• Mirva Lempiainen

    About Mirva Lempiainen

    Mirva Lempiainen is a journalist from Finland who writes about travel, culture and social issues for media based in Finland and in the US. She has a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and writes a travel blog at www.writeronthemove.com.


    Make Peace not War, Activists Push at the UN

    by  • June 17, 2013 • Africa, Development, Disarmament, Human Rights, Security Council, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

      A lifeless baby lies on the ground. Half of a woman’s face has been blown off. A mother screams in a hospital after losing her son because of inadequate medication. A text fills the big white screen: global military spending amounts to $1.7 trillion a year. Less than a fifth of that would pay [...]

    Read more →

    A Place for Women at the Table

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women's Issues • 3 Comments

    Vandana Devi and Gulabi Bahadur, two elected women representatives from Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh listen to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet speak during the National Leadership Summit in Jaipur, India on 4 October 2012.

      A dozen years have passed since the United Nations Security Council made history by adopting a resolution that addressed women’s rights during conflicts and required their participation in preventing wars and in peace talks. Until Resolution 1325 was approved, post-conflict reconstruction had been mostly the realm of those possessing the Y chromosome in the [...]

    Read more →

    Finland and Others Compete for Coveted Security Council Seats

    by  • October 7, 2012 • Security Council • 1 Comment

    Helsinki street

    HELSINKI – As the United States prepares for its much-awaited presidential election on Nov. 6, another hotly contested vote is readying at the United Nations Security Council on Oct. 18. Numerous countries are vying for the five open nonpermanent seats, among them Australia, Finland and Luxembourg, who are competing for the two seats being vacated [...]

    Read more →

    In Rural Senegal, Oyster Fishing Is Not a Hobby

    by  • July 25, 2012 • Africa, Women's Issues • 3 Comments

    Casamance women fishing for oysters.

    BOUYOUYE, Senegal – I’m submerged waist-deep in brown water, trying my best to catch up with two fast-moving Senegalese women ahead of me. Jeannette Diatta, 40, thin-framed, and her curvier friend, Therese Diatta, 27, are wielding machetes like butter knives. Both women have protected their heads from the sun with colorful scarves. Bang! Yet another [...]

    Read more →

    A Museum to Honor the Che Guevara of Guinea-Bissau

    by  • May 9, 2012 • Africa • 9 Comments

    Amilcar Cabral House in Bafata, Guinea-Bissau

    BAFATÁ, Guinea-Bissau — On a quiet sandy street in this small town, amid old houses with their paint peeling off, stands one unfittingly polished white and pink building. It’s the newly renovated childhood home of freedom fighter Amílcar Cabral, the Che Guevara of Guinea-Bissau. The house where Cabral lived from his birth, in 1924, to [...]

    Read more →