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Heartbreak and Hope


by Emily Kaplan, Mina’s List Communications Intern

Our hearts break for the victims of the acts of senseless violence around the world. In the past few days, suicide bombings struck Beirut and Baghdad. Terror attacks rocked Paris. Over 200 lives were lost. Many more were injured, and thousands of other’s lives were affected and changed by the fear and death caused by such violence. At times, we cannot help but feel that this violence occurs so often it is insurmountable, now simply part of the landscape of daily life. Even as these deaths fill us with sadness, we hope. These losses of life strengthen our resolve to empower women political leaders, the people who will help make a difference and prioritize peace and security. 

To all those affected by this senseless violence, Mina’s List mourns with you. We are determined to change the world and ensure peace for all. 

Women’s Leadership & Peace

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by Tanya Henderson, Mina’s List Founder & Executive Director 

Fifteen years ago this week, the United Nations Security Council adopted the groundbreaking Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) mandating women’s equal role in resolving global conflict and building peaceful societies. Women’s empowered leadership and equal political participation are recognized as essential to achieving long-term peace and development. While some progress has been made to ensure women’s full participation in matters of peace and security, there is still much work to be done! Only 52 out of 196 countries have created National Action Plans (NAPs) to realize Resolution 1325, and those countries with a NAP face huge obstacles in implementation. 

Give now to support women’s leadership in promoting peace! 

Over the past year, women’s rights activists in Afghanistan achieved a momentous victory when government officials approved the first ever Afghan National Action Plan on SCR 1325 to engage women’s full participation in the country’s ongoing peace transition. Recent events have proven that now more than ever, it  is critical for women’s voices to be heard to prevent the Taliban from turning back the clock on women’s rights. Afghan women must be in positions of leadership to determine their country’s peaceful future! 

Give now to support Afghan women’s empowered leadership! 

As you know, Mina’s List is in the middle of its Afghan Pilot Project, which will prepare 15 aspiring women political leaders for Afghanistan’s 2016 parliamentary elections. Because of generous donors like you, Mina’s List was able to fund a Listening Session hosted in June, where Afghan women parliamentarians and women’s rights activists strategized how to overcome the obstacles to women’s political participation in their country. Thank you so much! 

We have raised nearly all the funds needed to implement the upcoming Empowerment Workshops that will build the skills and capacity of the aspiring women leaders. To fully fund the training workshops and two-year mentorship program, we ask that you help us raise $15,000 by the time we get on the plane on Thursday, Dec. 10 (Intl Human Rights Day). 

Give $15 in honor of the 15th anniversary of Resolution 1325
Give $150 to invest in women leaders for Afghanistan’s peaceful future
Give $1500 to sponsor an aspiring woman political leader in our programs

Your support will help Mina’s List create a ripple effect that starts with peace and stability in Afghanistan and extends to the rest of the world.  

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