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About Jane Gabriel
Jane Gabriel is the Founder and Editor of openDemocracy 50.50 which publishes critical perspectives on social justice, gender and pluralism. Prior to joining openDemocracy, she produced and directed more than 30 documentaries for Channel 4 Television and the BBC international current affairs series Correspondent, winning the Royal Television Society award and the One World Media award for her work as a documentary director. She was a member of the UK's first all-women television production company, Broadside. In the 1970's she worked at Granada TV in the UK, and at Pacifica radio KPFA in the US.
Articles by Jane Gabriel
No to TTIP
On her way home to Northern Ireland from the Nobel Women’s conference in Guatemala, Laureate Mairead Maguire was detained by the USA Homeland Security Immigration. She was held for two hours, during which she was questioned, fingerprinted and photographed. This resulted in her missing her flight. She was released upon the actions of the Nobel Women’s Initiatives representatives’ who insisted on her immediate release. The following are Mairead's words.
Activists, scholars and policy makers from more than thirty countries are heading for Antigua, Guatemala, this weekend for the Nobel Women’s Initiative second international conference ‘Women Redefining Democracy’. openDemocracy will be covering three days of debate as the women examine women’s experience of democracy in different contexts, from both inside and outside the structures of power.
Every one of the hundreds and hundreds of women who are here at the CSW is trying to build a ‘common understanding', by accurately describing the daily lived reality in their country or region.
The Arab Women's Network "ROA" meaning ‘Vision', held a session called ‘Occupations in the Arab region contribute to maintaining Gender Inequalities'. The panel of women from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine described the impossibility of working for women's rights and the alleviation of women's suffering in an area of endless conflict.
Today the 53rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women gets underway for ten days of meetings, greetings, roundtables and interactive panels and dialogue. This afternoon two roundtables, each with representatives from more than 95 countries will begin the discussion on this year's priority theme "The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS".
Podcast: reform of family law in Egypt is prompting discussion about women's sexual rights within marriage
Legal reform in Egypt establishing Family Courts with mandatory mediation ( see Mulki Al-Sharmani: Egypt's family courts: route to empowerment? ) and the introduction of no fault divorce proceedings known as ‘khola' is prompting discussion about relations between men and women in marriage, including women's sexual rights.
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