Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for leading a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. This enabled the 2005 election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be president of Liberia — making her the first female elected head of state in Africa and a fellow Nobel laureate of Gbowee.
Women, Water and Wells: Photographs of West Africa by Gil Garcetti
Military use of children= absence of innocence, robbing of childhood.
My research on children’s rights and youth in Africa continues
"Rising From Ashes" is such a moving story that captures the resiliency and determination of the Rwandan people, and fights against the perpetuated negative image that has stigmatized the nation. This film will honestly make you want to work harder and be stronger in whatever it is you do. I was so moved and left thinking about so many things, namely the power of strength and purpose.
At the end of the screening, there was discussion with a panel of very inspiring people. The panel included:
1) Coach of Team Rwanda/first person to race in the Tour de France, Jonathan “Jacques” Boyer
2) a genocide survivor whose parents were unfortunately killed
3) the director of the film “Rising From Ashes”
4) Philip Gourevitch, the author of an incredible book on the Rwandan genocide that really affected me when I was young: We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
At the UN for the screening of “Rising From Ashes,” a story on #Rwanda’s first national cycling team.
The film also celebrates survivors of the genocide
(at United Nations)
There are many unfortunate factors that contribute to high maternal mortality rates in Africa, one of which being the general low status of women in these communities. Many women do not receive the urgent, proper care because their well-being is simply not made a priority. The mindset in the developing world that women are disposable and are of lower status, needs to change in order for any significant global human development to take place. This BBC documentary takes place in Chad.
Clip from Claire Denis’ “White Material” (2009). The film is set in an unnamed, Franco-phone African country, that is engaged in a civil war using child soldiers.