25. Armenia: Women give voice to and reflect on the ‘Velvet Revolution’

By Angela Grămadă

Between April and May 2018, Armenia experienced a mass mobilisation of people power, with hundreds of thousands of men and women taking to the streets in frustration over decades of monopolisation of political power. Coined the ‘Velvet Revolution’, the peaceful protest actions led to a change in government. Women are widely recognised as having played a vocal and prominent role in the protests. Yet, over 6 months later, have Armenian women witnessed a ‘velvet revolution’ in mentality, a redefinition of their own role in a society still perceived as highly patriarchal? Or is there a need for a separate revolution for the society to acknowledge, appreciate and consider women’s significant contribution, role and position in affecting change and instigating progress?

 

24. From a buzzword to a menace: Asia’s “fake news” trend

In Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has already paved the way to his own victory at the polls later this month: the only viable opposition party has been dissolved, alongside the shutdown of numerous independent radio stations and news publications. His government has also rolled out measures against “fake news”—those found guilty of producing or distributing false information could be imprisoned for up to two years or fined up to US$1,000.

 

22. The football club of “hundreds of presidents” – how sport can be used as a powerful tool by civil society

By Andrzej Kostek and Jan Wąsiński

Among many human activities, sport is one that evokes enormous emotions. On the one hand, it motivates people to joint events and encourages healthy competition, tempers the spirits and yields team spirit and group identity. It is important in the processes of consolidating society. During global sports events, we witness live and highly emotional support of fans – people travel thousands of kilometres just to cheer for their team or player.

 

23. Journalists struggle on against rising tide of media repression in Egypt

After being held behind bars for five years for photographing what turned out to be a massacre by Egyptian security forces protest, my colleague and friend photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as “Shawkan”, is still in prison.

 

21. When blockchain meets civil society

Blockchain is a decentralised digital ledger that enables the unchangeable transfer of data, transactions and records. These transfers are known as blocks and cannot be copied or manipulated, meaning that all transactions are transparent and accountable within the network. Within the civil society space there are clear benefits in engaging with blockchain.

 

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