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Act on 2250 by implementing campaigns, programs and projects for gender-just peace

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250. I remember the day that it was announced (9 December 2015), and how quickly myself and the many of my friends, young peacebuilders from all over the world, were circulating the news on social media. We were euphoric about this historical milestone, something we have dreamed of for years, especially as we had familiarized ourselves with the UNSC Resolution 1325 (adopted in the year 2000) on Women, Peace and Security. Young peacebuilders had wanted and worked hard to have a resolution they could call their own, and to have all of that effort finally recognized at the UN level was more than wonderful; it was extraordinary. I think it revived hope in many of us, a hope that was diminishing considering the growth of conflict, internally displaced peoples, refugees, human trafficking, gender-based violence, and populist politics that both ignites extremism as well as makes invisible the agency young people have and can possess in bringing about sustainable peace. But like …

The time for artists to go to work is NOW: Writing against Trump, writing for our children

I am absolutely devastated by the notion that Donald Trump will soon be the president of the United States of America, but I’m going to channel this devastation into a re-commitment to the values that I believe in, values that can summarized to mean LOVE, and I will do it through speaking and writing. Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling utter despair, which started accumulating before the US elections but reached its peak the day before the elections. When I reflect back on it, my inner conscious must have been telling me that the election of Donald Trump was inevitable¬†as I panicked to get family members (who are US citizens) to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the fact that I agreed with them that she wasn’t the most ideal candidate. For me, it was a matter of putting aside grievances for the sake of humanity, because at least with Clinton as president, we would have a leader with¬†life-long experience in advocating for positive change. I would have preferred Bernie Sanders, but like …