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From where I stand: "Having more women in conflict mediation is positive for everyone Involved.”

Friday, July 3, 2020

Martinho Carvalho Sarmento, recently promoted to the position of Inspector General, knows the benefits of having women involved in conflict mediation and prevention.

The power of community advocacy and healing for women survivors of violence

Friday, July 3, 2020

Olinda Alves da Silva, 44 is part of a community of women who are pioneering a better way to provide care and support healing for women survivors of the past conflict in Timor-Leste (1975-1999), while working to prevent further violence against women.

From where I stand: Gauri Bista

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Caption Text bhisjadhaisdh The current crisis has created divisions in the villages. The lack of awareness about the pandemic has had huge consequences - migrants returning from India have been stigmatized and not allowed to return to their homes by the villagers. Such negative perceptions have even impacted their families and the social harmony in our community. Many of the migrant workers are returning home with no money. I am very worried to know that a majority of them are the...

From Where I Stand: My commitment to serve humanity is renewed after recovering from COVID-19

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Farheen Sarwat, 49, has worked as Senior Emergency Staff Nurse since 1989 at the Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, a city adjacent to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

From where I stand: During the COVID-19 pandemic, “I may not be physically present, but I want to still be there to give mental and emotional support.”

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ni Ketut Rediten, widely known as Desi, is a counsellor and advocate for people living with HIV. She works for the Provincial Health Office and is stationed at Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services on HIV/AIDS, in Sanglah public hospital in Bali, Indonesia. She was interviewed on April 16.

From Where I stand: “Hunger may kill the poor and vulnerable before COVID-19 does”

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Rita Mahato, a feminist activist from the Madhesi Community of Siraha, Province 2 of Nepal, has worked for over 17 years fighting for women’s rights in her community. In particular, Mahato advocates for ending child marriage, dowry, domestic violence, polygamy, violence against women, and gender discrimination.

From where I stand: About COVID-19, “most people cannot differentiate between true and false information”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Mi Kun Chan Non is the chairperson of Mon Women’s Organization, which helps empower the women of the Mon ethnic group in Myanmar.

From where I stand: “Stay home and stay safe—but what if home is where she feels unsafe?”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Sia Kukaewkasem is an advocate, social worker and survivor of domestic violence. For most people in Mae Sot, north of Thailand, she is a “big sister and friend” who listens and cares for others. With four billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are trapped in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems.

From where I stand: “I’m hoping that things will get better so I can have my job back.”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Ana Paula Soares stands in front of her family’s house in Ermera, Timor-Leste. Photo: Courtesy of Natercia Saldanha  “Starting from this month, I won’t go to work. My family and I are sad that I can’t earn money anymore to help the family and pay for my nephews and nieces’ education.  After high school graduation in 2011, I wanted to pursue a university degree, but then I realized that I could never afford it. So I decided to work and sustain...

From where I stand: “I want to hug my daughter and take care of my parents, but this sacrifice needs to be made to keep them and others safe”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dr. Runa Jha is the Chief Pathologist and Director at the National Public Health Laboratory in Nepal, which is linked with 277 government laboratories across the country and is the only lab authorized to conduct COVID-19 testing. Jha, along with 67 team members, is playing a crucial role in the front-line response to COVID-19.

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