Digital Activists Speaking Truth To Power

Zimbabweans from all walks of life in a solidarity march calling for president Robert Mugabe to step down in November 2017. Photo: Zimbabwean-Eyes, Flickr.

Av: FUF Lund

Shutting down the internet is one of the ways used by most governments across the African continent to silence opposing voices. However, citizens continue to use the internet to create awareness, organize and plan marches within and outside their countries. They have also come up with innovative ways of bypassing the shut-down.

5 mars, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

Does technology improve or imperil agriculture?

A demo plot for integrated farming established by Swaziland National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) in Manzini. Photo: Believe Nyakudjara, FAO in Southern Africa

Av: Carolina Yang

Innovation has been pinpointed as a crucial strategy to shift towards a sustainable food system in the EAT-Lancet Report released in January. Although agricultural innovation should not be limited to technology, it has without doubt had substantial impacts on our current food systems. Technology, however, is a double-edged sword, and should be properly evaluated prior to its application.

5 mars, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

When Men Care

Schoolboys attend sensitization classes on sexual education at a school in Bangui, Central African Republic. The classes are meant to prevent gender-based violence. Photo: UN/Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran och Yvonne Jila

The fight against gender-based violence has often been cast as a women’s issue. However, successful programmes in Africa show the importance of engaging men and boys in the discussion.

10 december, 2018, English, Long read, Magazine

Why Gender Matters

Gender inequalities affect all branches of all societies and must be taken into account for development to work. Photo: UN Women/Flickr.

Av: Fredrik Björksten

It was not very surprising when the video of Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish member of the European Parliament, went viral in early 2017. On the floor of the EU parliament, the Polish right-wing extremist stood up and proclaimed that; “women must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent!”. Responding to […]

10 december, 2018, Editorial, English, Magazine, Main article

The Gap Between Laws and Reality

On November 30th, the government building in Pristina, Kosovo, was lit in orange to commemorate the “16 Days of Activism” against Gender Based Violence. Photo: United Nations Kosovo Team/Arben Llapashtica.

Av: Visare Gorani Gashi

– An outlook from Kosovo “Freedom from fear is a summary of the whole philosophy and human rights.” Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish diplomat and former UN Secretary General Gender-based violence is a shameful reality in many societies around the world and is unfortunately also present in Kosovo. This phenomenon is deeply rooted in gender inequalities that […]

10 december, 2018, Chronicle, English, Magazine

The War on Women

50 000 women were killed last year in the global war on women. Photo: JWT/UN Women.

Av: Fredrika Sweno

Women killed by intimate partners or family members account for 58 per cent of all female homicide victims reported globally last year. We need to recognize that a lot of homicides should be regarded as casualties in the war against women.

10 december, 2018, English, Magazine, Opinion

No Space for ‘Otherness’

A hijra

A hijra (term for individuals in South Asia who feel neither male or female) at the annual Transgender Festival in Koovagam, India, in 2017. Photo: Lingeswaran Marimuthukumar, Flickr.

Av: Hanna Geschewski och Lauren Tropeano

What happens if you don’t behave like your gender ‘should’? Examples from Native American, Indian and Iranian cultures highlight that gender is diverse, but that the acknowledgement of gender variance doesn’t necessarily make us inclusive.

10 december, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Russia Gives Green Light to Domestic Violence

The Russian parliament

The White House in Moscow that serves as the seat of the Russian parliament. Photo: Kirill Vinokurov, Flickr.

Av: Lisa Elamson och Maria Ricksten

The Istanbul Convention is a legal framework that seeks to prevent and combat violence against women. In Russia, where it is estimated that 14,000 women die every year as a result of domestic violence, the signing and ratification of the Convention is an urgent matter. But instead, last year Russia chose to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence.

10 december, 2018, Article, English, Magazine