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[10 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
Costa Rica: A Good Place to Be a Woman

Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief
Here’s the data. Costa Rica ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the international women’s bill of rights, in 1986, and its Optional Protocol in 2001. (The US has yet to ratify it.)
An Act Promoting the Social Equality of Women became law in 1990. The Beijing Declaration and World Platform for Action that followed the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 inspired a new series of laws and policies in Costa Rica. Its National Institute for Women (INAMU), established in …

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[10 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
Rita Marie Johnson: Sustainable Education for Peace

Rita Marie is the creator of BePeace, a practice that allows individuals to access their natural wisdom and compassion, and the founder of the Rasur Foundation in Costa Rica, whose main project is the Academy for Peace.  She also founded a US nonprofit, Rasur Foundation International, which has initiated BePeace in many states and offers it as one of the courses in the certificate program of the National Peace Academy. Rita Marie teaches at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and has introduced BePeace in Japan, Canada, and …

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[10 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Changing Rifles into Notebooks: Peace Education in Costa Rica

Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief
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Article 78 of Costa Rica’s 1871 constitution, which made schooling both free and mandatory, may be seen as the first step in this nation’s progress toward peace education. Tomás Guardia Gutierrez, the president who enacted that constitution, came to power as a war hero, but his several terms in office saw the opening of many schools and colleges. He founded the National Bank and the National Archives, and in 1877 he abolished the death penalty.
The story continues with the 1946 epic poem Rasur, “a dreamlike reality” in …

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[7 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace</em>: Alex Simon, “Empathy and a Loud Voice”

-By Corinne Mitchell
Administration and Outreach Manager

It’s June, the month of Fathers Day, and once again we’re featuring peacebuilding men we love.
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Involved in entrepreneurship since he was 11, Alex Simon now connects students around the world with opportunities to engage in social activism and philanthropy. In addition to his full-time job managing The Compass Fellowship, Alex works closely with many world-changing groups, including the Young Presidents’ Organization, Ashoka, MFI Connect, and Minga. Alex is a recent graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. His …