Search Results for Tag: violence
Dancing to keep women safe
Melisa Rodrigues, a 27-year-old from Lisbon, used to work for a big international company. At some point she realized, money wasn’t the key to happiness. So she quit her job, did a Master’s degree in globalization and development and went to India to work for an NGO.
It was in India that she learned about the One Billion Rising movement – an annual dance event demanding an end to violence against women and girls all over the world.
Melisa realized that violence – particularly domestic violence – was a big problem in her home country, Portugal. So she organized a One Billion Rising event in a train station in Lisbon to raise awareness and help women affected by violence know they’re not alone.
Listen to the report by Nádia Dinis in Lisbon:
DateTuesday 04.03.2014 | 15:48
Committed to non-violence in East Timor
Life in Timor Leste – Asia’s newest nation – has been hard for many. But the decades of violence hit the children hardest. Twenty-three year old Juliao Amaral Dos Santos knows that as well as anyone -that’s why he’s already spent more than half of his young life devoted to creating a safe place for other kids, working with the organization MAC Children United.
Just barley out of university now, he’s already one of the nation’s brightest young leaders.
Listen to the report by Emily Richmond in Dili, Timor Leste:
DateTuesday 24.09.2013 | 13:34
Keeping women safe in Cambodia
In Cambodia, violence against women is a troubling – and common – concern. Ou Ratanak, witnessed it first-hand when he was growing up. He says his uncle physically abused his aunt, but when he brought it up, he was told to mind his own business.
Now, however, he’s making women’s safety his business. And he’s hoping to tackle the problem for future generations, by heading an organization that works with young adults to change attitudes towards sexual violence.
Listen to the report by Irwin Loy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
DateTuesday 13.08.2013 | 11:55
Brazilian hiphop artist promotes respect for women
Six out of 10 Brazilians know a woman who’s experienced domestic violence, according to a recent survey. Hiphop artist André Luis Machados in Rio de Janeiro uses his music to get people to rethink violence against women.
Listen to the report by Naomi Conrad in Rio de Janeiro:
DateFriday 21.12.2012 | 08:38
Bringing peace to Papua New Guinea
It was a single act of violence that changed 28-year-old John Wamelik’s life forever. At home in a country with one of the world’s most diverse populations, John is now on a mission to make Papua New Guinea a more peaceful place.
Emily Richmond has the story from Rabaul, PNG:
DateTuesday 16.10.2012 | 12:59
American in Berlin combats sexual violence
In Germany 13 percent of women 16 years and older have been victims of sexual violence. Melanie Brazzell, a 27-year-old American living in Berlin, is committed to lowering that statistic. She spends her spare time to working with both survivors and perpetrators to help overcome and prevent sexual violence. Melanie founded an organization in Berlin and gives workshops based on the principles of transformative justice, which in this case means a focus on changing behavior rather than on tradition punishment.
Listen to the report by Charlotta Lomas in Berlin:
Read more about Melanie’s organization here.
DateTuesday 09.10.2012 | 14:20
Srebrenican youth tries to save her town
Milena Nikolic was born in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, a place once known for its mineral springs and silver mines. Today the place is notorious as the scene of a massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Serbian paramilitaries.
After leaving school, Milena became a social worker. Today she runs a youth club in her home town and tries to persuade young people not to leave. She believes the economic independence of Srebrenica can best be achieved through green tourism and organic farming. She also wants to revive the old mineral springs, but she faces resistance from the political elite.
Watch this DW video to find out more about how this young woman is trying to bring back life to a change in a town ruined by violence.
DateWednesday 06.06.2012 | 15:01