Students and educators in situations of armed conflict face violence every day. Schools and universities should be safe havens, where communities can work toward a better future. Instead, these institutions become the targets of violent attacks for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic, religious or criminal reasons. As part of the steering committee for The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, established in 2010, Human Rights Watch is leading the way to create a world where all people can teach and learn in safety and free from fear. Join the conversation with Zama and learn more about the work of Human Rights Watch, the Safe Schools Declaration, the rights and safety of the world’s children and more.



  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) is dedicated to stopping human rights violation. An independent organization – taking no governmental funding – they are committed to producing unbiased, rigorous, hard-hitting fact-finding information and using it to create change.
  • HRW summarize their work in three words: investigate, expose and change.
  • Abuses of children are happening based on decisions by individuals and those decisions can be changed.
  • Zama goes deeper into the attacks children are currently facing – especially when it comes to war torn lands – listen to learn more.
  • Children around the world, and the adults that love them, are willing to risk their lives to get an education. We owe it to them to do all that we can to make sure they receive the education they desire.
  • Why is education under attack? Zama provides insights into the “why” during this podcast – when we understand the “why”, we can build solutions toward ending the violence. Learn how the Human Rights Watch has helped end the use of schools, by military, around the world!
  • Back in 2003, Zama started hearing stories of attacks on schools, children and girls in general. The more she learned about the issues, she became inspired to take action and create change. How can experts around the world partner together? The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack  was born.
  • Is the global gender gap widening or becoming smaller? Zama’s insights are truly important. Listen to hear more!
  • Youth activism – fueled by the Internet and social media – is inspiring change around the world. It is an essential component of building the future that works for everyone.
  • How is the United States stacking up in our protection of our children? You might be surprised by Zama’s response – what has her discouraged and encouraged?
  • “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn” – Robert Burns
  • How does Zama continue to do this work – where she sees so much pain and horror? She sees amazing change brought forward by individuals who decided to be the change – she sees so many reasons to continue forward, be inspired and celebrate the good news.
  • The Human Rights Watch is working – get behind their work to continue to influence the best of humanity to blossom.