Today is Human Rights Day. Please acknowledge the fact that there are human rights being violated everyday, and it’s a perpetual struggle to survive for many victims of human rights violations. I made the decision a while ago to dedicate the rest of my life helping those who cannot help themselves. Anyone can be and should be a defender of human rights, and be a voice for the voiceless. Human dignity and human life should be treated with the highest respect, no matter who they are. Always.
Thank you Madiba for all you have done. Rest in Power, Nelson Mandela!!! #Revolutionary
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