Finding Humanity

Finding Humanity

By Finding Humanity Podcast
Through real-life stories of courage and purpose, Finding Humanity takes listeners into the heart of the most complex social and political issues facing our world. Each episode puts a human face on a global topic that is overwhelming and difficult to grasp. Our podcast weaves together insights from leading human rights and development experts — while providing listeners with tangible calls-to-action to make a difference.

Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders.
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Riding the Waves: Syrian Swimmer Sarah Mardini on the Perils and Triumphs of a Humanitarian Refugee
Swimming was a family legacy for Sarah Mardini, but she never imagined her skills would save her from violence and death. The Syrian war pushed Sara and her sister to flee to Greece by water and, in desperation, to plunge into the sea to pull their boat to safety. Once settled in Europe, Sara’s efforts to provide emergency response and humanitarian aid for refugees resulted in charges against her — alleged crimes including people-smuggling, spying, violation of state secrecy laws and money laundering. Large-scale social media campaigns and demands from European Government officials and leading human rights organizations advocated for Sara's innocence, under the slogan “humanitarian action is not a crime.” In this episode, we learn about the Syrian refugee crisis, misconceptions about migrants, and what the average person can do to understand and help address this complex issue. Learn from expert voices: Bill Frelick, Refugee Rights Program Director at Human Rights Watch Dr. Steven Heydemann, the Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Sara Kayyali, Syria Researcher at Middle East North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
28:25
July 8, 2020
A Social Entrepreneur’s Tale: Mokhtar Alkhanshali on Coffee and Human Connection Amid Yemen's War
Mokhtar Alkhanshali likes to say that the shortest distance between two people is a cup of coffee. In grappling with his identity as an American-Yemeni, Mokhtar went back to his homeland and developed a passion for coffee cultivation, eventually turning his newfound knowledge into a company called “Port of Mokha”. In this episode, we learn about the colonial history of Yemen and the civil war that broke in 2015. We also talk about what Arab Spring meant for Yemen, the massive food insecurity caused by the country’s ongoing conflict, and through Mokhtar’s lens, how coffee and responsible farming practices can be used as a tool to unite and heal a population. Learn from expert voices: Annabel Symington, Yemen Head of Communications at the World Food Program Kate Kizer, Policy Director at Win Without War Kristine Beckerle from Matwana for Human Rights and former Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project. -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
35:17
July 1, 2020
Global Governance: Former World Leaders on Collective Responsibility, The Future of Multilateralism and The United Nations
The United Nations was established 75 years ago in June 1945 out of the ashes of the Second World War. It was set up to prevent global atrocities from happening ever again, yet existential threats still remain. In this episode, two former world leaders discuss multilateralism and why effective global partnerships are the best defense against existential threats, including the pandemic that we are facing today.  We unpack the reasons for the diminishing levels of trust in public leadership and the paralysis that some believe is affecting the UN’s ability to respond effectively to COVID-19 and other global threats. Why is an effective multilateral system and principled leadership the world’s best defence against existential threats from pandemics to climate change; from cyberattacks to war? Is the United Nations Security Council effective? What does collective responsibility look like? Learn from expert voices: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Former Director General of World Health Organization Hazami Barmada, Founder & CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
37:16
June 24, 2020
We Are Just Like You: Nujeen Mustafa on Disability and Difference While Fleeing Syria's War
Born to a Kurdish family, Nujeen was an earnest young woman who loved football and enriched her mind through documentaries. But unlike most teens her age, she didn't go to school because of her disability. In spite of the cards she was dealt, Nujeen was defiant and fought for a better future — eventually going on a 3,500 mile journey to escape the war in Syria on a wheelchair. In this episode, we’ll hear about how Nujeen resettled as a student and activist in Germany, gaining global visibility as one BBC’s 100 most influential and inspiring women for her disability and refugee rights advocacy. Through her story, we explore the migration of communities impacted by war and turmoil, as well as the grit needed to start a life in a new culture and community. Learn from expert voices: Boram Lee, a disability advisor from the Women’s Refugee Commission and Dr. Steven Heydemann, the Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
29:01
June 17, 2020
Women On The Frontlines: Ireland and Africa’s First Female Heads of State on Empathetic Leadership, Feminism & Global Development
As of today, less than 6% of the heads of government globally are women. Yet, as we look at how the world is fairing with the immediate COVID-19 response, we recognize the power of feminist leadership, and acknowledge the need for more of it.  Through leadership lessons from Africa and Ireland’s first female heads of states, we will unpack ‘feminist leadership’, look at the critical role of women in policymaking, and attempt to understand the challenges women face in the fight to create a more equitable and just world. How has the urgency of action needed for the Covid-19 response impacted our ability to focus on the climate agenda and development in the African context? How do female leaders deal with the demands of pressing global issues? Does women’s leadership differ from leadership of male leaders? Learn from expert voices: Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and Africa’s first elected female head of state; Nobel Peace Laureate Hazami Barmada, Founder & CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
25:32
June 10, 2020
Holding onto the Mangroves: Marinel Ubaldo on Climate Justice After Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, robbed Marinel Ubaldo of her childhood and took away her family’s means to live. Marinel struggled to finish high school because her father, a fisherman, could no longer provide for his family. Marinel’s vulnerability, however, became her greatest strength. She found her voice in global climate activism. Now in her 20s, Marinel shares her story of resilience and even got involved in the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change. In this episode, we talk about key concepts and the impact of climate change on natural disasters, the responsibility of fossil fuel companies and what each of us can do to save our planet. Learn from expert voices: Shyla Raghav, Vice President of Climate Change and Global Strategy at Conservation International and May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org. -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
30:38
June 3, 2020
Existential Threats: Former Presidents on COVID-19, Justice, War and the Climate Crisis
Over 70 million people in the world today are forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, violence, human rights violations, or climate disaster. The injustices of conflict and the climate crisis hit the most vulnerable hardest - and COVID19 could make such catastrophes even worse. In this episode, two former presidents discuss conflict, climate, and the search for justice in the time of coronavirus. We will unpack the role of women in peacebuilding and what can be done to ensure vulnerable populations are not disproportionately impacted by disasters. Learn from expert voices:  Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia; Nobel Peace Laureate  Hazami Barmada, Founder & CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
34:34
May 27, 2020
Always a Girl: Abby Stein on Gender Identity and Belonging Inside Brooklyn's Hasidic Community
Until she was about 20 years old, Abby Stein didn't know the term "transgender," let alone know that other transgender people existed. In this episode, we dive into the life of Abby Stein, a transgender author, activist, and former rabbi. Abby takes listeners into her home in a conservative Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York. Engaged by the age of 18 to a woman she barely knew, Abby's raw and impassioned account helps us understand the complexity of living as one's authentic self. In this episode we discuss LGBTQ+ advocacy, human rights abuses, and violations based on sexual orientation, and the importance of asking questions and creating spaces to discuss diversity and inclusion. Learn from expert voices: Idit Klein, the President & CEO, Keshet, a national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life and Zhan Chiam,  Coordinator of the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Programme At at ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
24:31
May 20, 2020
Leaving No One Behind: Former UN High Commissioners For Human Rights Discuss Shared Humanity, Ethics and COVID-19
COVID-19 has unearthed a global recognition that “we must do things differently.”  The uncertainty has called into question our shared vulnerabilities and shared humanity. What progress have we made on global human rights? What lessons can history teach us about our failure to prioritize human rights in moments of crisis? In this episode, we’ll discuss justice, intersectionality and the COVID-19 response with two leaders at the forefront of defending human rights. We explore our responsibility toward the world’s most vulnerable populations and how to ensure the COVID-19 response does not set back human rights trends globally. Learn from expert voices: Mary Robinson - Former President of Ireland; former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein - Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter @find_humanity and Facebook.
38:24
May 15, 2020
Life of a Child Soldier: Loung Ung on Turning Trauma into Activism After Cambodia's Genocide
There’s one day that is remembered across Cambodia — a tragedy that continues to haunt people like Loung Ung. The genocide that began on April 17, 1975, in the city of Phnom Penh, left agonizing wounds that the promise of a new life couldn't fully heal. We follow the story of Loung Ung, a human rights activist and author of the best-selling book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," which decades later was turned into a film by actor and filmmaker Angelina Jolie. In this episode, Loung recounts her harrowing escape from terror and political instability as a child soldier, and how ultimately turned her trauma into activism. Learn from expert voices: Ben Kiernan, the Founding Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale and Brad Adams, the Executive Director of Humans Rights Watch Asia Division. -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com.
30:49
May 6, 2020
Path to Peace: Victor Ochen on Facing the Lord’s Resistance Army and Rebuilding Lives Post-Conflict
A childhood shaped by one of the most cruel rebel groups in history. Rape, killings and an abducted brother who was never found. If these defined decades of your life, the last thing you would want to talk about is peace — unless you are Victor Ochen. Our first episode takes us to Uganda, which has been plagued by civil unrest and rebellion since the 1980s. We dive into Victor’s life, a young man, wise beyond his years, who refused to be enlisted as a child soldier. Growing up in between refugee camps, Victor was forced to confront his inner demons for survival, and won. Victor was hailed a hero for peace in his country, becoming the youngest ever African nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. Learn from expert voices: Kristof Titeca, Ph.D., Professor of International Development at the University of Antwerp, and Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at Enough Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at countering genocide and crimes against humanity. -- Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe, rate and leave us a review. For more information, visit findinghumanitypodcast.com.
33:41
May 6, 2020
Finding Humanity (Trailer)
Through real-life stories of courage and purpose, Finding Humanity takes listeners into the heart of the most complex social and political issues facing our world. Each episode puts a human face on a global topic that is overwhelming and difficult to grasp— be it the refugee crisis, climate change, or LGBTQ rights. Our podcast weaves together insights from human rights and development experts at the United Nations and leading institutions while providing listeners with tangible calls-to-action to make a difference. By bringing you voices from the front lines of war and injustice, host Hazami Barmada peels back the layers that surround today’s massive challenges. While set in unfamiliar places, our podcast tackles recognizable themes: love of family, finding hope, and overcoming personal struggles. Finding Humanity inspires the activist in each of us to create a better tomorrow, today. Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media. Our inaugural season is made possible in part by our collaborating partner, The Elders. Subscribe today on Apple or wherever you listen to podcasts. Our first two episodes will be available on Wednesday, May 6th.
03:40
May 5, 2020