GYC Village

blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff

Symbolic Violence: Forced Displacement and Informal Communities in Colombia

By: Nicole Harvey, Seattle University From my first day on the GYC Colombia Human Rights Delegation I was faced with the daunting challenge of addressing the following complex questions: How … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Art of Reconciliation

By Yumna Mohamed (South Africa) It’s been a long, convoluted road that led me to who I am now; a former journalist trying to make it as a stand-up comedian. … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dilemma of Applied Reconciliation: The Rwandan Perspective

By Maria Mukuka On July 3rd, after a four hour drive out of Kigali, in the middle of a perfectly sunny Rwandan afternoon, Global Youth Connect’s Turikumwe human rights delegation … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Countdown to Justice

By Pinar Cil Reflections on the role of the ICTY, now nearing the end of its mandate “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Country Still At War

By Ammar Zeljković My parents never told me about the war, but still I knew that it had happened. The people with whom I grew up, their parents talked about … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can one compare Bosnia and Lebanon?

By Emily Walter ‘One morning we were drinking coffee and eating baklava with our neighbours. That same afternoon we were fleeing our homes, frantically gathering any valuable possessions and running … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarajevo: A Paradox Embodied

By Pembroke King While in Sarajevo, I was speaking with a fellow GYC delegate about the analogy of a city to a human body. Metropolitan areas are often seen as … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

In separateness, a quiet anger grows

By Yumna Mohamed I come from an angry country. Like many of my fellow South Africans, this anger surprised me when it started to surface in the past five years … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beyond Economics

By Axel Västermark On the plane from Stockholm to New York I finished Joseph Stieglitz’s book The Price of Inequality, which I had not put down since I bought the … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

The State of Human Rights in Sweden

By Jonatan Grinde (GYC Intern, Spring 2015) When I found out more about GYC’s Human Rights in the USA program, which focuses on transitional justice and human rights issues in … Continue reading

April 13, 2015

Have you met Search for Common Ground?

By Harrison Spelman, Hannah Eddy, and Alain Twagirayezu Search For Common Ground (SFCG) in Rwanda uses innovative conflict resolution strategies to resolve disputes in Rwandan context. An international NGO, SFCG … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

GYC’s Impact in Bosnia-Herzegovina?

Interview with Rasim Ibrahimagić of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH   How has the cooperation with GYC contributed to Youth Initiative for Human Rights mission?   When it … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nyange School and Human Rights

By Hannah Eddy, Harrison Spelman, and Jackson Tuyisenge The Turikumwe visited the Nyange Secondary School on Saturday January 3rd 2015 while en route to Kibuye District. Participants were fortunate enough … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Human Rights and Peacekeeping Operations: An update from GYC at the UN

By Jonatan Grinde (GYC Spring Intern from Sweden) On January 22, 2015 GYC visited the UN to attend a briefing on the role of the official UN human rights components … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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