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[8 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner:</em>Report Back from the Commission on the Status of Women

-By Kim Weichel, CEO
Participating in the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference at the UN is one of the highlights of my year. It is the time when thousands of accomplished and passionate women of all ages come together in one place to share their work, wisdom, experiences, and successes to empower women. It’s inspiring, humbling, illuminating, and a huge joy to meet such extraordinary women from so many communities!
CSW is a commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), charged with evaluating progress and formulating …

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[23 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Darfur Women at the Frontlines: Raising Voices for Peace

Jose Tenga
Canada/Sudan

“This is the very first time in my life when I have been asked to suggest ways and means for ending this war. And it has happened because you called this meeting. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to make my contribution to the search for peace in my country.” (Female delegate to the DDR Sensitization workshop in El Fasher, North Darfur, August, 2011)
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Mention the name Darfur and the mind immediately conjures images of death, destruction, and desolation caused by more than a decade of relentless factional fighting …

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[20 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Me, the UN? I’m the One Who Observes and Reports

Luna Kalas
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“I wear sunglasses while talking to these people and I know exactly how inappropriate that is. Sunglasses make people look cool and arrogant and I don’t need that look right now. But I can’t take them off because then I would  need to explain why the UN is crying.”
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Two of us are sitting in the only decent room in the biggest dump of a hotel you can imagine. The power is off and our laptops are about to die. We drink beer. We’re both tired. I don’t …

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[23 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Children Are the Best Peacebuilders

Martha Llanos
Peru

Author’s Note: The United Nations (UN) Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day has marked those anniversaries.
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In today’s world, where peace isn’t in everyone’s minds and hearts, children’s contributions to the construction of peace are an asset. …