The outside world should keep an eye on Belarus

Since President Alexander Lukashenko came to power in 1994, no elections in the country have been considered free and fair by the outside world, writes Goran Miletic. Photo: Russian Presidential Office (CC BY 4.0)

Of: Goran Miletic

The Belarusian parliamentary elections two weeks ago confirmed what many of us already knew - the country has a very long way to go in terms of democracy. This year's election results - where no one from the opposition was elected to parliament - give the outside world further reasons to monitor developments in the country ahead of next year's presidential election. The general human rights situation in Belarus (formerly Belarus) […]

December 3, 2019, Guest chronicle

Protect the International Criminal Court

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda did not receive a visa to the United States after the court wanted to investigate whether the US military committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Photo: ICC-CPI ©

Of: Jens Petersson

Next week, the states will meet in the International Criminal Court ICC for a meeting in The Hague. The court is currently in a turbulent time and many popular movements will be in place to show their support for the court. But even an important court can be better, writes Jens Petersson who participates in the meeting on behalf of the Swedish UN.

November 29, 2019, Guest chronicle

What do you know about those who produce your food?

Many of the workers who produce our food earn so little that they themselves cannot afford to eat. In addition, many suffer from diseases after spraying crops without protective equipment. Rice plantations are sprayed here.

Of: Elin Williams

Have you bought coffee, rice or crushed tomatoes in the last week? Maybe avocado, tea or bananas? Me too. You do, of course. We live in a time where many of us attach great importance to what we eat. We know how to eat healthy, climate-smart and good. How to make a healthy brunch or […]

November 8, 2019, Guest chronicle

Is there a sustainable version of the clothing industry?

It is not easy to choose nice clothes. A large-scale production looks pretty much the same regardless of what ethical certification the garment has, says the guest columnist with long experience in the industry.

Of: Johan Stellansson

I do not think I thought for many seconds about what clothes I bought - or especially where I bought them - during the first 38 years of my life. Mainly because I was not interested, I had so much else to worry about. But I later understood that the ethical choice for the consumer […]

October 18, 2019, Guest chronicle

What are we going to do with women?

Young students in Tonga

Women and girls are often seen as instruments for creating everything from economic development to a better climate. Guest columnist Julia Schalk thinks that we should stop putting all the world's problems on the shoulders of women and girls. Photo: Connor Ashleigh / AusAID (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Julia Schalk

There is nothing women and girls, as collectives and individuals, should not be able to do. Do we want economic development? Invest in women, they distribute income more long-term (children's education). Reduced carbon emissions? Give women contraception so they give birth to fewer children (reduced population growth). Peace? Include women in peace negotiations. Fewer teenage pregnancies? Sex education for girls so they learn […]

October 11, 2019, Guest chronicle

The conversation is the key to neat and efficient assistance

Demonstration for abortion in Argentina

When RFSU chooses partners, they must have a feminist foundation. At the same time, it is not RFSU that will control their struggle, writes Julia Schalk. Here Argentines demonstrate for abortion. Photo: Dianela Jael Gahn (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Of: Julia Schalk

How can we provide assistance on the terms of the recipients and at the same time be driven by a commitment to change? For RFSU, long-term cooperation must be based on a common feminist will to change, but it is our partners who can best concretize what this means in practice. The key is the conversation, writes Julia Schalk.

May 6, 2019, Guest chronicle

The battle for sustainable development is being decided in the cities

Favelan Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

One billion people live in urban slums. The neighborhood where children grow up is of great importance for their life opportunities, the guest columnists write. Photo: Max Pixel

Of: Elin Andersdotter Fabre and Miriam Matthiessen

Did you know it's World Cities Day today? In the light of the new IPCC report on the climate crisis, we should take advantage of this day and ensure that citizens, decision-makers and people working on development issues understand the role that cities play in shaping our future. Sustainable development has become an increasingly common term in […]

October 31, 2018, Guest chronicle

What is a Child Bride Worth?

Monica in South Sudan.

When Monica was 15, her parents wanted to marry her off. Photo: Kate Holt / Plan International

Of: Monica

Today is International Girls' Day and we make room for Monica from South Sudan. More than half of the girls in South Sudan are divorced before the age of 18, according to UN figures. Monica was one of those to be divorced. Here she tells her own story to the children's rights organization Plan International.

October 11, 2018, Guest chronicle

Countries must recognize the importance of sexual and reproductive rights

Photo: Juan Chien-Han, flickr

Of: Charlotte Deogan

Everyone has the right to make decisions regarding his own body, and the right to live free from stigma, discrimination, violation or coercion. This includes decisions regarding sexuality and reproduction. A new, broader and more comprehensive definition of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has just been developed by the Lancet-Guttmacher Commission […]

May 31, 2018, Guest chronicle

Menstruation, power and opportunities

Of: Emilie Weiderud

May 28 is International Menstruation Day. Millions of girls and women are forced to stay home from school and work due to stigma and harassment linked to menstruation, lack of clean water, menstrual protection and functioning or safe toilets. In vulnerable environments, such as refugee camps, there is a risk of being forced to change sex for menstrual protection and "Sex for pads" is […]

May 31, 2018, Guest chronicle