s work with reproductive rights.
The Interfaith Youth Activist bloggers pledged to write letters for the Write #4Rights campaign! We will be writing letters weekly and posting them online for you to read (and hopefully inspire you to write), as well as, mailing them out. Join us in writing letters!
During my assembly at school two weeks ago, two girls came in to speak about Hand in Hand, their school in Israel/Palestine. They described their experience at Hand and Hand, […]
“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote,” William E. Simon, former US Secretary of the Treasury Today is an important day for my Pakistani family; […]
In the last few years that my mother lived in Afghanistan, the Taliban were on control. She was forced to quit college, and her education was ended in Afghanistan. When I heard about Malala, it made me think about what also happened to my mother, and how she was forced to do something she did not want to do.
At the age of 11, when I grumbled about doing homework, Malala voiced her views on women’s education, blogging anonymously to the BBC about life under the Taliban. She experienced the horrors of having the very thing that guaranteed her freedom of mind, slowly leeched away by extremists.