Esri Canada highlights how GIS technologies are being used by groups like PeaceGeeks to aid in...

Digital Emergency Response

There's a growing trend of digital volunteerism emerging to react during times of crisis. When disaster strikes, emergency responders and aid organizations on the ground can be left without the information, or even the infrastructure, needed to effectively respond to the disaster. Digital volunteers, however, have the information, technologies and technical skills to assess the status of an emergency remotely.

Digital responders are tasked with the acquisition, verification, summarization and geolocation of data including: the...

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Rape, A Crime Against Humanity by Layne Carson

A 28-year-old Saudi woman was recently sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail for being gang raped. The crime had occurred in 2006. The woman, known in the media as “the girl from Qatif,” was 19-years-old. She was kidnapped, along with her male companion, and raped 14 times by a gang of seven. And to clarify my opening statement, she was actually sentenced for breaking Sharia law, by being alone with a male who was not a relative. Originally condemned to 90 lashes, the girl from Qatif had her sentence increased on appeal for drawing international media attention. Her male companion...

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Digitally Monitoring Nigeria's Elections

During March and April of 2015, PeaceGeeks activated our Emergency Response Team to assist with providing digital monitoring support towards ensuring transparency and legitimacy in the crucial Presidential, National House of Assembly, Governor, and State Assembly elections. Nigeria's elections were originally scheduled for Feb 14, but were postponed to enable a multinational military response to Boko Haram which has terrorized northern Nigeria and increasingly bordering communities for the last six years.

During the Presidential and National House of Assembly Elections which took...

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The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) started as an organ for coordinating the activities of women organizations and groups in Liberia in 1998, in between the two civil wars that ravaged the country from 1989 - 2003. They now serve as an umbrella organization for over 105 local women’s rights organizations. The vision of WONGOSOL is to achieve a just and fair Liberian society where women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes at all levels. They work to build the capacity of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to improve their...

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Reflection 20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - by Alan Martin

When I left journalism school in Montreal there were two promises I made myself: a) I would never cover town council meetings; b) stick a microphone in the face of a grieving family member and ask “What are you feeling?” and “How’s about a picture for the front page?” Both, I felt, were below me.

The first promise fell by the way side within three months of graduating when I found myself covering the rural satellite towns of Sudbury, at the time a struggling mining centre in Northern Ontario. For $3 a column inch I did that. It was my baptism to the darkside of the business.

The other earnest pledge took longer to catch up to me. Almost six years later I went to Rwanda to write a magazine piece about the pursuit of justice in a post-genocide era. Within a day of being there I had asked more people about the intimacies of their grief to last a lifetime. For if one is to write about genocide how can the privacies of both the deceased...