Our French delegation was at the Femmes Monde à la Coupole last night commemorating the struggle and efforts of Simone de Beauvoir. Claudine Monteil, her student and close friend shared memories of Simone de Beauvoir. She has written books on her life and the challenges she faced to realize more rights for women in France. The program was at la Coupoule, where Simone de Beauvoir had lunch every day.
The United Nations has enlisted Oscar-winning Australian actor Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis. The UN refugee agency said it had appointed Blanchett as its newest goodwill ambassador, a role also held by US film star Angelina Jolie. “I am deeply proud to take on this role,” Blanchett said in a statement, stressing that “there has never been a more crucial time to stand with refugees and show solidarity”. […]
Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan, has been chosen to receive the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day,3 May, hosted by Finland this year. An independent international jury of media professionals recommended Ms Ismayilova in recognition of her outstanding contribution to press freedom in difficult circumstances. “Khadija Ismayilova highly deserves the Prize and I am happy to see that her courage and professionalism are recognized,” said Ljiljana Zurovac, Chair […]
The recent terrorist attacks by Islamic fundamentalists in Paris and Brussels, but also in Turkey, Kenya, Tunisia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Yemen, show us that we are facing a global threat that needs to be combated with measures affecting different aspects in which this terrorism is based. In some cases, the military response can be useful and even necessary, but even when this response is chosen, it is necessary to address the causes of this terrorism and try to fight them […]
FENCER / TEAM USA I remember playing many different sports as a kid — as a Muslim youth — and always looking different from my teammates, and having to change the uniforms to where I was wearing long pants or long sleeves when my teammates were wearing shorts and tank tops. That feeling of always being different — it was uncomfortable… When I discovered fencing, I remember putting on my fencing mask, and for the first time, feeling like I […]
For women throughout the world, fundamentalism in politics and religion have often been described as oppressive. Accusations of human rights abuses are made by global watchdog agencies, but often the world has few options available to intercede in behalf of these women. As we have seen in Syria, Nigeria and a host of other countries, women bear the brunt of fundamentalism in terms of restrictions to basic necessities, limited health care, lack of control over their own bodies and even […]