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incursion of the military into the British education system will mean that
alternatives to war and peaceful ways of resolving conflict will be more
difficult for young people to explore. In the long term we will all pay a heavy
price, says Emma Sangster.
Why isn’t anybody doing anything? Attempting to curb sexual harassment by targeting the harassers is
very challenging in Egypt since the driving forces are complex and
compounded. We need to focus on the
bystander, says Eba’a El-Tamami.
With more than 3,000 post graduate students studying migration in Europe each year, a more holistic approach to teaching migration must be part of the solution to help uphold migrants’ human rights, argues Agata Patyna.
Immigration policy should balance both the needs of the British economy
and the developmental impact the policy will have on countries of origin.
Overcoming popular and political resistance to this will not be easy, but it is
a conversation that needs to start now.
A Congressional bill
has been proposed that will finally repeal the severe restrictions on American
servicewomen’s access to abortion. But how
will this sit with the religious right currently gearing up for the 2012
In the aftermath of the Arab spring the “Turkish model” is being held out as an optimistic scenario for democratisation with an Islamic framework. In conversation with Deniz Kandiyoti, women’s rights and gender activist Pinar Ilkkaracan puts Turkey’s record under scrutiny - and finds it wanting
A drug user is either a celebrity or a criminal, or that’s how much of the media see it. But such stereotypes make it harder for those recovering from addiction to seek help. The fear of being discovered as a past user excludes former addicts from work, housing and even friendship, says Leo Barasi
Unlike perpetrators, victims of wartime rape and sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina do not receive much attention in the media, not only due to social ostracism but also lack of a coherent strategy and resources to address their needs.
'There is no opposite to belonging’: Nira Yuval-Davis in conversation with Jenny Allsopp on religion, migration and the politics of belonging. So is it time to open up the debate and ask what it means to belong 'in' - rather than 'to' - contemporary Britain?
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About 50.50 50.50 is openDemocracy's section dedicated to exploring issues of gender equality and social justice at the global level.
are committed to promoting human rights and inclusive democracy through
dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, 50.50 publishes women's
analysis, insight and views on current affairs.
In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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