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Courtenay Forbes - Safeworld Correspondent, Student Liaison Officer and Assistant Editor

I have a degree in Ancient History and History, and am now studying law, and hope to qualify as a barrister in 2016. I am looking to specialise in human rights law.

I am also fascinated by foreign languages, and can speak French.  I believe that my love of history has helped to cultivate an awareness of the various roles that women play within society, and the vast disparities between the rights of women depending on their ethnicity and social standing.  I feel passionately that by studying history, we gain an insight into both the mistakes and victories of the past, and can use this knowledge to understand how we develop in the future. 

I have recently become deeply interested in women’s issues in the Middle East.  As the conflict in Afghanistan is constantly brought to the forefront of our consciousness through the media, I believe it is important to look at the plights of the country with a female perspective.  I also feel passionately that the domestic human rights issues concerning women must not be overlooked: this would be easy to do considering the many freedoms we enjoy in the UK. 

I firmly believe real progress must be made by re-educating societies with strong cultural, religious or ethnical beliefs concerning the treatment of women, and bridging the gap between these traditions and modern-day human rights.  The work that Safeworld carries out, I feel, plays a crucial role in maintaining awareness globally about important ongoing issues.  Many human rights issues become high profile cases in British news, for example, for a short period of time, but then fade into the background.  Thus, it would be easy for many people to assume these issues have been resolved, when in fact they remain a huge problem. 

I feel it is of utmost importance that Safeworld continues to provide the platform for such issues for as long as they are prominent issues.


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