September 10, 2019, By Anne Ford, Published Rotary International
Anabella Palacios grew up in Argentina. Through Rotary, she has had the opportunity to learn through travel. In 1998, she spent a year in Istanbul as a Youth Exchange student. In 2008, she visited the Rotary clubs of North Carolina on a Group Study Exchange. She returned to North Carolina as a 2009-11 Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Now an economic development consultant for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Palacios has continued her globe-trotting studies on a voyage to Antarctica. On 31 December, Palacios and 89 other women from 26 countries embarked on three weeks of study and exploration aboard the ice-strengthened polar vessel MV Ushuaia. The trip was organized by the women’s leadership initiative Homeward Bound.
September 16, 2019, By Rotarian Action Group For Peace
Celebrate International Peace Day with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace! Get inspired and learn from RAGFP's exclusive webinar event for Rotarians and Peacebuilders on successful peace projects. Learn from our expert panel of inspiring RAGFP members and volunteers. The panel will be hosted and facilitated by RAGFP Executive Director Reem Ghunaim. Tickets are discounted for International Peace Day at $10! Don't wait -- We only have 100 seats. Register today to reserve your spot. Once you're registered, you'll receive a Zoom Meeting invitation for the Webinar event. Proceeds support the RAGFP's mission to educate, engage, empower and support Rotarian Peacebuilders worldwide. Register Now
September 16, 2019, Published in Mediators Beyond Borders International
Conflict-transformation is a key leadership skill, especially in today’s increasingly complex world. In this ground-breaking leadership conference, Mediators Beyond Borders International invites trailblazers, risk-takers, and change-makers in the mediation and conflict-transformation space. They will share experiences, practices, and processes, so we can each work to create positive socioeconomic change into the next decade. Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is proud to be one of eight Rotary Service Partners, and is working in collaboration with Districts 3410 and 3420 to organize a groundbreaking International Peace Congress in Bali, Indonesia November 6 -8, 2019. This event is uniquely designed to transform the lives its participants.
September 13, 2019, By Reem Ghunaim, Published in Rotary Voices
I am a Rotary Peace Fellow from Palestine. My mother is a Palestinian refugee who fled her home with her family in 1948. My father’s entire village was displaced for two weeks in 1967. In fact, nearly half of my family are Palestinian refugees. I was born and raised in Tulkarem, home of two refugee camps that still exist from the Nakba of 1948. One camp is beside my former high school in the middle of downtown. The other is located at the Eastern entrance of my city. This refugee camp is the first thing I see every time I return home to visit my family. Read More
September 12, 2019, Published in UN Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties
The Santa Barbara UNA Peace Prize was created by the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties (UNASB). The chapter is the oldest one in the United States, having formed in 1947, and spans San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. From our President Barbara Gaughen-Muller: "We have received seven simply stunning nominations this year for the Peace Prize. We are so excited to honor the individuals in this community that are doing amazing work in the world."
September 4, 2019, By Dave King, Published in Rotary Great Britain and Ireland
Former Rotary International President Barry Rassin has called for Rotarians to help provide financial aid to the hurricane-devastated Bahamas, where at least seven people have been killed – and with the death toll expected to rise. With sustained wind speeds over 160 mph and gusts of more than 220 mph, the category 5 Hurricane Dorian hovered over Grand Bahama for more than 30 hours, after causing catastrophic destruction in the neighboring island of Abaco. Bahamian Barry Rassin, has been using social media to appeal for help. He wrote: “The Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee has already had meetings and is ready as soon as possible to help our country. They have an account set up for donations."