Nelson Mandela Week:
Change the world for the better
In the lead-up to Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, and the
launch in June of Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Quotations
Book, the Foundation will release a Nelson Mandela quote from the book
every day from 14 May to18 July.
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Don't miss the
CIVICUS World Assembly: 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 2011 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 to address the challenges facing humanity. Register by 30 May and
get 40% off the
register or find out more about the World Assembly, click here
Societies; Responsive Citizens": 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference
The 64th Annual United Nations Conference for Non-Governmental
Organisations associated with the Department of Public Information will
focus on the theme "Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens". The
event will be held in Bonn, Germany from 3 - 5 September. Registration
Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad
The essays in this book reflect pioneering efforts to study the global
movement of ideas and institutions. They deal with topics of
significant contemporary importance: initiatives to address the AIDS
epidemic in East Africa; to protect the peoples and ecosystems of the
Amazon; to advance the "truth and reconciliation" process in South
Africa and in other areas of great conflict; to promote "civil society"
in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; to advocate for environmental
protection in the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Japan; and
to spread Rotary Clubs and encourage "social entrepreneurship"
throughout the world. These essays highlight a wide range of research,
paying close attention to the realities of particular situations and to
current thinking about general processes.
Adviser - Civil
Society (application deadline 5 June 2011)
The World Bank is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to
lead the Bank's engagement with CSOs, and to head a small civil society
team based in the Operational Communications unit (EXTOC).
Fundraising Manager (application deadline 12 June 2011)
ACNUR (Spanish Committee of UNHCR)
ACNUR is seeking a Community Online Fundraising Manager for its Madrid
office. The candidate will be responsible for the development of the
online strategic direction and will carry out the implementation of the
online marketing and fundraising campaign's initiatives.
Head of Campaigns
and Policy (application deadline 6 June 2011)
The World Development Movement (WDM), an innovative UK's campaigning
organisation working for positive change for the world's poorest
people, is seeking someone with a strong track record of developing
campaign strategies and tactics, alongside solid advocacy and policy
analysis skills in international development, who isn't afraid to take
on tough issues and powerful voices.
Home - isn't that
the place where, when you have to go, they have to take you in?
Watching Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba this
week and facing violent reprisals against their attempts to protest the
continuing violation of their rights to their homeland, I was reminded
of Jamila, whom I met two years ago. It's unlikely I will ever forget
her steadfast grace and dignity in circumstances where both are rare.
words she inspired
bear re-reading, I think.
Trapped, like Tibetans, Kashmiris and others, between rival
fundamentalisms and clashing security interests, ordinary Palestinians
- in Gaza, the West Bank and refugee camps across the region - endure
daily indignities that dwarf their other deprivations. Despite growing
global support, motivated as much by pragmatism as principle, their
claims - moral and legal - remain unfulfilled.
In September, they plan to press the United Nations to remedy this
long-standing grievance. Mahmoud Abbas presents
their case with great eloquence and coherence
Will they find solidarity from the many who have authored paeans to
democracy and human rights, intervened militarily or mobilised in other
ways to support the "Arab Spring"?
Jews need to talk about the Nakba
Are gay rights universal?
This week we paused on 17 May to mark global anti-homophobia day. With
same-sex relationships criminalised in over 70 countries, CIVICUS’s
Senior Policy Manager, Adele Poskitt, questioned if it was a day to
Belarusian authorities must end suppression of citizens, says CIVICUS
The recent detention of 14 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) activists in Minsk is just one more incident in an on-going
crackdown on civil society in Belarus, said CIVICUS today. The arrests
came as local LGBT groups were gathering in Minsk to commemorate the
International Day of Anti-Homophobia on 17 May.
UN recommends climate services to combat weather losses
A United Nations panel has recommended the creation of a $75 million a
year UN-administered organisation to channel development aid to
vulnerable countries to combat severe weather associated with climate
change as a way to reduce tens of billions of dollars in annual
releasing prisoners under new amnesty
Burma has begun freeing thousands of prisoners and reducing sentences
under an amnesty dismissed by critics as a gesture to improving its
image abroad. Human rights activists said few of the country's 2,200
political prisoners were among those being released.
Libya: How online
mapping helped crisis response
Soon after the Libyan crisis broke, decision-makers and humanitarian
workers faced a critical challenge: lack of information about events
inside the country.
Women break down
barriers in heavy construction in Brazil
They represent just seven percent of the workers building the Santo
Antonio hydro-electric dam on the Madeira River, which cuts across the
Amazon jungle in northwest Brazil. But the women workers total 1,200,
and many of them have had to break down barriers to jobs seen as the
preserve of men. Zenaide Pereira da Silva, 29, is one of them. She was
the first woman to operate a gantry crane - basically a gigantic
20-metre-high crane on wheels that can lift up to 250 tonnes, to
assemble the turbines and other enormous equipment in the construction
of the hydropower station.
Uganda: MP to
persevere with anti-homosexuality bill
Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and HIV Prevention and Control Bill
are likely to be carried over to the new session of parliament, despite
international and local pressure.
Nigeria: At least
800 killed in post-election violence
At least 800 people were killed in post-election violence that swept
across northern Nigeria as it became clear that a northern candidate
would not succeed in unseating the southern president, an international
human rights group has said.
Declaration of civil
society on the LDC Conference
Civil Society Forum
Representatives of civil society organisations, who met in Istanbul on
7-13 May 2011 at the Civil Society Forum of the Fourth United Nations
Conference on the LDCs, appreciated the opportunities to express their
views on the challenges to LDCs and the development of the Istanbul
Programme of Action and the Istanbul Political Declaration. However, it
is with deep disappointment that, at the conclusion of this process, it
is clear their voices have not been heard and reflected in the
Uganda: Treading a
Typically revered for being one of the most politically apathetic
people in Africa, Ugandan citizens are slowly coming onto the street to
demand change. Why now?
Film: Bitter winter
International Federation for Human Rights
The FIDH 7 - minute video Bitter Winter in Belarus denounces the
violent repression exercised by the Belarus authorities against all the
dissident voices that have protested against the rigging of the 19
December 2010 presidential elections.
Report: Stemming the
Tide: Arrests of Students and Youth Continue in Efforts to Curb
Potential Organising Power
Centre for Justice and Peace Studies
The report documents the continued arrest and torture of students and
youth at universities throughout Sudan, and in Abu Shouk and Al Salaam
IDP Camps in El Fashir, North Darfur.
Civilians in 2010: Facts, figures, and the UN Security Council’s
Worldwide, civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflict. In
2010, millions of men, women and children were threatened, injured,
killed, raped, displaced, recruited by force or deprived of safe water
Refugees and IDPs
after conflict: Why they do not go home
States Institute of Peace
This report reviews the challenges facing returning refugees and
internally displaced persons after protracted conflict, questioning the
common wisdom that the solution to displacement is, in almost all
cases, to bring those uprooted to their places of origin, regardless of
changes in the political, economic, psychological and physical
asymmetric warfare? Defender duties under International Humanitarian Law
Source: New York
University Law School
Scholarship and advocacy needs to bring defender duties to the
forefront of any discussion and investigation of armed conflicts. The
necessarily joint contribution of attackers and defenders alike to
civilian harm must be recognised.
Interim human rights
assessment of the events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus
International Youth Human Rights Movement
This report is an independent assessment of the events on 19 December
in Minsk, Belarus, undertaken by the Special Rapporteur of the
Committee of International Control (CIC) over the Human Rights
Situation in Belarus. Neil Jarman, a well-known expert on police
conduct and a head of the OSCE ODIHR panel of experts on freedom of
assembly, was appointed Special Rapporteur specifically for the purpose
of analysing the assembly in Minsk, the conduct of the demonstrators
and the police from the viewpoint of international standards on freedom
of assembly. The interim assessment based on available evidence
basically concludes that there were no mass riots in the city centre on
19 December 2010.
The International Campaigner Award is for campaigners outside the UK,
working to achieve social or environmental justice in their home
countries. The award recognises campaigners working in many of the
least developed countries of the global South. Nominations are now
Nominations open for
the 2011 Africa Prize for Leadership
The Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger
honours African women and men from all sectors whose committed
leadership has made outstanding contributions to the well-being of
Africa's people. Founded in 1987 by The Hunger Project, this $100,000
prize has put an early international spotlight on pioneering
individuals such as Wangari Maathai and Esther Ocloo, as well as on
heads of state such as Nelson Mandela and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Nominations are now open, deadline is 31 May 2011.
for "Connecting Women Mediators and Peacemakers in Africa"
Vital Voices Global Partnership seeks nominations for women leaders and
activists in conflict engagement and economic progress from Africa to
participate in the "Connecting Women Mediators and Peacemakers in
Africa" programme to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 6-7
October 2011. All the travel and accommodation expenses of the
participants will be borne by the Vital Voices Global Partnership
during the course of the programme.
2012 Rotary Peace
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the
world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides
academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership
roles in solving conflicts around the world. Application deadline 15