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07 Sep

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A new semester usually means a new season for WE

September 7, 2015 | By |

20150721_151017 (1)With this fall semester, WE is welcoming in the largest batch of interns it’s ever had!

We’re excited to see all the ways that WE will be able to expand and grow as interns work on the website, social media, the child sponsorship program, and event planning to both spread awareness of social injustice, and to combat it.

There’s a lot of stuff in the works for WE International, people! Many hands make light work!

Here’s to a new season, a new team, and minds set on collaboration in order to make a difference in the lives of all WE reaches.

It’s looking like it’ll be a great fall.

30 Jun

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Our WE team just got back from Uganda!

June 30, 2015 | By |

WE had the fantastic opportunity of spending two weeks in Uganda, touching base with the staff there as well as participants in our microfinance program and child sponsorship programs.

WE also got back with more goods for our WE-Stand4 online store!

Check out this sneak peak of all the goodies:

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Aprons, woven baskets, paper bead necklaces and clutches, and wooden bowls and elegantly beaded spoons.

Keep your eye out for new arrivals in our WE-Stand4 store and new content on the website about this trip!

10 Jun

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The Justice Conference!

June 10, 2015 | By |

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WE International had the fantastic opportunity of supporting and attending The Justice Conference in Chicago this past weekend. It was a great time for different people that have been involved with WE International to meet each other, promote WE at our expo booth, and learn about justice issues that are on different people’s hearts right now. We heard from upwards 25 different speakers on what our role is in fighting injustice in unity and in solidarity with those who suffer.

If you missed it, the good news is that The Justice Conference will be in Chicago again next year, and you can already sign up!

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Our good-looking booth to get others involved with WEI.

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Late after the conference had wrapped up, a trip to Cloud Gate (aka THE BEAN) in Millennium Park was mandatory.

08 Nov

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Volunteers

November 8, 2013 | By |

We have had a lot of momentum in the WE International office over the past couple of months. We have two newstudent interns: Tracy and Dana who have been putting in a lot of hard work for our organization stateside. TrPhoto on 2013-11-08 at 13.42acy is specializing in setting up a child sponsorship program for the kids we serve in Uganda and Dana’s forte is running our social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. We are so excited to have these two ladies bringing energy and new ideas into the office. We also have had a lot of other volunteers helping out with website maintenance, grant researching, and administrative tasks. We are so grateful to each individual for bringing their gifts and talents to our team and helping to forward our mission. Tomorrow is our second volunteer meeting for the fall where we will get to hear how we are coming along in our goals. If you are interested in being a volunteer for WE International or applying for an internship with us don’t hesitate to contact us at dlippiatt@weinternational.org

23 Oct

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Saharawi people

October 23, 2013 | By |

This past month, David had the opportunity to address the United Nations regarding

human rights violations in Western Sahara.  David first visited the Saharawi in 2005, and was moved by their plight. He also took some great pictures! He first spoke on behalf of the Saharawi at the UN in 2006 advocating for their right to sovereignty and freedom from oppression that has persisted under the Moroccan government.

 

Currently, the UN, the International Court of Justice and the African Union as well as many other sovereign states recognize Western Sahara’s right to be a free and sovereign nation. However, the Moroccan government has continued to obstruct the Saharawi’s right to self-determination, and oppose a free Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony.

 

He also spoke about the need for investigation and monitoring of human rights violations (Human Rights Mandate). There are much needed peacekeeping operations in Western Sahara, as they have been involved in a 38-year conflict. The Moroccan government continues to infringe on the Saharawi people’s rights by limiting their freedom of expression, ability to assemble and their right to due process. The Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights, asserts  “the situation requires not only a permanent presence by the United Nations, but a clear human rights mandate to ensure that such abuses do not continue and to send a clear message that the global community will not tolerate these violations”. Human rights investigations and monitoring have become an integral part of UN peacekeeping operations elsewhere in order to deter abuses and to promote accountability. The Saharawi people would greatly benefit from the Human Rights Mandate, given Morocco’s long history of gross human rights abuses.

 

For more information about the Saharawi’s struggle, check http://rfkcenter.org/rfk-center-reports-ongoing-human-rights-violations-in-western-sahara-3?lang=en

 

This is one way the WE address injustice internationally. Stay tuned for more information about what WE are doing and ways that you can partner with us!