Human Rights Defender – The Women’s Microfinance Initiative

According to the United Nations, women earn an average of 60-75% what their male counterparts earn, and the resource disparity is widening each year around the world. This phenomenon is referred to as the feminization of poverty. Several types of charities and organizations have been set up to combat this growing problem, but arguably the…

Dealing with Domestic Violence against Women: An Islamic Perspective

To facilitate greater exchange of grassroots knowledge, resources, best practices, and lessons learned, we are conducting a series of guest interviews to sustain both public and private conversations about critical and timely issues. In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place annually on Nov. 25, we are discussing through a series of interviews religious perspectives on…

#HRDEFENDER – Apne Aap Women Worldwide

To facilitate greater exchange of grassroots knowledge, resources, best practices, and lessons learned, we will be highlighting an organization or person defending the rights of people (Human Rights Defenders) to create awareness and sustain both public and private conversations about critical and timely issues. Millions of women and girls around the world are exploited in the commercial…

LIVE: Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice

On Friday, October 14, economist Radhika Balakrishnan took part in two conversations regarding economic policy and its critical importance to the advancement of human rights. We streamed each talk via Facebook Live, which you can view below. At Emory University At The Carter Center The dominant approach to economic policy has so far failed to adequately…

Autumn Burris and Bridget Perrier on the Nordic Model

Combating Sex Trafficking: The Nordic Model Solution

On Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, Autumn Burris of Survivors for Solutions, Bridget Perrier of Sex Trade 101, and The Carter Center’s Senior Policy Adviser on Human Rights, Karin Ryan, convened for a live roundtable discussion on the implementation of the Nordic Model solution to address prostitution and sex trafficking versus full decriminalization.  UN Women is seeking your…

Saad Eddin Ibrahim: “Human rights and democracy are a matter of principle, and they should be supported across the board.”

Being thrown in an Egyptian prison for a few years along with 20 co-workers might convince some activists that they needed to change their approach. Not Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim. Indeed, the leading human rights activist and founder of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies brushes off the experience. He sees his incarceration and…

Samira Abdulghani: Human Rights Defender

By The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program

There was no anger in Dr. Samira Abdulghani’s voice as she recounted her work as a pediatric specialist at General Hospital in Fallujah, Iraq. She was at a Carter Center forum of human rights defenders telling the story of “Iraq’s Hiroshima” and to ask for help. Her message:

Nearly 1 in 7 babies born in Falluhjah have major birth and congenital heart defects, likely due to chemical weapons used during U.S.-led attacks beginning in 2004, and the community needs help.

They need medical facilities and medicine; they need someone to take responsibility and to find a solution.

Abdulghani is the only doctor in Fallujah documenting the cases of congenital abnormalities. In one three-week period, she recorded 37 births with serious defects in her hospital alone.