is the greatest achievement for
women's rights in the last 100 years?
The right to vote in most democracies
The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination
Growing recognition for the equality of women
Hard to say but a long way still to go
answer the question, click here
Should the UN Security
Council step in?
Results: a. 87.5%, b. 6.3%, c.
Earth Hour 2011:
to go beyond the hour
At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the
globe for Earth Hour.
This year, when the lights go back on, organisers want you to think
about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the
planet. To share your stories, thoughts and ideas with Earth Hour and
to get inspiration from what others are doing, tell them what you're
going to do and they'll tell the world.
Live chat: Changes
past three months in Middle East, North Africa
In the past three months, people across the Middle East and North
Africa (MENA) have taken to the streets to demand – and in
some cases obtain – change. To shed light on the implications
of these changes and opportunities in the region and its inclusion in a
global economy, the World Bank will host a discussion titled Arab
Voices and Views on 21 March 2011 from 09:00 to 13:00 EDT /
13:00 to 17:00 GMT. The event will be held at the Bank headquarters in
Washington, D.C. and live online
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or opinions of third parties
Don't miss the CIVICUS
10-12 September 2011, Montreal, Canada
The CIVICUS World Assembly is a key global gathering for civil society
to meet with government, donors and the business community to discuss
and find solutions to building a more just world. Join civil society
practitioners, researchers, activists, concerned
business leaders and representatives from development agencies to share
ideas and experiences on strengthening citizen participation and engage
with donors and government representatives under the focus theme of
Civil Society and Global Decision-Making: Doing It Better. Through
plenary sessions, special activities, workshops, learning
exchanges and social events, the World Assembly's strength is its
ability to act as a forum where traditionally unconnected sectors
engage in dialogue to act collaboratively towards the strengthening of
before 30 March and get 60%
off the registration fee.
WORKSHOP: Securely Exchanging Information through Technology
In an interactive format over two days, this
workshop will provide an explanation of, and solutions for, threats
that are most often faced when using information and communication
technologies for advocacy work.
Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011
The European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011 will be
held in Tallinn, ESTONIA, from 19 -24th July 2011. The meeting will
explore the theme of youth involvement in ensuring sustainable
development and will examine what role young people and youth
organisations can play in efforts toward sustainability.
SMS Uprising: Mobile
Activism in Africa
by Sokari Ekine
SMS Uprising provides a unique insight into how activists and social
change advocates are addressing Africa's many challenges from within,
and how they are using mobile telephone technologies to facilitate
This collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone
technologies for social change provides an analysis of the
socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in
Africa today. The essays address a broad range of issues including
inequalities in access to technology based on gender, rural and urban
usage, as well as offering practical examples of how activists are
using mobile technology to organise and document their experiences.
They provide an overview of the lessons learned in making effective use
of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often
associated with the use of new technologies for social change. The
examples are shared in a way that makes them easy to replicate
– 'Try this idea in your campaign.' The intention is that the
experiences described in the book will lead to greater reflection about
the real potential and limitations of mobile technologies.
book reviews, click
Europe or Oceania (application deadline 4 April 2011)
CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Convening Officer to facilitate the
effective implementation of CIVICUS’ convening strategy and
manage relationships between CIVICUS and its networks in any of the
following regions: Asia, Europe or Oceania. The Convening Officer will
be responsible for the coordination of CIVICUS’ interventions
in the region.
East, North Africa (application deadline 4 April 2011)
CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Convening Officer to facilitate the
effective implementation of CIVICUS’ convening strategy and
manage relationships between CIVICUS and its networks in the MENA
region. The Convening Officer will be responsible for the coordination
of CIVICUS’ interventions in the region.
(application deadline 4 April 2011)
CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Junior Convening Officer to facilitate
the effective implementation of CIVICUS' convening strategy and support
the work of the regional Convening Officers.
Manager (application deadline 25 March 2011)
This role will be responsible for overall coordination, planning,
development and management of a resource mobilisation and partnership
strategy to engage relevant partners, raise the necessary funds and
support accountability of transparent contribution management
Manager (application deadline 3 April 2011)
Association for Women’s Rights in Development
The Association for Women's Rights in Development, an international
feminist membership organisation that works to strengthen the voice,
impact and influence of women's rights advocates, organisations and
movements internationally, seeks to appoint a Young Feminist Activist
Manager, based either in Toronto, Mexico City or Cape Town.
solve our systemic problems
Our thoughts are presently with the Japanese people and, in
our colleagues, partners and their families. The impact of the massive
earthquake, the tsunami it triggered and the threat
of nuclear radiation from damaged reactors have dominated the media,
generating long overdue debate on the risks of nuclear energy.
As I write this, Saudi Arabian troops have entered
citizens demanding their democratic rights, while forces loyal to
Muammar Gaddafi continue to deploy lethal military force against
Libyans seeking their rights and freedoms.
As the world focuses its collective attention on the dramatic
developments in Japan and the Middle East, other crises, from Belarus
to Zimbabwe and beyond, threaten to fall off the radar completely.
Fire-fighting replaces progress on systemic solutions.
Each new crisis and the inadequate response it evokes further
highlights the extent to which we have stretched global resilience
through our failure to address economic, political and ecological
issues that lie at the root of the myriad crises.
The CIVICUS World Assembly taking place in Montreal, Canada from 10-12
September this year aims to fill that gap. It is becoming increasingly
accepted that tackling the challenges we face requires collaboration on
an unprecedented scale between North and South, local and global. This
year, the World Assembly will bring together stakeholders from around
the world to explore the theme “Civil society and global
decision making: Doing it better.”
CIVICUS denounces use of brute force against peaceful demonstrators
CIVICUS today called on the Bahrain government
to end the “shocking” use of violence against peaceful
demonstrators in Manama and use of foreign troops, attributing the
response as a “flagrant violation” of peoples legitimate
right to dissent. Recent reports indicate after 48 hours of police
crackdown in the Bahraini capital Manama, at least six people have been
killed and 1000 wounded after being mercilessly beaten by Bahraini
Accounts of torture and
arbitrary detention in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: A report to UN
In conjunction with the Open Society Foundation, CIVICUS led a mission
to bring human rights activists from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into
contact with UN Special Mechanisms, in particular with Special
Rapporteurs on Torture and Human Rights Defenders. These
alarming narratives on torture and arbitrary detention were presented
from 7 to11 March in Geneva.
Index (CSI) – New country reports
Four new reports are now available: Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia and
Venezuela. The analytical country reports provide in-depth coverage of
the status of each nation’s civil society.
Read more about Bulgaria's CSI report
more about Croatia's CSI report
more about Georgia's CSI report
more about Venezuela's CSI report
Submission to the UN
Universal Periodic Review 12th Session of the UPR Working Group:
outlines key concerns related to the freedom of expression, association
and assembly in Swaziland, the growing intolerance of the Swazi
Government towards any form of criticism or dissent towards the regime
and the over-categorisation of specific legislation used broadly to
clamp down on those who are critical of the government and the Swazi
to the UN Universal Periodic Review 12th Session of the UPR Working
partner organisations in Uganda have expressed concern about the
legislative framework governing NGOs in the country and the
restrictions it places on their ability to function independently and
contribute to national life. CIVICUS believes that the legal framework
for the registration and operation of NGOs reflects a deep distrust of
their activities and discounts their vital role in socio-political
Young Heroes is Swaziland’s first internationally based
initiative fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 42% of adults aged
15-49 are currently infected with HIV, the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in
the world with 70,000 orphans and 15,000 child heads of
households. This programme was created in early
2006 to help the nation’s orphans by linking them with
sponsors who provide funds for basic life necessities. The
goal is to keep these children alive, healthy and living together as
families in their homesteads and as a valued part of their communities.
Young Heroes is the main beneficiary of the annual Bushfire Music
Festival in Swaziland (27 - 29 May)
www.bush-fire.com. This funding provides food, clothing and
warm blankets for winter as well as additional fees for school
requirements (not covered by government aid schemes), medicine and
other basic needs. Most importantly, this support has the
added emotional benefit of assurance. It helps the children
feel secure in the knowledge that society cares about them and is
involved in their lives.
You can also be a Young Hero. Support through donation on www.youngheroes.org.sz.
Japan tsunami: A
of petrol and food but many bodies to bury
An estimated 10,000 people have died in Ishinomaki, leaving bodies
piling up as officials try desperately to feed survivors.
SUDAN: As secession
citizenship issues still unresolved
four months before Sudan is due to split into two sovereign states, the
future status of more than a million people of southern origin living
in the North – and a smaller number of northerners living in
the South - remains unresolved.
Nagging issues for
Why are European foundations failing to take the opportunities to
engage and achieve impact that are presented by today’s
Europe, asks Helmut Anheier.
shuts down Human Rights Watch office
Human Rights Watch
"With the expulsion of Human Rights Watch, the Uzbek government sends a
clear message that it isn't willing to tolerate critical scrutiny of
its human rights record," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of
Human Rights Watch.
Deadly Crackdown on
At least two people are dead and hundreds injured after security forces
in Bahrain drove out pro-democracy protesters from the Pearl Roundabout
in the capital, Manama.
Corruption in India:
million rupees now
drags its feet over tackling graft. It may pay a high price.
Food prices rise
for eighth consecutive month, reveals FAO
One World South Asia
Global food prices increased for the eighth successive month in
February, with prices of all commodity groups monitored rising again,
except for sugar, the FAO said.
Human Rights under the
democratic changes and equitable development:
Lessons of the popular Tunisian revolution and the responsibilities of
Arab Civil Society
initiative of the Arab Institute for Human Rights and the Arab NGO
Network for Development, a regional symposium was held on 1 and 2 March
2011 entitled “Human Rights under the Democratic Changes and
Equitable Development: Questions and Prospects in the Light of the
Popular Revolution Model in Tunisia and Egypt”. This came in
the context of the radical unprecedented transformations that the Arab
region is witnessing that led to important changes in the authorities
and opened the way for the outbreak of a third revolution in Libya
where the arrogant and violent regime has resulted in thousands of
victims so far.
The time has come for dismantling the state that always seeks gains.
This state was nothing but the outcome of a succession of failed
development policies. Its tyranny provided the opportunity for
minorities in the country to control the state instruments, monopolise
the national wealth and public affairs, surpassing the limits of
corruption and its traditional mechanisms and forming a new style of
violent and complex regime.
The UN Refugee Convention at 60: The Challenge for Europe
protection of asylum seekers in Europe is dealt with under three
principal bodies of law: the UN Convention Relating to the Status of
Refugees of 1951, the law of the European Union and the soft law
developed by the Council of Europe.
Redistributing power stories from women leading the fight against AIDS:
Development and Population Activities
publication profiles seven extraordinary women living with AIDS. From
civil war-torn northern Uganda to the edge of the Rocky Mountains in
the United States, these women leaders share their struggles, their
evolution and the passion they have for empowering those around them.
Post-election crackdown in Belarus
report documents the human rights violations that have occurred since
the election – including persecution of opposition candidates
and activists, abuse of detainees, trials behind closed doors and raids
on human rights organisations
Report - Grassroots
Speakout on UN Women
Source: UN Women
On 2 March, during the second week of the Commission on the Status of
Women, grassroots women leaders from around the world voiced their key
recommendations and experiences to Under-Secretary-General and
Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, and other
representatives of UN Women and governments. Read
Caste-based discrimination in South Asia: Report
of the Netherlands
the February 2011 European Parliament hearing on caste-based
discrimination in South Asia
Don't miss out -
Contribute to the 2011 CIVICUS World Assembly programme!
April, you can submit an activity
proposal online for the CIVICUS World Assembly programme. All
activities must link to one of the four programme tracks: development
effectiveness, climate justice, connecting people through technology,
and civil society and democratic space.
on the programme tracks, the activity formats and how
to submit your proposal is available online at: www.civicusassembly.org
Ford Foundation $50 million social issue film funding initiative
announced the launch of JustFilms, a five-year, $50 million initiative
to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works
address urgent social issues.
Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND)
Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects was established in 1999
by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND), with the aim of
inciting and encouraging innovation and creativity in areas of human
development. The award carries a cash prize of up to US$200 000. The
submission deadline is 31 May 2011.
global design firm that takes a human-centred approach to helping
organisations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow,
invites applications for its 11-month Fellowship. The submission
deadline is 18 April 2011.
2011 Youth Video
on Migration, Diversity & Social Inclusion: Calls for
Building on the
successes of the past two years of PLURAL+, a youth video festival on
migration, diversity and social inclusion, the United Nations Alliance
of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit
dynamic and forward-thinking videos focusing on these issues.