Following the trip to Bosnia I began reading about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan and became actively involved with the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur. As a volunteer, I quickly realized that my background in communications was an asset to the advocacy work we were doing. For the first time, I felt passionate about my area of expertise and its potential to have a meaningful impact on the world. A couple of years later I left the corporate world with the goal of transitioning to a career in human rights advocacy. Fortunately, I was quickly invited to join with two of my Darfur activist colleagues in founding Investors Against Genocide, a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing mutual fund and other investment firms to change their investing strategy so as to avoid complicity in genocide. Through my work with Investors Against Genocide, I gained valuable experience and confidence that I could transfer my skills from a corporate setting to an advocacy environment. Two years later, I launched Pax Communications to further extend my efforts to a wide range of human rights issues.
What is the vision of Pax Communications?
The “tagline” for Pax Communications is “advancing human rights through the power of the media.” That pretty much sums it up. I hope that Pax will be a vehicle though which to help amplify the power of other voices calling for positive social change.
What inspires you to empower Human Rights organizations?
I am a firm believer in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Referred to as "a Magna Carta for all humanity," the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that the "inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." The UNDR recognizes the fundamental rights towards which every human being aspires, namely the right to life, liberty and security of person; the right to an adequate standard of living; the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; the right to own property; the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the right to education, health care, freedom of thought, conscience and religion; the right to freedom from torture and degrading treatment, and more. This document helps guide my decisions on how to best focus my energies. Human rights just seemed the logical focus for Pax since they are so fundamental.
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