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Courtenay Forbes - Safeworld Global Correspondent

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I'm in my final year at university, studying History and Ancient History, and I am very interested in current human rights affairs. 

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. 

Once completing my degree, I will be studying law in London, and then training as a barrister.  I would love to be involved in legal cases that breach the fundamental idea of gender equality, as I feel that this issue is a large source of human rights abuses in today’s society. 

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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