Our Fall 2015 Hurford Youth Fellow lectures at UVA
Fall 2015 Hurford Youth Fellow Makoi Popioco gave a lecture at the University of Virginia (UVA) on November 19.
Popioco talked about the current status of the recovery responses for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s strongest typhoon, which affected central Philippines in 2013. He also discussed the media’s role in disaster management in the Philippines. He was joined by students taking courses on International Humanitarian Assistance and Media Studies.
Popioco is a young Filipino journalist who has done extensive reporting on disasters that have affected the Philippines in recent years. He is currently co-founding a new media campaign that will investigate and map data on corruption and human rights abuses in the Philippines.
On the same day, the World Movement for Democracy also conducted a film showing for their Civic Space Initiative. The event, titled Faces of Activism, was co-sponsored by the Presidential Precinct, the Democracy Network, and the International Relations Organization.
Senior Manager Ryota Jonen introduced the screening for short films “Girl Child” and “I am not Alone” by challenging students to think about how they can be involved in political and social change in their own communities.
Girl Child documents the story of Glanis Changachirere, a women’s rights defender, who grew up in a small village in politically and economically troubled Zimbabwe. I Was Not Alone tells the story of Pakistani activist Fouzia Saeed. She formed the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment at workplace (AASHA), which pushed for the passage of a landmark legislation for the protection of women’s rights in Pakistan.
Following the screenings, students formed small groups to reflect on the films and how they could apply lessons learned to their own work and interests.