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Index November 2011

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2011-11-01: Austerity cuts in Greece cause suffering;
2011-11-02: Russia Backs Afghanistan’s Request for Membership in the SCO;
2011-11-03: Egypte: dix réformes pour instaurer et garantir la justice dans le pays;
2011-11-03: Call for Applications for the 33rd Annual Intl Human Rights Training Program IHRTP;
2011-11-04: Stop the land grab – International Peasant Conference,  17-19 November 2011, Mali;
2011-11-04: Lutte contre la traite transfrontalière des enfants;
2011-11-05: Ethiopia and Drought: 1984 versus 2011;
2011-11-06: A guide to Egypt’s first free elections;
2011-11-07: Call for applications e-learning course 3S12: The Right to Education;
2011-11-08: Women Own 1% of the World’s Property – Occupy That;
2011-11-09: South Africa: All occupiers are equal, but some occupiers are more equal than others;
2011-11-09: Les aides-soignant-e-s en grève -La revalorisation, maintenant!
2011-11-10: Experts urge action against child labour;
2011-11-11: Former Mossad Chief Seeks to Avert Israeli Attack;
2011-11-11: Aid Effectiveness: HLF-4 in Busan, Korea 2011;
2011-11-12: Development: The Netherlands’ generous aid programme should be sustained, says OECD;
2011-11-13: Features: Why the attempted remilitarisation of Africa will fail;
2011-11-14: Myanmar to free more political prisoners;
2011-11-15: World’s Poorest Countries;
2011-11-16: Geneva Initiative / Initiative de Genève 2.0 / Invitation;
2011-11-17: Occupy protesters return to New York park;
2011-11-18: Refugee Council Seminar 30th November 2011, London;
2011-11-19: The beauty of life in geometry and music;
2011-11-20: Africa Investigates: Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus;
2011-11-21: Write to Tanzania: help Mariam’s village;
2011-11-22: Africa: Economic slump threatens Kenya;
2011-11-22: Conférence Internationale permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes;
2011-11-22: Festival du Bénévolat – à Genève le 26 novembre 2011;
2011-11-23: Egypt’s aftershocks: Military vs the people;
2011-11-23: Invitation à l’Assemblée générale du Réseau Femmes africaines, Horizon 2015;
2011-11-24: So what’s new?
2011-11-24: Even in Somalia, women are rebelling against FGM;
2011-11-25: Interview with Thomas Ouana, from Mali, against land grabbing;
2011-11-25: LE SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL INVITES … ;
2011-11-26: The democratic fraud and the universalist alternative;
2011-11-26: Afrique: Lutte contre les MGF;
2011-11-27: Female Genital Mutilation, UK;
2011-11-27: Mutilation Génitale Féminine MGF: Le cartel du silence;
2011-11-28: MSc Human Rights and Multiculturalism;
2011-11-28: BURKINA FASO: Reconstituer l’intégrité physique des femmes victimes de l’excision;
2011-11-29: L’ONU appelle à l’action politique contre les violences faites aux femmes;
2011-11-29: DR Congo votes amid fears of violence;
2011-11-30: Women’s quotas: Gender equality is becoming an economic factor;
2011-11-30: L’ONU souhaite un plus grand rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits.

Statistics November 2011

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L’ONU souhaite un plus grand rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits

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L’ONU souhaite un plus grand rôle des femmes dans la prévention des conflits – Publié dans UN.org /Centre d’Actualités de l’ONU, le 28 octobre 2011.

A l’occasion d’un débat sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité au Conseil de sécurité, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, et la Directrice exécutive de l’ONU-Femmes, Michelle Bachelet, ont appelé les Etats Membres et la société civile à augmenter la présence et le rôle des femmes dans la prévention et la résolution des conflits afin de favoriser la paix, la stabilité et la démocratie.  Continue Reading…

Women’s quotas: Gender equality is becoming an economic factor

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Watch this video, 4.43 min, published on SwissInfo.ch, November 25, 2011: Switzerland has ranked tenth out of 135 countries in a World Economic Forum (WEF) review of gender equality achievements. But still there’s a lot to be done, particularly when it comes to managerial and directors jobs. Discussions on introducing quotas aren’t new, but this time it’s the economy giving momentum to the issue. (SF/swissinfo.ch).  Continue Reading…

L’ONU appelle à l’action politique contre les violences faites aux femmes

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Publié dans UN.org /Centre d’Actualités de l’ONU, le 23 novembre 2011.

Dans la perspective de la Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes qui sera célébrée vendredi, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, et la Directrice exécutive de l’ONU-Femmes, Michelle Bachelet, ont appelé les dirigeants du monde à renforcer la lutte contre les violences faites aux femmes … //   Continue Reading…

DR Congo votes amid fears of violence

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Polls have opened for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s general elections, after a run-up marred by violence and logistical difficulties – Published on BBCnews, November 28, 2011.

… The BBC’s Mamadou Moussa Ba in the south-eastern mining capital of Lubumbashi says that two vehicles carrying election materials were attacked overnight just outside the city by unknown gunmen. Two people were wounded and all the voting equipment destroyed. In all, 11 candidates are running for president and more than 18,000 are vying for seats in the 500-member parliament.   Continue Reading…

BURKINA FASO: Reconstituer l’intégrité physique des femmes victimes de l’excision

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Publié dans IPS, par Brahima Ouédraogo, 26 novembre 2011.

OUAGADOUGOU, 4 juin (IPS) – La construction d’un centre de reconstitution du clitoris permettra aux femmes victimes de l’excision de reconstituer leur intégrité physique grâce la création de la «Maison du plaisir» à Bobo-Dioulasso, dans l’ouest du Burkina Faso, estime l’Association voix des femmes pour l’épanouissement (AVFE).    Continue Reading…

MSc Human Rights and Multiculturalism

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(Buskerud University College, Norway) – Received by e-mail, by Audrey Osler, Date; 22 novembre 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I have been involved in the development of an exciting new interdisciplinary MSc Human Rights and Multiculturalism, available at Buskerud University College, Norway. The first students are due to graduate in summer 2012 and the programme is now recruiting for entry in August 2012. I hope that well qualified applicants from across the globe will be encouraged to seek a place.    Continue Reading…

Mutilation Génitale Féminine MGF: Le cartel du silence

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Publié dans MALIweb, par Rokia Diabaté, le 14 novembre 2011.

… Cette pratique continue de causer des dégâts irréparables et elle est le principal facteur de la mortalité maternelle en Afrique de façon générale et particulièrement au Mali. Au moment où les autres l’interdisent et en font un débat ouvert, le sujet reste tabou dans notre pays. Et on nous fait croire que c’est une pratique religieuse (purificatrice) avant tout.  Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation, UK

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Watch this video on YouTube, 8.59 min, uploaded August 31, 2010.

The controversial tradition at the heart of African culture has now reached the shores of Europe. Today, over 500 British girls are estimated to have undergone the procedure of female genital cutting. Many young girls would get excited at the prospect of going on holiday but Jamelia knew that the plane she boarded was taking her to be circumcised.   Continue Reading…

Afrique: Lutte contre les MGF

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Lutte contre les mutilations génitales, Un conclave du comité interafricain sur les pratiques traditionnelles – Publié dans Abidjan.net, par MK, le 18 novembre 2011.

Après Dakar, c’est au tour d’Abidjan d’abriter la campagne internationale pour l’interdiction mondiale des mutilations génitales féminines.
La Fondation Djigui la grande espérance, coordonnatrice pays de ce grand conclave qui réuni tous les mondiaux de la lutte contre les pratiques traditionnelles néfastes a organisé hier à son siège sis à Marcory résidentiel un point de presse pour donner les grandes articulations de cette rencontre internationale prévue du 19 au 21 novembre prochain Abidjan … //   Continue Reading…

The democratic fraud and the universalist alternative

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Samir Amin, Nov. 23, 2011.

Elections won’t change the world unless we can work out how to ‘bring together new, rich, inventive forms of democratisation’ through which they can be used in a way other than is conceived by ‘conservative forces’, argues Samir Amin.

1. THE DEMOCRATIC FRAUD CHALLENGES US TO INVENT TOMORROW’S DEMOCRACY

  • Universal suffrage is a recent conquest, beginning with workers’ struggles in a few European countries (England, France, Holland, and Belgium) and then progressively extending throughout the world. Today, everywhere on the planet, it goes without saying that the demand for delegating supreme power to an honestly elected, multiparty assembly defines the democratic aspiration and guarantees its realization—or so it is claimed … //   Continue Reading…

LE SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL INVITES …

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LA COMMUNAUTÉ INTERNATIONALE À MOBILISER LES JEUNES POUR AIDER À METTRE UN TERME À LA PANDÉMIE DE VIOLENCE À L’ÉGARD DES FEMMES – Publié dans UN.org, par SG/SM/13955, le 18 November 2011.

La violence à l’égard des femmes et des filles, qui se manifeste sous de multiples formes, est très répandue dans le monde, que l’on pense aux viols, à la violence dans la famille, au harcèlement sur le lieu de travail, à la violence à l’école, aux mutilations génitales féminines ou aux violences sexuelles dans les conflits armés. Ces atrocités sont principalement infligées par des hommes.   Continue Reading…

Interview with Thomas Ouana, from Mali against land grabbing

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by Real World Radioin Mozambique, Published: 21 Nov 2011.

Listen their download: The International Peasant Conference taking place in Mali against land grabbing aims to build a concrete action plan to stop this phenomenon, said Thomas Ouana, from the National Union of Mozambican Peasant Farmers (UNAC) in an interview with Real World Radio.   Continue Reading…

Even in Somalia, women are rebelling against FGM

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Published on Mutilazioni Genitali Femminili MGF, November 19, 2011.

Women in Somalia are organizing to put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) with action to create a law against excision and raise awareness among men and religious leaders about the serious health problems related to the practice that has affected the lives of nearly 140 million women worldwide.    Continue Reading…

So what’s new?

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Published on Al-Ahram no. 1072, by Mohamed Abdel-Baky, 17 – 23 November 2011.

Last week Fayza Abul-Naga, currently minister of planning and international cooperation, one of only a handful of pre-revolutionary cabinet members to remain in government, announced that politically motivated foreign funding of parties and non-registered NGOs was unacceptable. “Egypt does not oppose foreign funding of NGOs as long as it complies with Egyptian and international laws. However, the funding must be for development, not political purposes,” said Abul-Naga.    Continue Reading…

Invitation à l’Assemblée générale du Réseau Femmes africaines, Horizon 2015

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le Samedi 26 novembre 2011 de 12h30 à 16h30, – au Centre Communautaire 6767, Côte-des-Neiges (en face de Plaza Côte des Neiges, bus 165 ou 535, Metro CDN), Salle : Salle 401-2, 4ème étage – Publié dans Sisyphe.org:

Femmes africaines, Horizon 2015 (FAH2015) est un Réseau d‘Africaines (d‘origine, d‘ascendance et de cœur) intervenantes en développement humain (travailleuses sociales, sociologues, communicatrices, linguistes, etc.). Fondé en 1994, FAH2015 est officiellement une OSBL depuis 1998. Par le biais de l‘information, de l‘éducation et de la communication ou I.E.C. en matière de populations, FAH2015 poursuit les objectifs suivants : Continue Reading…

Egypt’s aftershocks: Military vs the people

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Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst answers three questions about the escalation in Egypt – Published on Al Jazeera, by Marwan Bishara, November 22, 2011.

Why has there been an escalation in protests in Egypt?

  • The earthquake that transformed Egypt in the beginning of the year hasn’t reached far or deep enough because the military – the backbone of the Mubarak regime – sided with the revolutionaries in the hope of safeguarding its status and privileges … //  Continue Reading…

Festival du Bénévolat – à Genève le 26 novembre 2011

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Reçu par e-mail, De: Jeandupeux Valeska (CHA), Date: Nov. 18, 2011:

Le service ONG du CAGI a le plaisir de vous transmettre l’invitation de la Ville de Genève à participer
au Festival du Bénévolat
le samedi 26 novembre, aux Bastions sous tente chauffée.
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Par ailleurs:
l’Académie de droit international humanitaire et des droits humains, et TRIAL, et l’Université de Genève
vous conviennent du 5 au 9 décembre à Uni Mail à une semaine d’événement
sur les crimes internationaux face à la justice avec Stéphane HESSEL et Giorgio MALINVERNI.

Conférence Internationale permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes

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Reçu par e-mail, De: Jeandupeux Valeska (CHA), Date: Nov. 17, 2011:
Le service ONG du CAGI a le plaisir de vous transmettre l’invitation au
CIUTI FORUM
qui se tiendra du 26 au 27 janvier 2012, dès 8h30, à l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève.
Thème 2012: Translators and Interpreters as Key Actors in Global Networking.
L’évènement sera interprété simultanément en anglais, français et allemand.

CIUTI Website. (S.E. M. Mauro DELL’AMBROGIO, Secrétaire d’Etat à l’éducation et a la Recherche).   Continue Reading…

Africa: Economic slump threatens Kenya

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Analysts say there is no reason why the country’s economy should be retracting, despite weak finances.

Watch this video, published on Al Jazeera, by Peter Greste, 2.18 min, Nov. 20, 2011: The value of Kenya’s shilling has plummeted, interest rates are through the roof, and inflation has soared to almost 20 per cent …

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Write to Tanzania: help Mariam’s village

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Received by e-mail, From: ActionAid UK, Date; 16 novembre 2011:

Dear friends I wanted to let you know about a girl called Mariam whose village has lost its land to a UK company, Sun Biofuels. In this video on You Tube, the Mariam Shabani’s story, 1.05 min,she tells you about the terrible changes to her life since Sun Biofuels came.

SEND A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT:  Continue Reading…

Africa Investigates: Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus

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What motivates thousands of children to take great risks smuggling themselves across the border into South Africa? – Watch the video, 25.02 min, published on Al Jazeera, by Stanley Kwenda, Nov. 17, 2011.

Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Zimbabwean children have taken quite remarkable risks to smuggle themselves across the border into South Africa. For the most part they are acting illegally, and most travel alone or unaccompanied by adult relatives, but it is the only way that many of them feel they can escape the debilitating poverty, disease and violence they have experienced under Robert Mugabe’s regime.   Continue Reading…

The beauty of life in geometry and music

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Just some links:

The Miracle of 528 Hz Solfeggio and Fibonacci numbers, 9.53 min;

The Gilchrist Sacred Geometry website;

Introduction To Sacred Geometry, 9.46 min: A lively video featuring artist Charles Gilchrist and his creations in which he speaks about the ancient spiritual discipline known as Sacred Geometry …

Sacred Geometry 101F (Part 1): The Golden Mean, 8.33 min;

Sacred Geometry 101F (Part 2): Pi – Phi – Fibonacci Sequence, 10.39 min;

Fibonacci number;

Golden spiral;

Google Image-search on fibonacci;

… for still more beauty, listen Eric Whitacre’s:

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – Lux Aurumque, 6.20 min, uploaded by EricWhitacresVrtlChr on 21 Mar 2010;

October, 6.59 min;

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – Sleep, 5.30 min.

Refugee Council Seminar 30th November 2011, London

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admission free – Received by e-mail, From: Refugee Council (also to reserve your place), Date: Nov. 16, 2011.

We are delighted to continue our series of six seminars presented in partnership with The Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. This seminar series  ‘New Challenges in Refugee Integration’ continues our 60th Anniversary celebrations by bringing together leading academics in the field of refugee integration. Tackling subjects including employment, declining protection, state approaches to integration and global perspectives, the series will conclude with an open debate of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees in March 2012.  Continue Reading…

Occupy protesters return to New York park

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Occupy protesters return to New York park. Judge says protesters can return to Zuccotti Park but cannot erect tents, after camp cleared and dismantled by police.

First watch the video, 1.44 min, published on Al Jazeera, November 16, 2011.

Many anti-corporate protesters have returned to a New York park from which they were earlier evicted by police in an effort to continue the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration that has inspired similar protests in cities elsewhere in the US and abroad.   Continue Reading…

Geneva Initiative / Initiative de Genève 2.0 / Invitation

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(english below) – Reçu par e-mail: De: DFAE (département fédéral des affaires étrangère) /le service ONG du CAGI communique: Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à la Conférence publique sur l’Initiative de Genève, qui aura lieu le mardi, 22 novembre 2011 à l’Université de Genève à 18h0 …
… L’évènement sera interprété simultanément en français, anglais, arabe et hébreu. Entrée gratuite. Informations complémentaires: eda.admin.ch/genevainitiative2.0.   Continue Reading…

World’s Poorest Countries

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Published on InfoPlease, November 14, 2011.

… The World’s average Human Development Index (HDI), which combines information on life expectancy, schooling and income, has increased 19% since 1990 (and 41% since 1970). This reflects large improvements in life expectancy, school enrollment, literacy, and income. Almost every country has benefited from this progress. Only three countries have a lower HDI in 2010 than in 1970. Those three countries are Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue Reading…

Call for Applications …

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to the Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture 2011-2012 – Key Facts of the Call for Applications 2011-2012 – The Call for Applications 2011-2012 will close on 30 November 2011 at 24:00 CET;

Published on HURIDOCS, November 4, 2011 (+ texte en français / + texto en español).

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR will accept project applications from eligible applicants aimed at implementing recommendations made by the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) after a visit to a State party … //  Continue Reading…

Myanmar to free more political prisoners

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Monday’s amnesty to coincide with speech by Aung San Suu Kyi to mark first anniverary of her release from house arrest – Published on Al Jazeera, November 13, 2011.

Watch the video, 2.03 minutes: Myanmar is to declare a new prisoner amnesty that will include political detainees, government officials in the military-dominated country say. “Some prisoners will be released on Monday,” an official who did not wish to be named told the AFP news agency on Sunday, without giving further details.   Continue Reading…

Features: Why the attempted remilitarisation of Africa will fail

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, November 10, 2011.

Kenya’s foray into Somalia, led from behind by US Africa Command (AFRICOM), ‘represents a heightened threat to peace and reconstruction in Africa, especially East Africa’, argues Horace Campbell. AFRICOM’s attempts at remilitarisation will not solve Africa’s problems, says Campbell, when ‘the root cause’ of the ‘threats to stability and security challenges’ across the continent is ‘the exploitation and plunder’ of its resources.   Continue Reading…

Development: The Netherlands’ generous aid programme should be sustained, says OECD

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Published on OECD, November 10, 2011.

For each of the past 35 years, the Netherlands has surpassed the UN target of spending at least 0.7% of its national income on Official Development Assistance (ODA). In 2010, its ODA was USD 6.35 billion – making the Netherlands the 6th largest donor in the world. However, national belt-tightening will extend to ODA and the Netherlands will reduce aid over the coming years, from 0.81% of national income in 2010 to 0.7% by 2012.   Continue Reading…

Aid Effectiveness: HLF-4 in Busan, Korea 2011

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The Fourth High-level forum (HLF-4) on aid effectiveness will be held in Busan, Korea 29th November to 1st December 2011 – Published on Commonwealth Secretariat, November 2011.

HLF-4 will be a defining moment for international development, reflecting collective efforts by developed and developing partners and by all development stakeholders to implement the international framework to improve the quality of aid.  Continue Reading…

Former Mossad Chief Seeks to Avert Israeli Attack

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Ronen Bergman and Juliane von Mittelstaedt, November 8, 2011.

… Growing Speculation:

The ongoing debate in Israel over whether to launch an attack is more open than it ever has been. This debate cannot be part of a bluff because it doesn’t help the prime minister when the general public suddenly wants to have a say in such matters. Of course, journalists have always speculated on an attack, but now politicians, military leaders and intelligence officials are also joining in the chorus of people issuing public warnings.    Continue Reading…

Experts urge action against child labour

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Published on DNA, by Kinjal Desai, Nov. 9, 2011.

Free India does not necessarily mean freedom for poor from poverty or freedom for children from labour. Stakeholders have to pull up their socks if they really intend to help society’s poorer section. This was the general opinion shared by most of the speakers and stakeholders at the two-day workshop on Elimination of Bonded Labour and Child Labour.   Continue Reading…

Les aides-soignant-e-s en grève -La revalorisation, maintenant!

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A l’Hopital Universitaire de Genève HUG – Publié dans Syndicat des services publics vpod-ssp, Novembre 2011.

Aides-soignant-e-s HUG: les raisons de notre grève … depuis le 18 octobre 2011:  Le métier d’aide-soignant-e a profondément évolué ces dix dernières années. Notre nouveau cahier des charges, en vigueur depuis décembre 2009, est plus exigeant : il demande une relation avec le patientplus intense, la maîtrise de nouvelles technologies, plus de responsabilités et d’implication dans le processus de soin, des capacités d’observation accrues de l’état général du patient… mais il ne prend pas en compte l’augmentation de notre charge de travail … //    Continue Reading…

South Africa: All occupiers are equal, but some occupiers are more equal than others

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Critical reflections on #OccupyCapeTown – Published on Pambazuka News, by Jared Sacks, November 3, 2011.

Jared Sacks attended an Occupy Cape Town event on 15 October and found a huge theoretical gulf between the lived experience of those whose voices are invisible and the liberal white activists who proclaim that we are all, in fact, the same.  He writes that: It is about time that white male activists who sincerely want to dismantle oppression, begin to take seriously the voices of the oppressed from within the 99 per cent.  Continue Reading…

Women Own 1% of the World’s Property – Occupy That

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Published on ZNet (first on Huffington Post), by Soraya Chemaly, November 06, 2011.

… There must be a good reason for this startling fact. Especially since, according to UN gender reports, women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of its food and earn a whopping 10% of its income. Could it be that Occupy Wall Street really is a feminist movement camouflaged to make it palatable?  Continue Reading…

Analysis: Sierra Leone, Are Rights Campaigners Losing the Fight Against FGM?

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Published on allAfrica, by Moses A. Kargbo, August 29, 2011.

Freetown — The campaign to have female genital mutilation FGM outlawed in Sierra Leone seems to have taken a nose-dive with Bondo initiators – known locally as ‘Soweis’ – apparently continuing to have the upper hand in this struggle to eliminate a practice considered by many as having outlived its relevance. Even rights groups that had vigorously campaigned for the abolition of the practice seem to have conceded defeat to the extent that the campaign language has now been toned-down so as not to offend tradition.  Continue Reading…

Call for applications e-learning course 3S12: The Right to Education

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15 February-27 March 2012 – Application deadline: 1 December 2011.

Received by e-mail, From: Steven Courchesne, Date: 5 novembre 2011

Dear Colleagues, HREA and the Right to Education Project will be offering a six-week e-learning course on the right to education from 15 February thru 27 March 2012. Below you will find a short description of the course. For further information and to apply online, please see them all here.   Continue Reading…

A guide to Egypt’s first free elections

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Published on IRINnews, par ae/ha/eo/mw, November 3, 2011.

Millions of Egyptians will head to the polls on 28 November in the first parliamentary vote after a popular uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The elections end decades of what was effectively one-party rule and will establish a parliament to lead the drafting of a new constitution within a year. If approved in a subsequent referendum, this constitution will shape Egypt’s future. But few Egyptians understand the complex election system or know what the parties represent … //   Continue Reading…

Burkina Faso: Lutte contre l’excision, les futurs acteurs de la chaîne judiciaire formés

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Publié dans allAfrica, par Wilfried Bakouan, Novembre 2, 2011.

Renforcer les capacités des acteurs de la chaîne judiciaire, améliorer l’efficacité de l’application du Code pénal concernant les Mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) étaient au centre de la formation initiée par le Secrétariat permanent du Comité national de lutte contre la pratique de l’excision (SP/CNLPE) à l’intention des élèves magistrats, greffiers en chef et greffiers.  Continue Reading…

Ethiopia and Drought: 1984 versus 2011

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Watch this video, published on Humanitarian News.org, November 3, 2011.

A24 Media (the video is here) and ONE have produced a video on Tigray, Ethiopia that looks at the difference between the 1984 famine that lead to events like Live Aid and the present drought that has contributed to the present famine in South Somalia. The press release says: … (full text).    Continue Reading…

Lutte contre la traite transfrontalière des enfants

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Deux premières dames s’engagent – Publié dans abidjan.net, le 2 novembre 2011.

La Côte d’Ivoire et le Mali sont plus déterminés que jamais à mettre un terme au phénomène de la traite des enfants. Lundi dernier, au Plateau, Dominique Ouattara et Touré Lobo respectivement premières Dames de Côte d’Ivoire et du Mali ont décidé de se mettre ensemble pour lutter contre le trafic transfrontalier d’enfants.   Continue Reading…

Stop the land grab – International Peasant Conference, 17-19 November 2011, Mali

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by CNOP/Via Campesina, October 28, 2011.

The farmers of the National Coordination of Farming Organizations (CNOP) in Mali and the international farmers’ movement Via Campesina hereby invite the press to cover the first international farmers’ conference whose objective is to strengthen the fight against the land grabs which are rife in Africa and other parts of the world.  Continue Reading…

Call for Applications for the 33rd Annual Intl Human Rights Training Program IHRTP

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Published on HURIDOCS, November 2, 2011. /

Equitas will be holding its 33rd International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada, from June 3rd June 22nd, 2012. This annual, intensive three-week program brings together around 120 participants from approximately 60 countries.  Continue Reading…

Egypte: dix réformes pour instaurer et garantir la justice dans le pays

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Publié dans Amnesty International, 31 octobre 2011.

Les partis politiques égyptiens doivent mettre en œuvre 10 réformes essentielles en matière de droits humains, afin que la nouvelle Égypte promise par la «Révolution du 25 janvier» puisse voir le jour. Ce manifeste est synonyme d’espoir pour les personnes qui ont manifesté pour leurs droits … //  Continue Reading…

Russia Backs Afghanistan’s Request for Membership in the SCO

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Published on Bakhtar news /english, October 25, 2011.

… In a meeting on Saturday in Arg, Russian Special Representative to Afghanistan Zamir Kabolov, told President Karzai that his country supports Afghanistan’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Among the issues discussed in the meeting were Russia’s assistance in rebuilding two major enterprises, the Apartment building Factory and the Afsootr transport company, formerly owned solely by the government. Central Asia’s electricity transmission to South Asia was another subject of discussion.   Continue Reading…

Austerity cuts in Greece cause suffering

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Published on People’s World, by W. T. Whitney Jr., October 25, 2011.

“Greeks of all walks of life have become increasingly angry at measures they feel only hurt the poorest while tax evaders and corrupt politicians remain unaffected,” reported Reuters on Oct 20.

Tens of thousands of protesters surrounded the parliament building as, inside, ruling socialists and the center right New Democracy party joined for final passage of yet another austerity package aimed at satisfying big bank creditors and preserving euro-zone credibility. They are obeying European Union political leaders in what observers think is a futile attempt to stave off national bankruptcy.  Continue Reading…