Violence against women continues to be a serious problem. Recent statistics indicate that around 35% of women have experienced violence in their lifetimes. That’s over a third of women worldwide. Thankfully, there are tireless leaders like Layli Miller-Muro fighting to give women the resources they need to escape and survive violence.
Miller-Muro is the founder of the Tahirih Justice Center, an organization dedicated to helping women seek political asylum due to gender-based persecution. She and Fauziya Kassindja are the co-authors of Do They Hear You When You Cry, Kassindja’s story of escaping becoming a child bride in Togo, West Africa and the life threatening cultural practice of genital mutilation. Kassindja escaped to the U.S. and was held in a detention center then moved for many months to a maximum security prison with hardened criminals. Her immigration case was championed by Miller-Muro, then a law school student at American University.
Initially, they lost the case. After appealing to the highest immigration appellate court, they won, setting a national precedent and establishing for the first time gender-based persecution for refugee or asylum status in the U.S.
“All throughout my life I've had a strong interest in justice issues. I grew up in the South outside of Atlanta, and there at very young ages I was exposed to some severe racism and became dedicated to trying to address it,” she tells Big Think. In this interview clip, Miller-Muro shares the incredible story of how she went from being a law student to founding the Tahirih Justice Center, providing free legal services, job placement assistance, and counseling to help women escaping gender persecution lead safe and productive lives in the U.S.
To create wiser adults, add empathy to the school curriculum.
- Stories are at the heart of learning, writes Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Executive Director for the Global Oneness Project. They have always challenged us to think beyond ourselves, expanding our experience and revealing deep truths.
- Vaughan-Lee explains 6 ways that storytelling can foster empathy and deliver powerful learning experiences.
- Global Oneness Project is a free library of stories—containing short documentaries, photo essays, and essays—that each contain a companion lesson plan and learning activities for students so they can expand their experience of the world.
Philosophers like to present their works as if everything before it was wrong. Sometimes, they even say they have ended the need for more philosophy. So, what happens when somebody realizes they were mistaken?
Sometimes philosophers are wrong and admitting that you could be wrong is a big part of being a real philosopher. While most philosophers make minor adjustments to their arguments to correct for mistakes, others make large shifts in their thinking. Here, we have four philosophers who went back on what they said earlier in often radical ways.
Numerous U.S. Presidents invoked the Insurrection Act to to quell race and labor riots.
- U.S. Presidents have invoked the Insurrection Act on numerous occasions.
- The controversial law gives the President some power to bring in troops to police the American people.
- The Act has been used mainly to restore order following race and labor riots.
Got any embarrassing old posts collecting dust on your profile? Facebook wants to help you delete them.
- The feature is called Manage Activity, and it's currently available through mobile and Facebook Lite.
- Manage Activity lets users sort old content by filters like date and posts involving specific people.
- Some companies now use AI-powered background checking services that scrape social media profiles for problematic content.
Researchers from Japan add a new wrinkle to a popular theory and set the stage for the formation of monstrous black holes.