Worldlink to Host Forum “Linking Youth to Women Building Peace"

SAN DIEGO, CA: On Wednesday, October 21, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s WorldLink and Women PeaceMakers programs, at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, join together for a forum on the importance of youth engagement on local and international human rights issues.

More than 75 high school students from San Diego and Baja California will join the 2015 Women PeaceMakers from Afghanistan, Namibia, Israel and South Africa in an interactive forum with thoughtful discussions about their influence on local and global communities and the correlation of their peacebuilding work to the 2015-16 WorldLink theme “Youth’s Influence on the World: For Better or Worse.”

The 2015 Women PeaceMakers are: Judge Najla Ayoubi of Afghanistan, a lawyer, human rights activist and former judge who promotes civic education, women’s empowerment and transparency; Pauline Dempers of Namibia, a human rights activist and campaigner against small arms and gun violence; Galia Golan of Israel, a professor emerita and grassroots activist focused on advancing women’s roles in peacebuilding; and Glenda Wildschut of South Africa, a human rights activist and former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa.

The youth-led forum will feature WorldLink summer interns Marthapaola Martinez from CETYS Tijuana and Jiayong Li from Torrey Pines High School as event moderators, who will be joined by more than 75 of their peers, including groups from John Muir High School, The Grauer School, and the International Rescue Committee.

This event is reserved for high school students and is not open to the public, though members of the press are welcome. For more information, contact Debbie M. Martinez, Senior Program Officer for Youth and Peacebuilding, at 619.260.7568 or

WHO: 2015 Women PeaceMakers and over 75 high school students from San Diego and Baja California

WHAT: WorldLink Youth Forum “Linking Youth to Women Building Peace”

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms A and B
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.