Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, is due to be replaced, but is fighting for a third term despite his loss of support in Iraq and internationally. As the U.S. pressures Al-Maliki to peacefully step aside, it continues airstrikes against ISIL near Erbil.
For Global Activism, Mary Dailey Brown introduces us to her organization, SowHope. The non-profit focuses on helping impoverished women around the world by funding projects that "promote wellness, education and economic opportunities."
Every Thursday in our Global Activism series, we introduce you to a local individual who’s trying to change the world.In Dari, the word arzu means “hope.” It’s also the name of an organization that employs Afghan women in remote provinces to weave fair trade artisan rugs.
In Afghanistan, women are largely seen as second-class citizens. Under Taliban rule, merely being a woman could be life-threatening.While reporting in Afghanistan, freelance journalist Masha Hamilton saw women marginalized in their families and villages.
Before 9/11, American journalist Masha Hamilton stumbled across a video of Taliban members brutally executing a woman in Afghanistan. The gruesome footage inspired her to create the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, which helps women in the war-ravaged country share their stories.