Sparks of Hope

Women are an unstoppable force for peace 1

Thousands of women, Israelis and Palestinians, marching together through the desert, dressed in white, holding banners, singing and dancing for peace is a sight that is hard to ignore. This ...

No peace and stability without women

Women are often the ones encouraging families and communities to change their actions and behaviour, and live in peace and cohesion. However, it was only in 2000 when the United ...

Peace education: war-torn children regain hope

Over the past 6 years, several rounds of UN-led peace talks in Geneva as well as parallel talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, have failed to stop the fighting in Syria. The ...

Natural resources: a source of peace and prosperity

Disputes over natural resources – such as land, fresh water, minerals or fishing rights – are wide spread around the globe and often trigger violence and destruction were there is ...

Breaking the Silence

Some of the most powerful voices for peace can belong to soldiers; men and women who know what conflict means, the impact it has on those who fight and the ...

District Six Museum

On the surface of it, the label of being a ‘spark of hope’ might be an unusual way of thinking about a community which was destroyed under Apartheid. Despite resistance ...

Proximity Designs

Proximity Designs, a social enterprise based in rural Myanmar, proves that empathy and design can be used to identify opportunities for creating genuine social impact. They have been designing and ...

Girls Not Brides: Ending Child Marriage Globally

During a trip to Ethiopia in early 2011, the Elders learned of the devastating impacts of child marriage and how it perpetuates cycles of poverty and oppression. They met girls ...

Last Mile Health: Primary healthcare for the ‘last mile’

Across the world, one billion people are unable to access the healthcare they need because they live too far from a health facility. This means that treatable diseases such as ...

Namati: Empowering Access to the Right to Health

Of the 7.6 billion in the world, over four billion live outside the protection of the law. The legal empowerment movement is trying to rectify this injustice. Legal empowerment is ...