Bosco Ntaganda, one of the most wanted war criminals in the world, unexpectedly has surrendered to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda and asked to be sent to The Hague to face trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
Whether one perceives the U.S. as a force for good or imperial power, the UN's agenda is inevitably shaped by its veto-wielding powers, either by action or inaction. The UN is frequently injected into issues that serve the interests of its most powerful members.
Let's not debase her as solely a simplistic, sensationalist survivor of rape -- but lift her up as a dynamic change agent and outspoken liberator of our future.
To ensure a lasting peace that provides stability and security for all civilians in the region, women must be a fundamental part of the peacebuilding process from the beginning.
The best workplaces are those where every staff member is encouraged and recognized for coming forward with constructive ideas and suggestions. Whether you think of that as a 'flat' organization or as one without walls, the benefits are obvious.
In a little more than 2 years, the world will hit an important target: the date by which the Millennium Development Goals are meant to be achieved.
Ben so brilliantly reminded us all that life is a dead end when you hold grudges, and although it is difficult, in order to succeed you cannot be stubborn.
The war tore their hearts open, their bodies open, their families open. But they learned to create a wheel with their human presence for each other: what they lose through those gaps, they transform into performance, and enacting it with one another gives nourishment back.
Every Valentine's Day, I end up reflecting on the previous year and the state of women in the world. It has now become my V-day ritual -- sorting through articles, and considering the presence of gender-based violence in the media over the previous 12 months.
I have found myself thinking recently about violence against women in two different times and places, and wondering what these stories might tell us about why such brutality has been such a searing, tragic part of human experience for so long.
So what do you think, jewelry companies? Will you make my next Valentine's Day conflict-free?
This V-DAY, February 14th, ONE BILLION OF US will rise up in towns and cities around the world. People like you and me, coming together to show their support for a different kind of world.
There is no special context or situation for rape. And yet, we spend so much of our time trying to address the contexts and situations of rape by focusing on protecting our girls and not on changing the attitudes and behaviors of perpetrators and enablers of violence.
With Rwanda receiving a seat on the UN Security Council last year as well, I wanted to talk to Rwanda's most famous son, Paul Rusesabagina, about Rwanda's role in supporting the M23 militia.
If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.
If there is to be any hope for the future of the Congo, the world must wake up and listen to these women who have broken through suffocating radio silence to have discovered not only their voices, but the means of transmission.