March 1, 2015

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Unsafe Conditions for Refugee Women

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Worldwide, there were an estimated 16.7 million refugees at the end of 2013.[1] This does not include the 33.3 million individuals displaced within their own countries – totaling nearly 50 million individuals who had fled their homes.[2] Refugee issues overlap with development issues, as developing countries host over 86% of the world’s refugees.[3] Major refugee populations of recent years include Palestinians, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, and Congolese – all Global South populations.[4] Within refugee populations, some … [Read more...]

The Subjectivity of Limits on Freedom of Expression

By Virginia Cady. The terror attacks on the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last month have dredged up many issues for discussion, of which one of the most prominent of which is,: is there a limit to freedom of expression? Many countries have laws against the incitement of violence through offensive or inflammatory expression. The reasoning behind which is that although freedom of expression is in fact a right, when it crosses the line and becomes a potential endangerment to others by the incitement of violence, that act … [Read more...]

Why Should we Consider Restrictions on the Media?

By Ian Morse “I am increasingly against the internet every day.” These are the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressed not in private but in a recent, surprisingly unrestrained conversation with a group meant to protect open information.[1] The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed with this interview that the leader of Turkey believes he can rule and gain votes without the press.[2] What’s surprising is that he has. His party (AKP) set a record for most earned votes in the local elections in 2014[3] and he earned … [Read more...]

When Women are the Breadwinners

By Jo Grode. When given the chance, woman have the ability not only be the partners in their marriage but also the breadwinners. On a community level, however, finding a correlation between including women in the formal work force and economic (as well as social) improvement in the household is often difficult and, albeit, far fetched as the “impact of giving women and girls equal rights is shown to vary by level of development and rule of law” (4). In addition, the increase in equal rights might be a product of a growth in a community’s economy … [Read more...]

India Today

By Maya Koparkar. India. 1.2 billion strong. Almost 70 years young. And a place full of contradictions. India is such a well-known place, yet there's still so much to discover. It is a place of young and old, a place of tradition and innovation, a place of rich and poor, a place of freedom and oppression. What many people know about this great country are basic facts- but in order to understand a place, we must take it apart and break it down one by one into all the facets that make it what it is today. Religion. History. Culture. Politics. … [Read more...]

Tips for Organizing a Great Campus Event!

By Ana Frigo. Pulling off a great campus event has similar guidelines as pulling off professional events. No one wants to be unprepared, so it’s important to know what to do when planning a large event. Listed below are 5 tips for organizing an unforgettable event! Tip 1: Plan Ahead Obvious enough, right? Successful events regard planning, no matter how big or small! If you’re aiming for lots of publicity and a large turnout, take at least 5 weeks to plan your event and spread the word! Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s ideas and input as … [Read more...]

When women earn

By Jo Grode. In my previous article, I stated that, “all in all, educating women is key to making our world a better place.” There are, after all, many positive effects from establishing economic and social equality amongst men and women. In a household, for example, this equality not only provides a deep partnership between spouses, but also a better financial situation. Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, economists at MIT, surveyed 13 countries[1] from 2002 to 2006 in order to discover economic habits of the poor (classified at earning less … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebdo: The One Thing You Need to Remember About Terrorism

By Virginia Cady. Last semester I took a class on international terrorism, in which one of the key themes of the class were a set of myths about terrorism and why they are myths not facts. In light of the recent terror attacks in France and the media frenzy they have stirred up, it is important that one of these myths in particular is understood. Because when misunderstanding is applied to events such as terror attacks, the intolerance is perpetuated. First however, it is important to keep in mind a basic definition of terrorism. The official … [Read more...]

Why collaboration is key to successful non-profit organizations

International and Mizzou Reproductive Health Activists

By Julia Al-Akkad. Room to Read’s dedication to collaborating with local governments to provide support to the children of the community in receiving an education is a key component to the success the organization has accomplished. Additionally, the organization’s ability to recognize the importance of the impact of differing cultures on the children’s ability to learn is significant to their success. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to provide support to girls to complete secondary … [Read more...]

Environmental Injustice: The Damage is Gendered

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Women trying to salvage flood damaged maize in Chokwe Photo Credit: Alexander Matheou/IFRC These days, climate change is a buzzword. We hear about melting icecaps, polar vortices, and damaging pollutants, but are we listening to the whole story? As humans, we may be damaging the entire Earth we live on – but do we feel the impact equally? Environmental injustice is the idea that not everyone experiences environmental issues like pollution or climate change in the same way and that these differences are not coincidences, … [Read more...]