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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Liberation pedagogy in Mexico’s social movements

Education understood as a pillar of political activity, on the basis of criticism and resistance, becomes a fundamental means for struggling to end poverty, marginalization, slavery and exploitation.

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK?

Dedicated refuges were created to answer a desperate need. Now their survival is at risk. 

Singleness and the world of 'not belonging'

The repertoires about single women are unequivocal: without a husband and children, single women signify ‘lack’ - they are incomplete and therefore do not belong. 'Gender' and 'space' are both embodied experiences.

Cherán. 5 years of self-government in an indigenous community in Mexico

Ordinary people decided to confront the criminal organizations that came down from the hill with several vans loaded with wood. That was the beginning. Español

Democracy and social movements in Mexico

Mexico has a proud tradition of mobilization, yet it has largely failed to ensure that demands are properly met or that the country’s politics, institutions and legal system are transformed.

Cubans of different generations remember Fidel Castro

Whether Cubans on the island worship Fidel Castro despite all his flaws, loathe him, or are frankly indifferent depends more than anything else on their age.   

A huge victory for Belgium's CETA opponents: Paul Magnette's speech

A patched deal allows CETA to pass to the next stage. But Belgium gained important concessions. We translate the historic parliamentary speech by the Minister-president of Wallonia in Namur on October 14, 2016.

Mass rapes to mass protests: violence against women in 2016

Impunity for violence against women remains a massive problem. Donald Trump hasn’t helped.

In the Netherlands, the populist battle plays out over a Christmas figure

Wilders’s Freedom Party has held a consistent lead in the polls for over a year, and is now running head to head with Prime Minister Rutte’s party.

The two-state solution: what Europe must do and why

Despite chaos elsewhere in the region, resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict remains urgent for its own sake. International Humanitarian Law should be rigorously applied before any negotiation.

A visit to the West Bank

The West Bank has witnessed an upsurge in violence over the past year while the construction of settler colonies continues apace, but there may be hope in the BDS movement.

Donors thinking big: beyond gender equality funds

The case for investing in southern women’s rights organisations is firmly established, but to create sustainability, resilience and long-term change donors need to invest in the infrastructure of the organisations and movements.

Ethiopia’s crisis

Things fall apart: will the centre hold?

Fatherhood – take it at your own risk

International Men’s Day is a moment to interrogate how Britain’s parental leave system continues to exclude men from family life – and exclude women from the workforce.

So what is the purpose of education?

"After a year, in the fall of 2013, I wanted to investigate the possibility of working towards being Minister of Education."  Simone Haenen told her story at the World Forum for Democracy 2016.

Hisland

This land is Hisland: the role of sexism in the US elections.

My 350 on Donald Trump: reinventing global public organisations

“The recent election result in the US should serve as a call for re-invention for many of these organisations.”

Gold plated populism: Trump and the end of the liberal order

Four years after Romney lost to Obama, Trump, travelling in a private plane with a gold-plated bathroom, has been embraced by the working class as a man of the people.

Los techos de cristal y los zapatos de Cenicienta: por qué no podemos seguir hablando de un 'centro'

El Foro Awid celebrado en Brasil este año ofreció un modelo para rechazar la idea de un recorrido desde los márgenes hacia el centro y en cambio analizar un futuro feminista basado en la 'política de la amistad'. English Português

#NiUnaMenos: against femicide in Latin America

With the victim’s death, the cycle of violence does not come to an end: it continues through the region’s ongoing culture of impunity reserved for the culprits. Español

#NiUnaMenos: contra el feminicidio en América Latina

Con la muerte de la víctima, no termina el ciclo de violencia: continúa a través de la impunidad al no garantizarse justicia a las víctimas ni castigo a los agresores. English

One woman’s brush with Sharia courts in the UK: "It ruined my life forever"

“My daughter and I appeared before the Sharia court at Regent's Park mosque in London. They were not interested in anything we had to say, the whole process was shocking.”

Where is India under Modi headed?

If not Theresa May, the accompanying media ought to note the gross human rights violations and crackdowns on dissent that abound.

Same the whole world over?

Reference to populism indicates little more than that mainstream politics is in trouble, thereby presenting tautology as explanation: mainstream politics is in trouble because mainstream politics is in trouble.

La resiliencia del sistema latinoamericano de salud pública

América Latina se enfrenta a un ciclo en el que la economía ha empeorado, hay recesión y cambios políticos importantes. Está por ver qué grado de resiliencia tiene lo conseguido hasta ahora. Entrevista. English

Foreword to ‘Is segregation increasing in the UK?’ by Ted Cantle and Eric Kauffman

"This report, authored by two of our country’s leading experts on social integration, uncovers a picture that is more segregated by ethnicity than many of us have cared to admit."

Is segregation on the increase in the UK?

Can mixed communities and a shared society in the UK become recognised as a desirable objective, supported by a strategy and policy framework?

Brexit, racial and religious hate crimes and homo-, bi- and trans*phobia – why they are all linked

It’s time to get over our surprise and get on with this difficult work.

Rescuing democracy from the harms of hate speech

The tale of two places of worship, in the United States and Indonesia, suggests that fighting actual discrimination is more important than silencing hate speech.

Hillary Clinton and the end of a narrative

Her goal is not to look or act ‘masculine’ but, rather, to effect a sea-change in society’s patriarchal narrative.

In Hillary’s America, Wall Street will still own Main Street

It’s a land lacking in meaningful structural reform of the financial system, a place where the big banks have been, and will continue to be, coddled by the government.

Ingenuity and British citizenship in unpropitious times

This is a deeply important story that we’ve heard dozens of times in recent months, but the path to a healthier, more inclusive democracy remains unclear.

Invisible fathers of immigration detention in the UK

The British state has regulated relationships between its citizens and certain foreigners since at least the Colonial era. Today’s border controls continue to police people’s intimate lives and retain sexist and racist assumptions. 

Táhirih unveiled: poet, theologian and revolutionary

Táhirih – an important figure in Persian history – helps us imagine a more diverse feminism and a more progressive Middle East. Her legacy is not limited to Bahá’ís but belongs to all of us.

Resurgent Sikh fundamentalism in the UK: time to act?

Growing confidence among resurgent Sikh fundamentalist networks in the UK was evident in recent protests against inter-faith marriage. A desire to control Sikh women’s relationship choices is a key focal point for their mobilisation.

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