News comment and analysis

10 August
2020

The psychology of extreme violence – Lauren Pett

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Violent, extreme acts in the name of political or religious belief are a disturbing feature of modern life. Organised extremist groups – such as white supremacists, Islamist militants espousing Jihad, hard-line animal rights activists, anarchists and misogynist “incels”, to name but a few – share common strategies of condoning and using unlawful and sometimes violent acts in the name of their beliefs. They aim to disrupt, avenge, punish, expunge and spread fear amongst target groups and the wider population.

24 June
2020

COVID-19 responses require an intersectional lens to protect migrant workers – Nikita Yasmin Shah

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The global COVID-19 pandemic was said to be indiscriminatory, leaving no one person, regardless of race, gender or socio-economic status, safe. Yet, once again, the impact of this crisis has been experienced disproportionately, particularly for those already in vulnerable, precarious situations. Those with enough privilege have been able to self-isolate, practice social distancing and regularly [...]

12 June
2020

Climate change, security and the importance of a gendered discourse – Angelique Lecorps

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The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security recently published a thoughtful paper on Gender, Climate and Security. The webinar that followed the paper discussed issues that we at Agulhas have been grappling with in our work. Here are our thoughts... C19 exacerbates existing risks and inequalities The COVID-19 pandemic, with its multiple ramifications for [...]

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.

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