Gretchen Murphy

Gretchen Murphy (Survivor Corps in Vietnam): Gretchen has considerable experience of volunteering with human rights prior to her fellowship. Her jobs included working with Amnesty International’s International Justice and Accountability Program, and served at International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) in Chiapas, Mexico where she researched the impact of international organizations on indigenous nonviolence movements. Gretchen also interned at International Crisis Group in Washington DC. Where she focused on the role of new media in advocacy and the role of media in creating change. At the time of her fellowship, Gretchen was pursuing her Masters degree at American University’s School of International Service. After her fellowship, Gretchen wrote: “I witnessed some of the most genuine forgiveness I have ever seen. Although I did run across the occasional angry person (often rightfully so) ALL of the survivors I met were nothing but generous and welcoming to me. It was incredibly humbling.”

Workshops and Working Groups

21 Jul

Last week I was asked to represent LSN-V and present a summary of the Workshop on Victim Assistance at a Disability Working Group (DWG) meeting in Hanoi.  Although somewhat reluctant to get back on the train to Hanoi only four days after returning from my previous trip, I agreed.  Thus, on Thursday I spent another grueling night on the train, arriving in Hanoi before dawn the following morning.

Later that afternoon I informed the members of the DWG–mostly representatives from INGOs and community organizations–on LSN-V’s objectives at the Workshop, the outcome of the event and the steps forward.  The DWG is an important advocacy tool for LSN-V, as well as for the promotion of disability rights in general.  The group provides a forum for establishing best practices, increasing efficiency and raising a unified voice.  And there was substantial interest in the workshop from the other members.  LSN-V acts as a link between disability rights, disarmament issues and sustainable development and the organization is often in a unique place in the advocacy community, helping to build bridges between issues and link a number of stakeholders.

Luckily, despite of my high level of exhaustion, the presentation went well.  In lieu of posting my exciting PowerPoint here I have put together the video below.  Please take a look!


Posted By Gretchen Murphy

Posted Jul 21st, 2009

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