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About Jane Gabriel
Jane Gabriel is the founding editor of openDemocracy 50.50. Before launching the website pin 2007, she produced and directed more than thirty documentaries for Channel Four 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 worked for KPFA in the US and IRN and LBC in the UK.
Articles by Jane Gabriel
No to TTIP
"This kind of behaviour and treatment is unacceptable. They questioned me about my nonviolent protests in USA against the Afghanistan invasion and Iraqi war. They insisted I must tick the box in the Immigration form admitting to criminal activities. I am not a criminal, my nonviolent acts in the USA opposing the war on Afghanistan, and Iraqi, are acts of conscience and together with millions of USA citizens, and world citizens, I refuse to be criminalized for opposing such illegal policies.
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.
Jane Gabriel caught up with Dr. Yakin Erturk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, on her first officially mandated visit to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
JG: Why did you concentrate on political economy in your latest report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ?
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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