people power

Do you know why Amnesty International, the non-governmental organization that campaigns for human rights for all and fights injustice in the world, was formed? It was founded because one man appealed for justice for individuals sent to prison for simply having expressed their opinions. Other individuals or groups have also acted on a small scale […]

Grandmothers for climate action

It’s an extraordinary move that challenges the typical stereotype of Swiss people as being fairly reserved, rather introverted and very uncomfortable with disturbance and controversy: a group of Swiss senior citizens, all women who are 65 years of age or older, are suing the government of Switzerland over climate change. They are making a lot […]

Kimberley Motley is a lawyer. She is the first foreign attorney to set up a practice in Afghanistan. She left the United States in 2008, intending just to work there for a year, but when she saw the atrocious conditions in an Afghan prison she decided to offer her legal services to foreigners imprisoned in the country and, later, to Afghans.  […]

Want to invest in people? It all started in 1968, when the “idea of an ethical investment channel for churches and related organizations was put forward, with the intention that investments would provide credit to enterprises that support the disadvantaged.” In 1975, the goal to promote social justice by providing this credit to economically deprived people became reality. […]

The YWCA’s mission statement is the following: “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” This grandmother of an organization – in 1855, the first YWCA was founded in London while the first chapter was formed in 1858 in the US – represents 2 million women, girls and their families […]

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) describes itself as an independent, non-profit NGO that “strives to protect due process and achieve fair trials for the accused throughout the world. In countries where governmental commitment to human rights principles has, as of yet, failed to meet its practical goal, IBJ fills the gap between human rights legislation […]