Spring Brings Disappointment for Afghanistan’s Women

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, they have – among other restrictions for women – restricted girls' possibility to go to school. Photo: Kajsa Waaghals.

Av: Arzo Bahar

Eight months after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, hope is paused as new policies restricting women are confirmed. These include an ongoing ban of secondary school for girls and increasingly stringent male escort requirements. Arzo Bahar, the president of the Female Staff Association of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, describes her experience as a working woman and mother, and the fears she has for her daughters.

26 april, 2022, English, Gästkrönika, Guest piece, Magazine

EU external action gives youth a place to raise their voices

Policy-making at the European level is starting to include voices of young people in decision-making processes, according to Johanna Caminati Engström, Policy- och Advocacy Officer for Plan International EU Office and past writer for FUF.

Av: Johanna Caminati Engström

Several EU institutions are currently working to improve the inclusion and representation of youth in the European Union and especially in its external action agenda, says Johanna Caminati Engström, policy and advocacy officer at Plan International’s EU office. She highlights the importance of EU’s newly implemented work such as the first-ever Youth Action Plan and reflects on its long term impacts.

31 mars, 2022, Guest piece, Magazine

Campesino struggle for rights in post conflict Colombia

For generations people have been farming the harsh lands in Sumapaz, Colombia. Photo: Nellie Banestig.

Av: Nellie Banestig

Caught between two opposing sides of an armed conflict, campesinos, the farmers of Sumapaz in rural Colombia, have had to face adversity for decades. After the 2016 peace treaty signing between the Colombian state and the FARC-guerilla, things began to improve yet the effects of the conflict are still being felt by many civilians. Campesinos livelihoods are still threatened, as is the strong cultural identity tied to that livelihood. This begs the question; is peace in effect for all of Colombia?

25 februari, 2021, Chronicle, Guest piece, Magazine

(How) can migration contribute to development?

people migrating

Individuals and families migrate in hope of a better future and freedom. Photo: jaci XIII/Flickr

Av: Alice Hertzberg

My interest in the relationship between migration and development grew when anti-immigration discourses started to gain a stronger foothold in Europe and the US. In the meantime, the largest refugee crisis since the second world war took place in parts of the Middle East and Africa. The year was 2015, the same year the UN […]

1 juni, 2020, Guest piece, Magazine

Online Gender Activism in India: Working Through the Fears

The #SupremeInjustice protests held in many cities across India in May 2019 were largely conceived, organised, and promoted online by gender activists. Photo: Padmalatha Ravi

Av: Shruti Sharada

A year has passed since #MeToo galvanised online gender activism in India. But as defamation cases rise and the accused remain powerful, activists need to look back at what made online activism so powerful in the first place.

31 januari, 2020, English, Guest piece, Magazine

Disastrous floods after prolonged droughts have challenged Iran

The historic Kashkan bridge was damaged in the recent flood. Photo: Ali Mostafanezhad.

Av: Seyyed Hasan Hosseini

Heavy rainfall and flooding in late March and early April 2019 affected millions of people in Iran, caused deaths, displacement and catastrophic damage to the infrastructure. This is happening while the country has long suffered from frequent droughts and adaptive management practices are not in place to deal with such fluctuations.

17 juni, 2019, English, Guest piece, Magazine