On April 29th
Egypt’s diplomats walked out of the NPT Conference in protest at the lack of
progress in establishing a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the
Middle East, thereby putting the NPT regime on notice. Reporting from Geneva, Rebecca Johnson analyses the reasons
bloggers of Shahbagh are facing a backlash – hunted by fundamentalists,
denounced in mosques as atheists, arrested by the government. Those abroad are
under threat. Meanwhile activists are still demanding justice and cyber
movements are using their mobilising power to deal with disasters.
'Domestic work is the beginning of
all labour; it is central to our lives and is at the heart of our economy and society.' Three years on from her award-winning article 'Cry of a migrant', Marissa Begonia reflects on the ongoing fight for
the rights of migrant domestic workers in Britain.
deployments, and the political value attached to "nuclear deterrence"
are being challenged at the NPT conference. As 78 nations co-sponsor a
growing "humanitarian initiative", the five NPT nuclear-armed states
and some of their "nuclear umbrella" allies like Japan, Australia and
Germany are in denial. Rebecca Johnson reports
The failure to translate the
momentum of the heady days of the January 2011 protests in Egypt into an
effective revolutionary force is closely related to the organisational forms adopted by oppositional
movements. This poses broader questions for social movements worldwide, argues
April 4 protests in response to death threats against Tunisian nude blogger
Amina Tyler have prompted much debate.
How do we reconcile the need to defend free expression with the
ambiguities of using nude women to market feminism?
As representatives of 189 governments meet to discuss
strengthening the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime,
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Kim Jong-un and David Cameron have provided
stark reminders of the continuing dangers that nuclear weapons pose to
human security. Rebecca Johnson reports from Geneva
Turkey’s agenda for peace aims to overcome the decades-old Kurdish
question and raise democratic standards. While welcoming this initiative, Yakin Ertürk questions whether the end of conflict will bring peace to
women if gender equality issues are not adequately addressed
There are so many
battles yet to be won by feminists that we must not be distracted by internal
schisms. If we can identify a shared political goal with trans women, says
Rahila Gupta, we should be able to end this polarisation.
New forms of violence
have risen out of the vacuum of civil conflict in post-Saddam Iraq. Ten years after the Iraq war, this violent legacy is emerging in the work of the country's
artists through film, painting and poetry
detention is a tool of war on irregular migration, then the damage on both
sides is severe. But this war is not inevitable. There is a significant area of potential common interest
in a fair system that works primarily by consent
The new Heliopolis university in Cairo has developed from SEKEM principles and is devoted entirely to sustainable development. Scilla Elworthy reports on the challenges of setting the pace of social innovation in education
The horrific rape of a student
sparked a remarkable movement against sexual violence in India which has
forced the government to change the laws on gender violence. While the struggle
continues, a new organisation in Britain, the Freedom
Without Fear Platform, redefines the notion of solidarity.
Heather McRobie and Jennifer Allsopp will be reporting this month from the Nobel Women’s Initiative's fourth international gathering, Moving beyond militarism and war: women-driven solutions for a nonviolent world. More...
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