Milia: Letter to the Reader

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the first steps towards educating yourself on how to eliminate the causes of conflict in our world today. By opening up the WorldLink Reader and learning about the challenges faced by people all over the world, you are expanding your wealth of knowledge and immediately establishing yourself as a youth leader who is capable of making great change in our world. This well-researched collection of articles complied by myself and my fellow WorldLink Summer High School Interns at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice will educate you on the causes of conflict. This includes the topics of Xenophobia, Racism and Religious Intolerance, and Gender Inequality, which will help broaden your understanding of the nature of conflict itself.

As a fellow high student I understand how incredibly daunting the task of educating yourself on the plethora of world conflicts may be. This is the reason why I chose to take this internship, I wanted someone to guide me through my discovery of the conflicts affecting the world. WorldLink has led me through my own personal learning process, and I have gained an amazing amount of knowledge through that experience. Now we, the WorldLink interns, would like to pass on this knowledge to you. The WorldLink Reader is your tool for learning about these complex issues. This compilation of articles holds stories of pain, loss, and confusion, all of which have manifested themselves in the world’s most threatening conflicts. However, in these articles you will also find stories of hope. Hopefully these stories will help you identify a cause that you are passionate about.

My journey through the stories of gender inequality sparked a passion in me. Never again will I take for granted the equality which I enjoy as a woman in the United States. Gender inequality is one of the world’s most destructive causes of conflict as it threatens to debilitate half the world’s population. My section of the WorldLink Reader is divided into an overview of gender inequality, articles about gender inequality in the different areas of the world, and a final discussion of gender inequality in an area of conflict. I hope that these articles help you understand this important issue and identify it as a cause of conflict.

Peace and Love,

Milia Fisher

Francis Parker School

Senior