Music lifting women out of poverty – Brazil.

The two things that are boggling my mind recently are: The Role of Faith Based Organisations in Peacebuilding; and the Interwoven Nature of Peacebuilding with Development and Transformation! Finding a need and using that need as an opportunity to introduce abundant transformation in humanity and communities, which is beyond the immediate needs, is very creative and inspiring. We need each other, we need to transform together.
Merid Desta

The World Bank is working on gender equality. Women’s rights are becoming more and more prevalent in the world today. Girls are attending school and closing the gender gap in education. Childbirth rates have been declining showing women are having more reproductive choice. With all the strides made, there is still a ways to go. Women make up the majority of unpaid workers in the world. Only 15% of landowners and one in five lawmakers in the world are women. There are issues with young women giving birth, predominantly in under-developed countries, one in ten are between 15-18 years old. There are still issues with violence against women. An important way to help bring equality is to increase women’s economic opportunity and their voice in decision making. This video shows an orchestra in Brazil which, under the leadership of a female maestra, has brought girls and boys together to play music and bring hope to many women.

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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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