Chile legalizes same-sex marriage - more countries are next

The LGBT legal organization Movilh launched the campaign that would eventually result in Chile's new legislation on same-sex marriage. Photo: Javier Ignacio Acuña Ditzel. Source: Flickr.

Of: Tilda Janbrink

On December 31, LGBTQ people cheered as the Chilean parliament, after a four-year process, finally voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Thus, Chile joined the now XNUMX countries where people of the same sex are allowed to marry each other.

December 16, 2021, Report

Indigenous peoples' knowledge can stop climate change

The Manobo people live on the Philippine island of Mindanao. The area where they live has a thriving biodiversity. Photo: Keith Bacongco. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson

In a world where almost all of the earth's ecosystems have been disturbed by climate change and a quarter of our animal species are endangered, there are areas that have been preserved as if they were untouched - despite the presence of humans there. These areas often have a thriving biodiversity and ecosystems are even healthier than in nature reserves. The common denominator is that these are areas inhabited by indigenous peoples.

November 15, 2021, Report

The indigenous movement The Zapatistas are sailing in the reverse footsteps of the colonizers

The Zapatistas in the Solidarity House in Stockholm. Photo: Miriam Steinbach.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson

A delegation from the indigenous Mayan people of Mexico sails in the reverse footsteps of the Spanish colonizers across the Atlantic and embarks on their world tour. Dressed in traditional Mayan clothing, mouth guards and protective visors, they are undeniably a strong symbol both for the resistance of indigenous peoples and for the times we live in. But the journey is not only symbolic, but aims to bring together organizations fighting for social and environmental sustainability worldwide.

November 5, 2021, Report

Attitudes towards vaccinations a challenge for Ukraine

The number of vaccinated in Ukraine is low compared to other countries in Europe. Despite this, crowds gathered during the summer of 2021. Photo: The writer's.

Of: Nick Nguyen

Vaccination is crucial for a country to be able to put the pandemic behind it. But the slow pace of vaccination throughout Eastern Europe means that the pandemic may return in full force this autumn. In Ukraine, our correspondent is trying to find out why the willingness to vaccinate is low even among the young and well-educated.

September 14, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Report

The pandemic increases the need for midwives

Studies show that access to a midwife during pregnancy and childbirth saves lives. Photo: Flickr.

Of: Jonna Erdös

Several bodies report that maternity care as well as other bodies for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have suffered in the crisis. Sweden has a long tradition of promoting the role of the midwife. The serious international situation requires further efforts to meet the global need for 900 more midwives, reports UNFPA.

June 22, 2021, Report

Aid actors have stopped turning a blind eye to trans and intersex issues

A person with eye shadow in the colors of the trans flag. Photo: Kyle, Unsplash

Of: Sofia Karlsson

Trans and intersex groups are particularly vulnerable to abuse, intimidation and discrimination. At the same time, they are underfunded by aid actors globally, despite the fact that the issue has now received more attention and the movement has made great progress. Swedish assistance to trans and intersex organization is a world leader, but many challenges remain.

May 18, 2021, Report

Killer robots - the self-propelled weapons of the future

Killer robots could become the self-propelled weapon system of the future unless an international ban takes effect. Photo: Campaign to stop killer robots

Of: Jill Karlström Thunberg

Killer robots act without human control and violate international law. The robots increase the likelihood of war and discrimination against certain vulnerable groups. An international ban can counteract the development of killer robots, but this process is complicated by the current tense geopolitical situation and Sweden's passive attitude, according to several experts in the field.

May 12, 2021, Report

The images of Syria before the war

Adnan runs the Instagram account Syria before 2011 to keep the memories alive through photos from before the war. 
In the picture you see Aleppo in 2008. Photo: JH Wu

Of: Frida Ekberg Berry

In Syria, the war has now been going on for ten years. Millions of people have been forced to flee and the disaster is a fact. Without forgetting this cruelty to which the country's population is exposed, it is important to remember the country that existed before the war, thinks Adnan Samman, creator of the Instagram account Syria before 2011.

May 7, 2021, Report

The debt crisis after the pandemic

Photo: John McArthur, Unsplash

Of: Rine Mansouri

The corona pandemic has hit everyone hard, but now another type of crisis is expected to hit low- and middle-income countries, a debt crisis of enormous proportions as a result of the pandemic's effects and strain on their already fragile welfare systems. One potential solution, according to the International Monetary Fund, is so-called Special Drawing Rights.

May 3, 2021, Report

The double standard in Swedish arms exports

Continued arms exports to the war in Yemen. Photo: Felton Davis, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Of: Hanna Kristiansen

In the government's foreign policy debate at the end of February, the focus was on Sweden's involvement through humanitarian aid in the serious conflict in Yemen. At the same time, the export of Swedish munitions to the warring parties continues, which contributes to human rights violations. Sweden's arms exports are in sharp contrast to the development policy adopted by the Riksdag, says Magnus Walan, senior policy adviser at Diakonia

May 3, 2021, Report