FXB in the Media
Roger-Claude Liwanga’s Op-ed in the GlobalPost
- April 17, 2014 – In an op-ed in GlobalPost, Roger-Claude Liwanga, FXB Fellow, responded to the decision by the United States Appeals Court of the District of Columbia to overturn the Conflict Minerals Law. The Appeals Court ruled that the measure, which compelled companies to reveal if their products contained conflict-minerals or minerals obtained using child labor, violated the companies’ First Amendment rights.
- Liwanga writes: “This ruling confirms that the freedom of speech is a paramount right and value, having priority over the right not to be subjected to labor exploitation or inhumane treatment. In response, let me also exercise my First Amendment right to speak up on behalf of vulnerable children who are exploited daily in the artisanal and small-scale mines in the Congo.” Read the full op-ed here.
Margareta Matache Interviewed by Southeast European Times on International Roma Rights Day
- April 17, 2014 – Margareta Matache, FXB Fellow and lead member of the FXB Center’s Roma program team, spoke with Southeast European Times about the significance of International Roma Rights Day on April 8, 2014.
Jennifer Leaning Talks Disasters with Your Health Radio Station
- February 19, 2014 – Dr. Jennifer Leaning, Director of the FXB Center, spoke with Your Health Radio Station about “National Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Your Health.” Listen to the podcast here.
Jumana Odeh Speaks with European Sting after Winning Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award
- December 10, 2013 – Dr. Jumana Odeh, FXB Fellow, received the Aidex Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award in Brussels on November 13-14 during Europe’s largest humanitarian and development aid annual event for her work with children with intellectual disabilities in Palestine. Dr. Odeh directs the Palestinian Happy Child Center (PHCC), which has delivered services to approximately 38,000 children in Palestine over the past 20 years. In her interview with European Sting, Dr. Odeh spoke of the particular significance of winning the award. “Winning this award means that Palestine has won. For a Palestinian woman, a refugee, a mother and a doctor, to become the ‘Humanitarian Hero of the Year’, symbolically means a lot. To work under very difficult circumstances, under military occupation, and to serve the most underserved children and succeed in getting such recognition by itself is a real victory for each and every Palestinian, Arab and believers in humanitarian justice worldwide.” For the full interview, click here.
Hilarie Cranmer Interviewed by NPR on Devastation Wrought by Typhoon in the Philippines
- November 12, 2013 – Dr. Hilarie Cranmer, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an FXB Fellow, spoke with NPR about the humanitarian response in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Margareta Matache Speaks with FAIR’s CounterSpin about Recent Roma Controversy
- November 1, 2013 – FXB Fellow and Roma team member Margareta Matache was a guest on CounterSpin, a weekly radio show by FAIR that is broadcast on over 130 stations across the United States and Canada. The show focused on the recent cases in Europe in which Roma parents were accused of kidnapping fair-skinned and blonde children, and the discriminatory stereotypes of Roma that persist today. Click here to listen.
Jacqueline Bhabha Speaks with USA Today about Sexual Assault in India
- October 25, 2013 – FXB Director of Research Jacqueline Bhabha was interviewed by USA Today on sexual violence in India as part of a larger story on a recent spate of attacks in Uttar Pradesh. Click here to read more.
Jacqueline Bhabha on Harvard’s Scholars at Risk Program
- October 17, 2013 – Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, began the Harvard chapter of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program in 2002. The SAR program is composed of an international network of academic institutions that works to promote the academic freedom and human rights of beleaguered scholars worldwide. Bhabha speaks with the Harvard Crimson about the Harvard chapter.
Jennifer Leaning on Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
- October 16, 2013 – FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning served as an expert panelist for an HSPH Forum event examining the scope of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Presented in collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBHO, the event included Paul Spiegel, Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Michael VanRooyen, Founder and Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Recep Akdag, the former Minister of Health for Turkey; and Jeanne Guillemin, Senior Advisor for the MIT Security Studies Program. For the full video of the event, click here, and for coverage from PRI’s The World, here.
HSPH Child Mortality Forum Event, Featuring Jacqueline Bhabha and Elizabeth Gibbons, in the GlobalPost
- October 11, 2013 – In Harvard panel on child mortality links child health with human rights, the GlobalPost reports on the HSPH Forum event on The Path to Ending Child Mortality, which brought together expert panelists to explore the work that lies ahead in reducing child mortality worldwide. Read more here.
On World Mental Health Day, Theresa Betancourt Highlights Links Between Teen Pregnancies and Mental Health
- October 10, 2013 – In honor of World Mental Health Day, and on the eve of International Day of the Girl Child, Theresa Betancourt, Director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, speaks with Every Mother Counts, an NGO dedicated to ending preventable maternal deaths worldwide. Betancourt notes that in Sierra Leone, “the overlay of the civil war, trauma and the consequences of mental health mixed with limited opportunities in the post-conflict setting, disempowerment of women, limited positive role models and an overall lack of opportunities available for young girls – that’s a perfect storm for teen pregnancy which contributes heavily to maternal mortality.” Read the full interview here.
The Huffington Post Reports on Resilience and Theresa Betancourt’s Work in Sierra Leone
- October 8, 2013 – In the Road to Resilience, the Huffington Post offers an in-depth look into the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity’s work in Sierra Leone. The Longitudinal and Intergenerational Study of War-Affected Youth, under the leadership of Program Director Theresa Betancourt, is the first and only prospective longitudinal study of mental health and psychosocial adjustment in male and female former child soldiers to be performed in sub-Saharan Africa. Amy Weiss reports: “Community stigma, which Betancourt calls ‘a toxic cocktail for children’, leads victims to feel less hopeful about their future. However, if stigma is replaced by support, surviving trauma can result in strengthened self-esteem and optimism.” Click here for the full story.
The Harvard Gazette Showcases the Global School
- September 23, 2013 – Today’s Harvard Gazette features a story on the Global School course, held from September 16-20, organized by the Health Rights of Women and Children Program under the leadership of Alicia Ely Yamin.
Jacqueline Bhabha Speaks with the Harvard Gazette about Punishment, Reform, and the Delhi Gang Rape
- September 20, 2013 – In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, comments on the recent death sentences of the four men in the high-profile Delhi gang rape case and the need for long-term and sustained policy reform. She says: “Just wreaking vengeance by issuing death penalties is a Pyrrhic victory for people concerned with gender-based violence. It satisfies a lust for biblical retaliation without opening up a space for much-needed rational, national soul searching.”
Voice of America Interviews Theresa Betancourt on Sierra Leone Study
- September 13, 2013 - In Syria’s Traumatized Children: A National Security Concern?, Voice of America speaks with Theresa Betancourt, Director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, on what factors the program has found to be most central to child welfare.
Harvard University Center for the Environment Interviews Jennifer Leaning, Michael VanRooyen on Disaster Relief
- August 19, 2013 – Daniel Schrag, Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), interviews FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning and Michael VanRooyen, Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, on disaster relief in the context of escalating extreme weather events. Read the full interview here.
Jennifer Leaning on Extreme Weather Events in Yale Environment 360
- August 15, 2013 – Yale Environment 360 spoke with FXB Center Director Jennifer Leaning about the May 2013 Humanitarian Action Summit organized by the Harvard University Center for the Environment with support from the FXB Center and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The event brought together humanitarian experts and climate scientists with representatives from major UN agencies and NGOs to discuss escalating extreme weather events and their impact on future generations. In Scientists and Aid Experts Plan for a Warmer Future, Dr. Leaning notes: “There has been a sea change … in the concern and in the attention humanitarian organizations and major international organizations are giving to climate change. And that is because climate change is going to be reflected in the increase in forced migration of people who have to leave an area that is afflicted by drought or flood because they can no longer earn a livelihood in those areas. This issue of forced migration is a major concern of humanitarians.”
Alicia Ely Yamin, Ignacio Saiz Dispute Definition of Human Rights with Founder of Human Rights Watch
- July 30, 2013 – Alicia Ely Yamin, HRWC Program Director, and Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, have written a joint response to an article by Aryeh Neier, founder of Human Rights Watch and President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundation. In Misunderstanding our mission, Neier draws a distinction between human rights and social justice. In Human Rights and social justice: the in(di)visible link, Yamin and Saiz contend that Neier’s argument is based on a narrow definition of power. Both pieces were published in the OpenGlobalRights section of Open Democracy, a digital commons dedicated to a global, multilingual debate on the human rights movement. Over the next year, the online platform will address four themes related to human rights: the role of emerging powers, the sources of funding for human rights work, the dynamic and often contested relationship between religion and human rights, and the impact of international law.
Pakistani Schoolgirl, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt, Addresses UN on Importance of Education; FXB Research Associate Orla Kelly Comments in the Christian Science Monitor
- July 12, 2013 – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations today, addressing the youth assembly on her 16th birthday and on what has been declared as “Malala Day” by the UN. In her first public appearance since the Taliban attempted to assassinate her in retaliation for her outspoken defense of girls’ education, Malala renewed her call for compulsory education for children around the world: “Dear friends, on 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
Read The Christian Science Monitor’s coverage of the speech, featuring insights by Orla Kelly, Research Associate for the FXB Gender and Adolescent Agency program in India.
Jacqueline Bhabha Argues for Girls’ Education as a Human Right in the Huffington Post
- July 1, 2013 – Jacqueline Bhahba, FXB Director of Research and Director of the Center’s program on Gender and Adolescent Agency in India, writes in the Huffington Post about the far-reaching impacts of girls’ education, and the acute dangers of denying young women access to it. In Enforcing Girls’ Access to Secondary Education: A Human Rights Imperative, Prof. Bhabha notes: “[E]nabling girls’ education is not simply a matter of facilitating economic growth through skill development but of empowering young women with tools to keep their sanity, their dignity and control over their own destiny. Without access to education, impoverished young women from patriarchal backgrounds are destined to be passive spectators to rapid economic development while their better educated peers benefit from rapidly expanding opportunities.”
The Boston Globe Interviews FXB Fellow Satchit Balsari on the Kumbh Mela
- April 24, 2013 – The Boston Globe interviewed members of the Harvard Kumbh Mela research team, including FXB Fellow Satchit Balsari, about the scope and objectives of their research in A pop-up city becomes an 80 million person laboratory. Of the team of researchers who traveled to the Kumbh Mela from the Harvard School of Public Health, the Boston Globe reports: “At the mela, [Balsari] and his researchers wanted to develop a system that would allow for up-to-date disease surveillance at such a large, chaotic event—in order to improve the deployment of healthcare resources and head off epidemics before they started.”
HSPH Forum on the Cost of Inaction Featured in the Harvard Gazette
- April 16, 2013 – The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health hosted a discussion in their studios on “The Cost of Inaction: The Consequences of Failing the World’s Children” to analyze the possible public health applications of the Cost of Inaction, which quantifies the several economic and social costs of not taking certain actions. The discussion was moderated by Samuel Loewenberg of the GlobalPost, and featured expert participants Albina du Boisrouvray, Founder of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB International, Julio Frenk, Dean of the School of Public Health and Former Minister of Health of Mexico, Sudhir Anand, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, and Timothy Thahane, Former Minister of Finance and Development Planning for Lesotho. The event was presented in collaboration with the GlobalPost and was featured in the Harvard Gazette.
Please visit the Forum page for video footage of the event and to participate in the community discussion.
The Times of India Interviews Jacqueline Bhabha on Sexual Assault in India
- February 24, 2013 – In the aftermath of the December 2012 Delhi rape that sparked protests across the country, the Times of India interviewed FXB Director of Research, Jacqueline Bhabha, on sexual violence in India and the recent Justice J. S. Verma Committee Report. Professor Bhabha explored the issue of consent as redefined by the Verma Report, noting: “I always say to my students that the consent/coercion division is the one of the biggest human rights issues. There is no clear line. What counts as coercion depends on your own threshold. If you have a gun to your head, you would hand over your money. But is poverty a gun to your head? Will it lead to sex work? Or to sell your child? These are very difficult questions.”
HSPH Communications: Researchers Examine the Impact of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals
- October 3, 2012 – As part of a Health Rights of Women and Children Program project, researchers in international development and human rights communities met on Wednesday, October 3 at the Harvard School of Public Health to examine the consequences of the United Nations’ Millennium Development goals and to plan for what will be put in place when the goals expire in 2015.
Albina du Boisrouvray on the Cost of Inaction in the Huffington Post
- In When It Costs More to Do Nothing, Albina du Boisrouvray, Founder of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Chair of the FXB Advisory Committee, argues for the necessity (and urgency) of applying the Cost of Inaction framework to the myriad problems the world faces today. She writes: “More than one billion children continue to suffer in absolute destitution, lacking basic human necessities such as food, education, shelter, healthcare and protection from violence. Many of these kids face unimaginable futures as child soldiers or sex slaves, while others are pushed into criminality or terrorism as a lifeline for survival. Despite these harsh realities, the challenges of the poor are often ignored. Why is it, when the passing of each minute marks another lost opportunity to save a life, we can so easily forget the plight of the world’s impoverished? The answer, simply put, is economics.”