"We want to be included. We are still invisible in the
process of consultation. We are the key stakeholders. Inequality is part of
discrimination. We want inequality to be included in the goals"- Jhocas
Castillo, community organiser in Manila. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky reports from
the UN CSW
Women have played a seminal role in keeping food
cultures all over the world alive. Nikandre Kopcke discusses her inspiration
for setting up a pop-up restaurant which showcases the culinary talents
and diverse cultural heritages of migrant women in London.
The 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status
of Women opens today with member
States - and thousands of women's rights advocates and organisations - set to
debate how to end violence against women. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky reports from
The death of Reeva Steenkamp has highlighted the problematic
way in which the media treat the issue of domestic violence. We need a
better way to transmit and therefore tackle the reality – how violence is built
into our lives and how space is gendered, says Heather McRobie.
network launches this week with the
twin aims of scrapping Trident and persuading the UK to join other governments
in multilateral negotiations to achieve a global treaty banning nuclear
weapons. If we get our strategies right, the peace movement can win this one,
says Rebecca Johnson.
happened to the largest pot of money ever made available for advancing gender
equality and human rights? Srilatha Batliwala reports on the results of AWID's
aggregate analysis of the impact of the MDG 3 Fund.
Due attention must be given to the decision-making
processes and rationales that underpin and politicise philanthropy towards
asylum seekers in the UK. There is a danger that philanthropy may become
complicit in sealing the borders of the state of exception in which asylum
seekers are already positioned, says Emily Bowerman.
Among all the social movements of the past century, the struggle for
women’s rights and gender equality has been the most transformative in terms of
the deep tectonic shifts it has created in the social terrain, yet skepticism about
the value of funding women's rights work persists
dangerous process is taking place in the UN system that threatens the
universality of human rights by seeking to make them contingent on subjective
‘traditional values’ such as ‘responsible behaviour’.
Making peace in Togo is not a numbers game.
Nor is it about searching to find out who was wrong in the past. As the next
election approaches it is time to recreate our country’s history and invest in
unity and peace, says Mawusse Domefaa
Pour établir la paix au Togo, il ne faut pas faire de bilan ni chercher à savoir qui a eu tort dans le passé. A l’approche des élections il convient de réécrire l’histoire de notre pays et d’investir dans l’unité et dans la paix, dit Mawusse Domefaa Atimasso.
The demonstration on February 15, 2003 was the largest protest march in British history, but failed to stop the invasion of Iraq. A reflection on how the protest, and the war, shaped a decade of politics and culture.
has been witnessing a youth uprising against Islamism in Bangladesh. The UK is
also witnessing daily events in solidarity with demands to end to Islamist
politics, and punishment for those responsible for war crimes committed during
the Bangladesh War of Liberation in 1971
the reciprocal links between HIV and gender based violence are well documented.
Yet in the UK NHS
guidelines about violence against women do not contain any reference to
HIV. Today marks the launch of a report by the Sophia
Forum calling for a national
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