Over the last couple of weeks, the world’s everyday routines have been drastically changed by the continued spread of COVID-19. As the outbreak continues, we are asked to stay home and limit social interactions, forcing many to seek different forms of entertainment and connection. For some, reading is a cure. If there is a positive to this period of social distancing, it might be the chance to expand your horizons and experience all different types of literature.
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Since 1987, the United States has dedicated the month of March to honor women and the substantial, yet often overlooked, contributions they have made to society. The celebration of Women’s History Month has definitely evolved over the years. Its start can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911 and then to the first Women’s History Week organized by the school district of Sonoma, California in 1978, which was considered to be widely successful for its time.
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Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10th. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
It’s important for all organizations and businesses worldwide to recognize their rights and understand that everyone is entitled to their basic inherent human rights. Hearing from expert keynote speakers who have committed themselves to advocating for fair and equal treatment of all citizens is one way to expand and identify the undeniable record of human rights abuses and what protection/justice governments and organizations owe their people. These leaders expertly share their knowledge with the goal of spreading awareness about some of the worlds most marginalized communities and vulnerable citizens who face abuses such as crimes against women, human trafficking, political upheaval and the impact of extreme Islam.
WWSG is home to some incredible human rights activists who are dedicated to positive impact and inspirational stories we can all learn from and aspire too.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, has gained an international following speaking and writing about what she believes to be the inherently violent nature of Islam and its subjugation and abuse of women. Named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2005, one of the Glamour Heroes of 2005 and Reader’s Digest‘s European of the Year for 2005, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a true and sincere advocate to the fight against violence to women and young girls.
Annie Leibovitz, one of the most high-profile celebrity photographers in the world. Leibovitz has shot some of the most iconic celebrity images of the last 30 years – in the shape of world leaders, moguls, movie stars and musicians. Over her illustrious career, Leibovitz has made it her mission to champion powerful women. Most famously with “Women: New Portraits,” for which Leibovitz photographed various women of outstanding achievement. Featuring CEOs, politicians, writers, philanthropists, and artists who continue to blaze a trail towards gender equality, Annie's focus brings attention to the most inspiring women on the planet.
DeMauirce Smith, the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). During his time with the National Football League, Smith fought for a universal declaration of player rights that established a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes. The declaration made by the World Players Association was meant to remind everyone that where we start in this process is the men and women who play sports did not choose to give up the basic human rights that we would want for every worker.
Laura Ling, a correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico's drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women's rights in Turkey. In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.
In June, Saudi Arabia — along with two other Persian Gulf states and Egypt — picked a fight with Qatar, on the grounds that the country is funding Islamic terrorism. The move was almost satirical, given that Saudi Arabia itself has long funded the spread of fundamentalist Salafi Islam, which is often associated with extremism.
However, this diplomatic spat seems to be more than just an example of Saudi Arabia’s pot calling Qatar’s kettle black. Saudi leaders could be using the conflict, which has resulted in a blockade of Qatar, as a strategic smoke screen to deflect attention from the simmering tension inside their own insular borders.
This article was originally published on the New York Times by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and has been republished here with permission from the author.
Since the violence in Charlottesville 10 days ago, when white supremacists left one young woman dead and 19 others injured, the Southern Poverty Law Center has hit the jackpot. The Alabama-based nonprofit is set to receive millions of dollars in donations from some of the nation’s deepest of pockets. Apple pledged $1 million. JP Morgan Chase & Co.: half a million. George and Amal Clooney even got in on the action, promising to donate another $1 million.
Like every other decent American, I was outraged that the president of the United States equivocated in condemning neo-Nazi activity in this country. Nazism — not to mention white supremacy and racial bigotry — has no place in a civilized society.
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Last week, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, made headlines when Republican senators interrupted her at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee while she interrogated Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The clip of the exchange went viral; journalists, politicians and everyday Americans debated what the shushing signified about our still sexist culture.
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A battered but undeterred stay-at-home-mom stashing money into a cereal box to save enough to leave her abusive husband and protect her children. A man from Ethiopia who was not only brave enough to defy his community by opposing female genital mutilation (FGM), but who, after moving to the US, continues to call home to keep pressure on families to not cut their girls. These courageous individuals are among those with whom the AHA Foundation had the privilege to collaborate on leading trainings about honor violence over the past month.
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The mission to end violence against girls is an ongoing campaign for Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the AHA Foundation. This organization was founded by Hirsi Ali and aims to end honor violence that shames, hurts, or kills millions of women across the globe.
The AHA Foundation is working to elevate the status of women globally by supporting women’s education initiatives and building campaigns that help create safer spaces in which women can work and live.
Every human rights event is enhanced with an audience hearing the first-hand experience of somebody who’s been on the ground floor of a humanitarian issue. Worldwide Speakers Group is proud to represent exclusive speakers with such credentials including Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Maria Teresa Kumar, and Secretary Elaine Chao.