News comment and analysis

9 March
2020

Women at the centre of charge for social and political change: Reflections on 2019 – Kate Cerna

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International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 every year since 1911, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is not country, group or organization specific. As Gloria Steinem (feminist, journalist, activist) once explained: "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor [...]

28 January
2020

Lessons from Holocaust Memorial Day – Gideon Rabinowitz

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Monday 27 January was Holocaust Memorial Day, an opportunity to remember all those who were murdered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. A common refrain for Holocaust Memorial Day is “never again”, reflecting the importance of using the day to remember how these genocides were [...]

16 December
2019

Left-behind children: an issue that the Beijing government cannot turn a blind eye on – Theodora Yeung

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This year is the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most widely endorsed of the human rights conventions, ratified by all UN members except the United States. While there is much progress in the past few decades in enhancing and safeguarding children’s rights – be it basic healthcare, clean water, nutrition, education, etc. – there is still a lot of work to be done, not just in the world’s poorest countries, but also in rising economic powers. Quite often children’s rights and needs are neglected in these fast-developing countries’ journey to development.

27 November
2019

An Irrational Shower – Nigel Thornton

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South Africa’s response to HIV/AIDS illustrates all too well how government policy is seldom evidence based.  For World AIDS Day, Agulhas Director Nigel Thornton reflects on the response to HIV/AIDS over the last three decades.  Thirty years ago, in what was then called Pietersburg in the Northern Transvaal, I was only just holding onto the speaker’s Afrikaans. “This [...]

25 November
2019

VAWG: Combating Femicide in South Africa- Gemma Norrington-Davies

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There is no doubt that violence against women is a worldwide epidemic. In recent years, violence against women has increasingly grabbed media headlines, attracting the attention of high profile celebrities, influencers and governments alike.

21 November
2019

The Grand Bargain is moving the dial on humanitarian aid. But not enough – Lauren Pett

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The past fifteen years has seen humanitarian response enter into a new and challenging phase characterised by heightened risk, reduced humanitarian space, multiple highly-politicised, conflict-driven emergencies, and increased public and donor scrutiny. These accumulating obstacles are causing a growing number of organisations to turn away from traditional humanitarian action, particularly in difficult or insecure environments (see [...]

4 November
2019

Eco-fascism: How an extreme-right vision of ecological disaster and anti-migration is trying to reframe the climate debate – and how development practitioners should respond – Mona Soussi

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Eco-fascism, as defined by open democracy, can be understood as “a radical blend of ethnonationalism and authoritarianism.” It is a far right, radical environmentalism that encompasses Malthusian and white supremacist ideologies. Globally, there have been at least 16 major violent attacks clearly linked to white supremacist ideology since 2011.

11 October
2019

International Day of the Girl Child: Why we need to talk about the G in VAWG – Trisha Chauhan & Mona Soussi

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Violence Against Women and Girls is a worldwide epidemic. It impacts all women, including girls. And I’ll pause there. While violence against women and violence against girls tend to be boxed into one group, they can manifest in quite different ways.

7 October
2019

What a no-deal Brexit could mean for asylum seeking children – Paige Isaacson

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It is no exaggeration that UK politics is chaotic at the moment. We still do not know what will happen on the Brexit deadline of 31 October. One of the issues hanging in the balance is how the UK will treat some of the most vulnerable people – unaccompanied child asylum seekers – after leaving the EU.

22 July
2019

3 ways to ensure the Climate Assembly really addresses the climate emergency – Rebecca Willis, Rich Wilson & Lucy Stone

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This post originally appeared on Open Democracy UK.  Parliament is setting up citizens assemblies to demonstrate the public desire for climate action. But we’ve been here before – what will be different this time? The UK recently passed historic legislation setting a net-zero target for emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Setting a target though, is one [...]

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