The increasing economic poverty in villages outside Ramallah
in the West Bank is leading to unexpected
changes in gender roles and is challenging the tradition of early marriage. Jane Gabriel has been listening to those involved in making changes on the ground.
Laureate Mairead Maguire spoke to Jane Gabriel about a new politic she sees arising: one in which ‘deep democracy’ is built by people, one to one, and demanding that the money be taken out of militarism.
Every woman at the NWI gathering in Antigua had a way of redefining democracy - from writing the new Ecuadorian constitution to include the rights of nature, to fighting for a place at the negotiating table of the peace talks in Sudan. Jane Gabriel listened to three days of stories,debate and plans for the future.
Podcast: The reform of the Moroccan Family Code (Mudawana) in 2004 was a watershed in the campaign for women’s rights. The change ushered in a new era in which it was possible to talk openly
about such issues as violence against women. But five years on the levels of
violence remains unchanged and the Women’s Action Union is now mobilising
public opinion in the battle to win more protection for women. In Casablanca recently more
than fifteen thousand signatures were collected in a day calling on the city
council to build shelters for women and children fleeing family and domestic