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2011-10-01: 7 FOI Laws Pass in Past Year – 18 More Under Consideration;
2011-10-01: Le noir est un blanc comme les autres;
2011-10-02: BBC viewers’ questions put to Cargill boss;
2011-10-02: L’enfer en or massif;
2011-10-03: Call for organisations to sign the Dakar Appeal against land grabbing;
2011-10-04: Circoncision: identité, genre et pouvoir, un passionnant article de Miriam Pollack;
2011-10-04: Circumcision: Identity, Gender, and Power;
2011-10-05: Only the Poor Are Left: Civilians Abandon Sirte ahead of Rebel Onslaught;
2011-10-06: Somali famine: Red Cross aid push in Islamist areas;
2011-10-06: La circoncision en question;
2011-10-07: For or Against Children? The problematic history of stand for children;
2011-10-07: Au Kenya, des Massaï veulent en finir avec l’excision;
2011-10-08: The Sahrawi of Western Sahara: The last colony in Africa;
2011-10-08: Vote de la proposition de loi portant prévention et répression des violences faites aux femmes;
2011-10-09: Six million new teachers needed to ensure UN goal of universal primary education;
2011-10-09: LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION: Le Burkina et le Mali brisent les frontières;
2011-10-10: Alan Grayson Shreds P.J. O’Rourke on #OccupyWallStreet;
2011-10-11: Mighty be our powers: peaceful women and the global south;
2011-10-12: THE TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A RATIONAL WORLD;
2011-10-13: African Husband, Japanese Wife;
2011-10-14: Do you Know the Law?
2011-10-14: l’ONU et la femme;
2011-10-15: Wall Street: Needed—a new old economic primer;
2011-10-15: Mariages forcés – Mutilations génitales féminines MGF;
2011-10-16: HURIDOCS’ online Course;
2011-10-16: Santé maternelle et infantile: des relais communautaires mieux formés;
2011-10-17: Pork without a pig: scientists attempt to grow artificial meat in a lab;
2011-10-17: République du Benin, Assemblée Nationale: Loi sur les violences faites aux femmes;
2011-10-18: Talk Amongst Yourselves;
2011-10-18: Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes;
2011-10-19: Alleged Inhumane Conditions for Post-9/11 Suspects Sparks Global Scrutiny of U.S. Detention Policies;
2011-10-19: Pour l’abolition des mutilations sexuelles;
2011-10-20: Report: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considers report of Côte d’Ivoire;
2011-10-20: UNOG – Examen Périodique Universel: Ouganda;
2011-10-21: Land grabbing in Africa: global resource scarcity and competition for survival;
2011-10-22: South African shackdwellers: We are all S’bu Zikode;
2011-10-22: Mariages forcés et mutilations génitales: conférence publique à Fribourg;
2011-10-23: The Community Radio Day Enjoyed Great Success at the FIESS;
2011-10-23: Excision: un couple français d’origine malienne déféré au tribunal d’Évry;
2011-10-24: Study: 11% of Americans take antidepressants;
2011-10-24: SOCIETE: Impliquer des leaders religieux dans la lutte contre l’excision;
2011-10-25: Not reporting Angola;
2011-10-26: When promises ring hollow;
2011-10-26: Should Africa Repay its Odious Debts?
2011-10-27: UGANDA: Making the most of security and livelihood gains in Karamoja;
2011-10-27: Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital;
2011-10-27: Commissariat général aux réfugiés et apatrides CGRA;
2011-10-28: Mugabe cancels Geneva trip in visa protest;
2011-10-28: POLITIQUE: Rapport sur la discrimination à l’égard des femmes;
2011-10-29: EU sustainability schemes fall short of safeguarding rural livelihoods;
2011-10-29: COLLOQUE sur les MGF;
2011-10-30: Earth Grab: Geopiracy, the new Biomassters and Capturing Climate Genes;
2011-10-30: La Librairie arabe L’Olivier, l’agenda culturel arabe. Geneva;
2011-10-31: CIA History of DCI William Colby;
2011-10-31: Mutilations sexuelles féminines MGF;
2011-10-31: Statistics October 2011.

Statistics October 2011

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Despite stopping our blog NGOs – we & others, which brought us most visitors, our Statistics for all blogs running under world-citizenship.org, 2011-10-31 at 18.20 h MEZ show some 4000 visitors per day.   Continue Reading…

Mutilations sexuelles féminines MGF

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connaissances, pratiques et déterminants de l’abord du thème en consultation chez les étudiants en médecine générale – Publié dans La Revue du Praticien.fr, par S. Cheniour Bibi, G. Ibanez, G. Lazimi, A.-M. Magnier, le 25 Octobre 2011.

en français – RESUME:

  • Introduction: Les mutilations sexuelles féminines (MSF) consistent en l’ablation partielle ou totale des organes génitaux féminins à des fins non thérapeutiques. Cette coutume ancestrale était répandue en Afrique et en Asie. Cependant avec les flux migratoires, les praticiens des pays occidentaux sont aussi confrontés à l’excision féminine qui touche 100 à 140 millions de femmes et de fillettes dans le monde. En France en 2004, 53 000 personnes étaient concernées dont 19 000 en Ile-de-France … //  Continue Reading…

CIA History of DCI William Colby

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CIA Director Distinguishes bad/good/lesser and non-secrets. – Published on The National Security Archive NSA, by John Prados, October 28, 2011.

… White House pressures on CIA to act in Angola and with the Kurds in Iraq helped set the context in which subsequent events occurred, along with White House attitudes toward the agency as well as Colby’s sense of how his problems would be perceived by presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and their associates.   Continue Reading…

La Librairie arabe L’Olivier, l’agenda culturel arabe

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Rencontres et cultures du monde arabeJeudi 3 novembre 2011 à 18h:

  • Dr. KAMEL MOHANNA, Président de l’Association AMEL (Liban),
  • Coordonnateur Général du Collectif des ONGs libanaises, Ex-Coordonnateur des ONGs Arabes.
    Présentation et débat sur le théme: les nouveaux défis des Sociétés civiles arabes,
  • suivi d’une séance de dédicace du livre les choix difficiles.

La présentation sera suivie d’un verre de l’amitié à La Librairie arabe  L’OLIVIER, 5 rue de Fribourg , 1201 Genève, Tel: 022 731 84 40, e-mail.

(L’agenda culturel arabe est réalisé avec le soutien de l’Association Rencontres et Cultures du monde arabe).

Earth Grab: Geopiracy, the new Biomassters and Capturing Climate Genes

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Vandana Shiva, October 27, 2011.

Where men seeking to grab power once looked to acquire territories and slaves, now the entire globe and its productive capacity’ is up for grabs, writes Vandana Shiva, in the foreword to Pambazuka Press’ latest title, ‘Earth Grab’. The book’s ‘three groundbreaking reports pull back the curtain on disturbing technological and corporate trends that are already reshaping our world and that will become crucial battlegrounds for civil society in the years ahead.  Continue Reading…

COLLOQUE sur les MGF

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Colloque sur les mutilations génitales féminines MGF, de la compréhension aux interventions, le 7 novembre 2011, 08.30 – 16.00 heures, Université du Travail, 1 bld Rouiller, 6000 Charleroi, Bélgique.

Inscription online, ou  au Secrétariat de la Coordination lutte contre les violences:   Continue Reading…

EU sustainability schemes fall short of safeguarding rural livelihoods

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, October 27, 2011.

BOGOR, Indonesia (19 October, 2011)_ The voluntary certification schemes recently approved by the European Commission to verify compliance with the sustainability requirements of the EU’s renewable energy policy have serious shortcomings for safeguarding rural livelihoods in developing countries. This places critical social sustainability issues such as land ownership and access, labor rights and food security at risk, says a recent report by the Center for International Forestry Research.  Continue Reading…

POLITIQUE: Rapport sur la discrimination à l`égard des femmes

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Dr Coffie Raymonde défend avec succès le dossier ivoirien à Génève. – Publié dans abidjan.net, par les Ministères, le 22 Octobre 2011.

La Ministre de la Famille de la Femme et de l’Enfant de Côte d’ivoire était le 14 octobre 2011 devant la commission de la CEDEF (Convention pour l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l’égard des femmes), au palais des Nations à Genève . La Côte d’ivoire qui se présentait pour la première fois à cette tribune a été honorée grâce au brillant dossier défendu par Dr Coffie Raymonde … //   Continue Reading…

Mugabe cancels Geneva trip in visa protest

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Published on SwissInfo.ch, by swissinfo.ch and agencies, October 26, 2011.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has cancelled a trip to Geneva to attend an international conference after his wife and five officials were refused visas … //  Continue Reading…

Commissariat général aux réfugiés et apatrides CGRA

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Publié dans Parlement Européen.eu, sans date.

Prise en compte de la spécificité des demandes d’asile liées au genre – Principes et pratiques:

Audition: Par l’application d’un ensemble de mesures, le CGRA crée un contexte propice au fait que chaque demandeuse d’asile  exprime TOUS les motifs pour lesquels elle estime avoir une crainte en cas de retour dans son pays.  Continue Reading…

Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital

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Watch this video, 33.33 minutes, published on YouTube, July 8, 2011: What is infant circumcision? Why is the practice common in U.S. hospitals and not in other countries? What does it remove and how does that affect the child? Does scientific data suggest that circumcision has benefits? What are the potential complications? How does it affect sexuality? Is it a medical procedure or a social surgery? If it’s unnecessary surgery, what about contemporary bioethics principles? … (full long text on YouTube).

UGANDA: Making the most of security and livelihood gains in Karamoja

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Published on IRIN, by ny/kr/mw, October 25, 2011.

Catherine Namoe straightens up from the back-breaking task of harvesting cow pea leaves to answer some questions. It is tough work, she says, and the men do not help much. Even if the rain does not come again to turn the plant’s yellow flowers into pea pods, the leaves can be dried and stored for a while, and may help feed her family over the long, hungry season in Uganda’s northeastern region of Karamoja.   Continue Reading…

Should Africa Repay its Odious Debts?

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Linked on our blogs with John Perkins, USA, with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and with John Perkin’s own website.
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Watch this video, 14.34 minutes, published on The Real News Network TRNN, by Paul Jay, October 24, 2011: Boyce and Ndikumana, authors of ‘Africa’s Odious Debts’, argue that under international law, debts incurred by dictators should not be enforceable. Continue Reading…

When promises ring hollow

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, October 20, 2011.

Almost two weeks after the killing of around 25 Copts during an anti- discrimination demonstration in front of the headquarters of state TV on 9 October confusion continues to surround the carnage. There is no clear plan to punish the killers, who remain unidentified, and no guarantees that root cause of the problem is being addressed.   Continue Reading…

Not reporting Angola

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Lara Pawson, October 20, 2011.

As a British journalist based in London, Lara Pawson says she feels increasingly uneasy about media representations of the politics and people of southern Africa. She even wonders whether international journalism serves any purpose any more … //  Continue Reading…

SOCIETE: Impliquer des leaders religieux dans la lutte contre l’excision

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Publié dans GCI, par JKD/AB/JPO/ST, le 20 octobre 2011.

Le chef de cabinet du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, de la Promotion Féminine et de l’Enfance (MASPFE), Mme Madeleine Millimono a présidé mardi, 18 octobre à Conakry, la cérémonie d’ouverture d’un atelier de plaidoyer auprès des leaders religieux pour leur implication dans la lutte contre l’excision et la promotion des droits de la femme.   Continue Reading…

Study: 11% of Americans take antidepressants

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Published on Fierce Pharma.com, by Maureen Martino, October 20, 2011.

A study conducted by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics finds that 11% of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants, making them the third most common drug prescribed between 2005 and 2008 for that age group. Overall, antidepressant use has skyrocketed 400% since 1988, just one year after Eli Lilly ($LLY) won FDA approval for the first-ever SSRI drug, Prozac.   Continue Reading…

Excision: un couple français d’origine malienne déféré au tribunal d’Évry

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Publié dans Le Post, (Sources: Le Point, notrefamille.com, Doctissimo), le 21 octobre 2011.

La police a été alertée par un gynécologue qui a constaté une excision partielle sur une de ses patientes enceinte agée de 19 ans. Le médecin a obtempéré à la législation française qui fait obligation à cette profession de signaler tous les cas, même potentiels, de mutilation génitales féminines, même si ces derniers sont ou ont été effectués hors du territoire français.  Continue Reading…

The Community Radio Day Enjoyed Great Success at the FIESS

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Published on AMARC,org, Montreal, October 20th, 2011.

… The day was dedicated to a seminar on community radio sustainability challenges and public policies during which several members of AMARC took the floor, among which the president Maria Pia Matta and the Secretary general Marcelo Solervicens, representatives of radios from around the globe as well as delegates from governmental bodies, such as Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.   Continue Reading…

Mariages forcés et mutilations génitales: conférence publique à Fribourg

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Publié dans Radio Suisse Romande RSR.ch, le 20 octobre 2011.

Des cas de mariages forcés et de mutilations génitales féminines existent également en Suisse! C’est pour attirer l’attention sur ce fait que l’Etat et l’Université de Fribourg organisaient jeudi soir une conférence publique. Deux films de la réalisatrice féministe valaisanne Carole Roussopoulos (décédée en 2009) ont été projetés, avant l’intervention de spécialistes du droit de la migration … (le texte en entier).

Voir: La conférence sur le site de l’Université de Fribourg; Mutilations génitales féminines MGF; Le site de l’Association Carole Roussopoulos.

South African shackdwellers: We are all S’bu Zikode

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Abahlali baseMjondolo, October 19, 2011.

Following threats against S’bu Zikode, leader of South African shackdwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, by the chair of a municipal housing committee, the group has called on democrats across the country to support Zikode and other activists facing imtimidation and repression.  Continue Reading…

Land grabbing in Africa: global resource scarcity and competition for survival

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (Hosted by: Devnet, Uppsala University, SLU), by SIANI, October 18, 2011.

… To secure future access to food and biofuels, private and state actors in wealthy countries (including the oil states) are increasingly buying or leasing farmland in the Global South, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some argue that this is recreating old colonial patterns of land ownership and distribution of power, threatening livelihoods of the rural poor.   Continue Reading…

UNOG – Examen Périodique Universel: Ouganda

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Douzième session du groupe de travail de l’Examen périodique universel.

Publié dans Mission permanente de la France auprès de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève, concerne l’Ouganda: Intervention de la France, le 11 octobre 2011.  Continue Reading…

Report: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considers report of Côte d’Ivoire

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Published on ReliefWeb.int/Update, October 17, 2011.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined initial, second and third periodic report of Côte d’Ivoire on how that country is implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.  Continue Reading…

Alleged Inhumane Conditions for Post-9/11 Suspects Sparks Global Scrutiny of U.S. Detention Policies

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Watch the video interview, 13.35 minutes, uploaded on YouTube by Democracy Now at October 14, 2011.

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, detention policies in the United States are facing increasing scrutiny both here and abroad. American citizen Tarek Mehanna is set to stand trial this month on charges of “conspiring to support terrorism” and “providing material support to terrorists.” Mehanna is accused of trying to serve in al-Qaeda’s “media wing.”   Continue Reading…

Pour l’abolition des mutilations sexuelles

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Publié dans Pour le droit au corps, un blog du NouvelObs, par, le 16 october 2011.

Censées amoindrir l’appétit sexuel par la diminution du plaisir, notablement appauvri chez l’homme, le plus souvent supprimé et même transformé en douleur chez la femme, les mutilations sexuelles sont nées à l’âge de pierre, chez les primitifs des moins vertueuses des sociétés polygames, incapables de trouver un autre moyen de prévenir l’inceste à la mère ou à la sœur, et l’adultère.  Continue Reading…

Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes

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Audition d’ONG sur le Lesotho, le Tchad, le Koweït et la Côte d’Ivoire – Publié dans Nations Unies /Droits de l’Homme, le 10 octobre 2011.

… S’agissant du Koweït:

  • Une représentante de Musawah a déclaré que les recherches qui ont été menées par son organisation ont permis de mettre en lumière les nombreux domaines dans lesquels existent des inégalités entre hommes et femmes au Koweït.   Continue Reading…

Talk Amongst Yourselves

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Published on openDemocracy, by Dan Hind, October 15, 2011.

People are now heading towards the Square Mile, the centre of the UK’s financial sector, in conscious imitation of Occupy Wall Street and similar actions in Europe and the Middle East. Some are planning to put together a People’s Assembly … //

… The Role of People’s Assemblies:   Continue Reading…

République du Benin, Assemblée Nationale: Loi sur les violences faites aux femmes

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Loi n° 2011-26 portant prévention et répression des violences faites aux femmes. – Publié dans Actubenin.com/le Matinal, le 7 octobre 2011.

L’intégralité de la version officielle de la loi portant prévention et répression des violences faites aux femmes votée à l’unanimité des députés présents à l’Assemblée nationale le 27 septembre 2011.   Continue Reading…

Pork without a pig: scientists attempt to grow artificial meat in a lab

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Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Grant Potter, October 15, 2011.

The most expensive piece of meat in the world—costing about US $12,000 per kilo (2.2 pounds)—does not come from a ranch but a laboratory – the meat is grown in vitro, without killing a living animal. The material required for in vitro meat is gathered by “a relatively harmless muscle biopsy from a pig, cow, sheep, chicken” says Nicola Jones, author of a recent article on in vitro meat.   Continue Reading…

Santé maternelle et infantile: des relais communautaires mieux formés

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Publié dans La Nation (Djib),par N Kadassiya, le 13 octobre 2011.

Le siège de l’UNFD a abrité lundi dernier un atelier qui ciblait les femmes appelées à servir de relais communautaires dans le cadre du programme préventif sur la santé reproductive. Cinquante huit jeunes femmes âgées de 20 à 25 ans ont participé lundi dernier aux travaux d’un important atelier portant sur la prévention de la santé communautaire et les MGF au siège de l’Union Nationale des Femmes Djiboutiennes … //  Continue Reading…

HURIDOCS’ online Course

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Postgraduate Diploma on Integral Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Social Activists – Published on HURIDOCS, October 13, 2011.

This course is aimed at persons involved in the fight for human dignity, NGOs and human rights association activists, civil servants from the different local, community and national administrations; volunteers and staff from international organisations; and citizens willing to be involved in social transformation processes. Above all, the course is designed for those who, as a result of their studies, activism, daily job, pedagogical work or responsible involvement with their social environment, are looking for material to channel their commitment to human dignity, by protecting social activists and human rights defenders.  Continue Reading…

Mariages forcés – Mutilations génitales féminines MGF

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Date: le 20 octobre 2011 /18.15 h / Lieu: Pérolles, Pérolles 2, salle A140 (Bd de Pérolles 90, Fribourg) – Publié dans Université de Fribourg, Suisse.

CONFÉRENCE ADRESSÉE AU GRAND PUBLIC: Campagne de prévention organisée conjointement par l’Institut de droit européen et droit européen des migrations de l’Université de Fribourg et le Bureau de l’intégration des migrant-e-s et de la prévention du racisme de l’Etat de Fribourg.
Intervenants / conférenciers: Carine Maradan, Bernard Tétard, Bureau de l’intégration des migrants; Prof. Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf, Ousmane Samah, ass. Dipl., Département de droit international et droit commercial, Uni Fribourg.
… (voir le texte en entier).

Wall Street: Needed—a new old economic primer

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The gathering momentum of protest in the US is charting new old territory – Linked on our blogs with Eric Walberg, Canada. – Published on Intrepid Report, by Eric Walberg, October 14, 2011.

The current crisis of capitalism is textbook Marx. Greedy capitalists, craven politicians, scheming bankers, dispossessed masses. It is also textbook Lenin. Imperial wars awakening the masses to revolt—though the days of Lenin’s competing empires are over. Rather, we are all one big happy family, with the exception of a few blaggards who will soon be “wiped off the map” to misquote a particularly blag blaggard … //

… Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong:   Continue Reading…

l’ONU et la femme

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l’évènement du 10 octobre 2011 à l’ONU: Troisième Commission, 9e et 10e séances – matin et après-midi – Publié dans Assemblée Générale, AG/SHC/4008.

ONU-FEMMES EST SÉRIEUSEMENT SOUS-FINANCÉE, AFFIRME LA DIRECTRICE EXÉCUTIVE ADJOINTE DE L’ENTITÉ DEVANT LA TROISIÈME COMMISSION – La Troisième Commission a entamé trois jours de débat sur la promotion de la femme … (voir le long text).  Continue Reading…

Do you Know the Law?

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A reference book for children and young adults – Published on Current Concerns no 20, by Caroline Walser Kessel, October 2011.

Kick-off to the book with the title “Do you know the law?” was an interdisciplinary study that was conducted in 2003–2005 in primary and high schools in Zurich. The study, in which the author cooperated as a lawyer, inquired, how well the sense of justice is trained with children. About 700 children and young adults in primary and high school age and some adults were interviewed about their sense of fairness and sense of justice.   Continue Reading…

African Husband, Japanese Wife

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Published on White Watch, October 3, 2011.

There’s been some discussion on the state of African-Asian relations. We found an interesting short documentary on one particular couple in Japan breaking barriers and stereotypes and moving forward. 2 videos showing their family life with their 5 sons and 1 daughter and the man’s integration into the Japanese culture: 9.53 and 9.18 minutes (spoken in japanese).  Continue Reading…

THE TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A RATIONAL WORLD

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Published on The Code for Global Ethics, by Rodrigue Tremblay, ©2007 … as taught at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in western Uganda:

  • 1. DIGNITY: Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings.
  • 2. RESPECT: Respect the life and property of others.
  • 3. TOLERANCE: Be tolerant of others belief and life styles
  • 4. SHARING: Share with those who are less fortunate and assist those who are in need of help.
  • 5. NO DOMINATION: Do not dominate through lies or otherwise.
  • 6. NO SUPERSTITION: Rely on Reason, Logic and Science to understand the universe and to solve life’s problems.   Continue Reading…

Mighty be our powers: peaceful women and the global south

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Published on openDemocracy, by Nada Mustafa Ali, 10 October 2011.

“We have included the Arab Spring in this prize, but we have put it in a particular context. Namely, if one fails to include the women in the revolution and the new democracies, there will be no democracy.” Thorbjoern Jagland, chair of the Nobel Prize Committee. The significance of the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to three women from the global south extends way beyond the Arab world and Africa. Continue Reading…

Alan Grayson Shreds P.J. O’Rourke on #OccupyWallStreet

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Published on Naked Capitalism.com, October 8, 2011.

One of the intriguing things about the commentary by the media and political operatives on OccupyWallStreet is how often they try to denigrate it, usually via ridicule and attacks on the appearance or presumed demographics of the participants. The underlying message is that the protestors are slovenly unproductive losers and hence have nothing in common with respectable middle class people. That flies in the face of the evidence on the ground, where the crowd in Zuccotti Park has gotten to be both older than it was at its inception and more mixed ethnically, and many of the Occupy demonstrations in other cities have solid representation of the middle aged and retirees.  Continue Reading…

LUTTE CONTRE LA PRATIQUE DE L’EXCISION: Le Burkina et le Mali brisent les frontières

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Publié dans leFaso.net, par Josias Zounzaola DABIRE, le 6 octobre 2011.

Le Secrétariat permanent du conseil national de lutte contre la pratique de l’excision (SP/CNLPE) du Burkina et le Programme national de lutte contre la pratique de l’excision (PNLE) du Mali ont mis en place un projet conjoint de promotion de l’abandon de la pratique transfrontalière de l’excision entre les deux pays. La cérémonie de lancement officiel de cette phase pilote du projet est intervenue le vendredi 30 septembre 2011 à Hèrèmakono, au Mali.   Continue Reading…

Six million new teachers needed to ensure UN goal of universal primary education

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Received by e-mail, From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: Oct. 5, 2011.

The United Nations marked World Teachers’ Day today with a warning that 6.1 million more teachers are needed to meet the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of attaining universal primary education by 2015.

Two million of these are additional posts, with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for more than half. But the shortfall also affects industrialized nations such as the United States, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Sweden, according to data published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.   Continue Reading…

Vote de la proposition de loi portant prévention et répression des violences faites aux femmes

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Publié dans L’Araignée, Le Bénin, par Jean-Claude D. DOSSA, Octobre 5, 2011.

Les femmes leaders de la Société civile saluent l’aboutissement d’un combat de longue haleine. Le vote, le mardi 27 septembre 2011, de la proposition de loi portant prévention et répression des violences faites aux femmes en République du Bénin est accueilli avec liesse au sein de la gent féminine béninoise. Continue Reading…

The Sahrawi of Western Sahara: The last colony in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Konstantina Isidoros, Oct. 6, 2011.

The Western Sahara is the last country in Africa that has not been correctly decolonised – instead, the right of the Sahrawi people to post-colonial independence has been frozen in time,’ writes Konstantina Isidoros in introducing this special edition of Pambazuka News. ‘If we are to take the rule of international law as our guiding foundation, then Morocco has blatantly defied international law twice, by its illegal invasion of someone else’s sovereign territory and by its illegal occupation that still continues today.   Continue Reading…

Au Kenya, des Massaï veulent en finir avec l’excision

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Publié dans l’Orient  -  Le Jour.com, Quotidien Libanais d’expression française, Source: AFP, le 4 octobre 2011.

Parce qu’elle peut entraîner de graves hémorragies ou encore des complications lors de l’accouchement, la mutilation des organes génitaux féminins est devenue illégale. À Narok, dans l’ouest du Kenya, une petite église accueille une douzaine de jeunes filles Massaï qui ont fui l’excision et un mariage précoce. Ancestrale, cette coutume de la tribu kényane, illégale, se heurte à de plus en plus de résistances.  Continue Reading…

For or Against Children? The problematic history of stand for children

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Published on Rethinking School, by Ken Libby and Adam Sanchez, Fall 2011.

Last October, a friend called with a question: “What do you know about Stand for Children?” The advocacy organization, based in our hometown of Portland, Ore., was expanding into his state of Illinois, and he hoped to glean some insight into the kinds of reforms the group would support. Just two months later, Stand’s Illinois branch had amassed more than $3 million in a political action committee and unveiled an aggressive teacher evaluation bill.  Continue Reading…

La circoncision en question

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Le troisième millénaire sera-t-il circoncis? – Publié dans Egalité-Reconciliation, par Dominique Arnaud, le 4 octobre 2011.

Aujourd’hui, les mutilations génitales féminines font l’objet de campagnes de sensibilisation visant à les interdire. Signe distinctif d’une partie notable de la population mondiale, la circoncision masculine est cependant acceptée. Pratiquée systématiquement jusque dans les années 1970 aux Etats-Unis d’Amérique, elle y est en régression. En Europe, notamment depuis l’indépendance des pays du Maghreb et d’Afrique sub-saharienne, le taux de circoncision suit une courbe ascendante.  Continue Reading…

Somali famine: Red Cross aid push in Islamist areas

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Published on BBCnews/Africa, October 5, 2011.

The International Red Cross has begun a huge distribution of aid to one million people in famine zones in Somalia controlled by Islamist militants. A continuous operation will transport the food in lorries from the coast deep into areas controlled by al-Shabab. The Red Cross says it is its biggest such operation anywhere in the world.  Continue Reading…

Only the Poor Are Left: Civilians Abandon Sirte ahead of Rebel Onslaught

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Thilo Thielke in Sirte, Libya, Oct. 3, 2011.

Civilians are desperately trying to escape the Libyan city of Sirte, the home town of Moammar Gadhafi, before the interim government launches its final offensive. Those who have managed to flee report desperate conditions in the city, where fuel and medicine are in short supply.  Continue Reading…