A Call for Peace, Dignity, and Justice
Since 2003, The Carter Center has convened a series of global Human Rights Defenders Forums to assess the most pressing challenges from those on the frontlines of the struggle. This year’s forum is a culmination of work over 13 years by some of the most courageous and effective human rights defenders and peacemakers. From June 18-21, 2016, activists and peacemakers from 22 countries gathered for The Carter Center’s Annual Human Rights Defenders Forum, “A Time for Peace: Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights.” Forum participants joined former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in calling for all nations to recommit to the realization of universal human rights, the advancement of women’s leadership, and the rejection of violent approaches to countering extremists, which have resulted in an unending cycle of violence.
Extremism's Earliest Critics
Long before the Islamic State (ISIS) was a fixture in world news, Syrian women were warning about the spread of extremism among the displaced and refugee population of their county. In 2012, still the early days of the war, one peace activist told me, “Our kids need schools, but the international community is absent. Instead,” she continued, “the Saudis are introducing their curricula to our communities.” Syrian children, she implied, were suddenly being exposed to materials that condoned intolerance and bigotry as the “true” Islam.
Behind-the-Scenes Look at Carter Center Election Observation
The Carter Center has observed more than 100 elections around the world. How do we decide where to go? What does an election observer do? Avery Davis-Roberts, who manages the Center's Democratic Election Standards Project, explains in this episode of The Carter Center podcast.
UN Women: 2017 in Review
This webpage provides an overview of major events related to women's rights that occurred in 2017, from allowing women in Saudi Arabia to drive to the #MeToo social media movement.
Banging Pots for Peace: Strategies to Prevent Electoral Violence
The article discusses nonviolent protest measures and other strategies than can help prevent violent responses to elections and encourage elections to be free and fair.
A Conversation with Marguerite Barankitse
Emory 21 Days of Peace will culminate on September 22 with a discussion featuring Marguerite Barankitse, world-renowned Burundian humanitarian and founder of Maison Shalom. When Burundi’s terrible civil war erupted in 1993, Barankitse witnessed and was the victim of murderous attacks. She found herself caring for hundreds of children who had no one to care for them, prompting her to found Maison Shalom, a complex of schools, hospitals, and a network of care extending throughout Burundi, focusing on children’s welfare and rights while challenging ethnic discrimination. The scope of her action as well as the fact that she protects all children without consideration of their origin, Tutsi or Hutu, brought her praise from all corners of the world. She is the winner of many international awards, including the Opus Prize, which recognizes unsung heroes who are conquering the world’s most challenging problems; the Prize for Conflict Prevention, presented to her by Ambassador Kofi Annan and awarded annually by Fondation Chirac, launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac; a $1.1M Aurora Prize for awakening humanity, an award given to humanitarians in memory of the Armenian genocide; and the Voices of Courage Award of the Women’s Commission for Women and Refugee Children. She holds an honorary degree from Emory University.
What Can the U.S. Do to Help Make Peace in Afghanistan?
"We want peace, but not at the cost of injustice." Judge Najla Ayoubi asks the U.S. government for help in elevating the role of women in Afghanistan and its support for a reconciliation process that allows victims' voices to be heard.
The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
Julie Bindel's "The Pimping of Prostitution" examines one of the most contested issues facing feminists, human rights activists and governments around the globe – the international sex trade. Over the course of two years, Bindel conducted 250 interviews in almost 40 countries,Bindel uncovered the lies, mythology and criminal activity that shroud this global trade, and suggests here a way forward for the women seeking to abolish the oldest oppression. Rachel Moran, sex trade survivor and author of "Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution" will join Bindel to discuss how sexual exploitation can be successfully combatted.
The Rise of Islamophobia
Islamophobia and violent extremism are inextricably linked. As Islamophobia continues to grip much of the Western world, join us in discussing the effects of stigmatizing Muslims and learn more about what The Carter Center and others are doing to help stem the tide of anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination.
ERA Coalition Fund for Women's Equality
"Without an Equal Rights Amendment, women do not have effective legal recourse when discriminated against simply because they were born female."
How can we revive ourselves and our communities?
Lisa Sharon Harper presents a view from the front line of the struggle against white nationalism -- hear from the author of "The Very Good Gospel", who participated in the August 12 peaceful protest against hate in Charlottesville, about how we can revive ourselves and our communities.
Pres. Jimmy Carter & Sen. Bernie Sanders in Conversation
President Jimmy Carter and Senator Bernie Sanders discuss the current state of human rights around the world and in U.S. policy. The event took place during the 2017 Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center in Atlanta.
Online Security for Human Rights Defenders
Abeer Pamuk of Atlas Corps, Nighat Dad of Digital Rights Foundation, and RuthAnna Buffalo of Honor the Earth and Sacred Pipe Resource Center talk about online activism and cybersecurity for human rights defenders.
A Mission of Faith: Ending Child Marriage
Engaging faith leaders and religious communities is an important strategy for ending child marriage.
Sexual Assault and Rape on University Campuses
Statistics related to sexual assault and rape on University campuses, updated Jan. 29, 2016.
47 Years of Temporary Occupation
After nearly half a century, the Israeli occupation is still going strong.
Faith or Extremism?
Help for relatives: The Advice Centre on Radicalisation offers a guide to recognizing the signs of radicalization occurring in a friend, student or loved one, and offers strategies and solutions to help.
Building More Inclusive Political Transitions
A review of the Syrian case.
Ghanaian Counselor Wants Pupils to Know Their Rights
Asmau Ayub, a counselor at the Ghana Lebanon Islamic Secondary School in Accra, has taken techniques she learned at a Carter Center–sponsored human rights training program run by the Center’s partner, Tostan, and used them to introduce a human rights curriculum in her school.
Nurturing Fitrah Foundation
The Nurturing Fitrah Foundation aims to bridge the gap in parental care through seminar, workshop, road shows, health care, caring for the indigents, training, grooming teenagers, skill acquisition, counseling, get-together in festive periods, and other family related issues. www.nurturingfitrahfoundation.com
Due Diligence and State Responsibility to Eliminate Violence Against Women
Putting international human rights law to effective use requires a clear understanding of the complexity of State obligation as well as frameworks for evaluating State performance.
A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune with Salma Abugideiri and Rabbi Mark Dratch offer reflections on marriage, divorce, the role of the clergy, parent-child relationships, the role of the clergy, and approaches to suffering through the lens of religious teachings. Focusing in interpreting Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scripture, this essay offers support for using religious teachings to advocate against violence and discrimination towards women and children.
Heart for India Foundation
Heart for India foundation helps underprivileged children to access education in India to cut the cycle of poverty.
Women's Rights are Human Rights: United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner
This publication provides an introduction to women’s human rights, beginning with the main provisions in international human rights law and going on to explain particularly relevant concepts for fully understanding women’s human rights. Finally, selected areas of women’s human rights are examined together with information on the main work of United Nations human rights mechanisms and others pertaining to these topics. The aim of the publication is to offer a basic understanding of the human rights of women as a whole, but because of the wide variety of issues relevant to women’s human rights, it should not be considered exhaustive.