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Whose Universe? Women and Universal Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed into effect by the UN in 1948, was supposed to take care of it all. But since then, the world has answered with one bill after the next filling in the gaps missed by the Declaration and contesting the alleged Euro-centricity of the 30 articles. Now there are the Cairo Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the newly UN-signed Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and many more from various regional and identity groups. I'm currently writing an academic paper on the intersections among women's rights, indigenous rights and environmental rights...
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Political Art in the Female Form
Featured Community Voice: Anahi DeCanio Anahi DeCanio uses collage and the female form to encourage her audience to piece together the political questions of the day...
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Del Ponte Administers Justice
There can be no peace, and hence, no democracy, where there is no rule of law, where human rights are violated, criminals run free and victims receive no redress. Justice is a key ingredient of democracy. And women have proven to be the key ingredient of justice. In 1999, United Nations Head Kofi Annan announced: "Justice is a woman." He was talking about Carla del Ponte, the newly appointed General Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)...
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Can there be democracy without women?
The Roman and Greek civilizations, viewed as modeling modern day democracies, placed men as central public figures, although women appeared influential as goddesses in their respective mythologies. Their counterparts in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are said to have placed real women, and not just goddesses, in positions of genuine power, although it's not evident that those roles have translated into gains in modern day polities...
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Reflections of Iraq
Guided by candlelight, she performed 22 emergency cesarean sections during Iraq's first Gulf War. She helped young widows build the skills to start their own businesses. She jumped into politics as one of three women on Iraq's 25-member interim Governing Council. OBGYN, activist and politician, Dr. Rajaa Hadid Al-Khuzai has devoted her entire life's work to women's rights, putting herself and the security of her family at risk...
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Women Immigrants
This article story is about illegal immigration which is affecting the Mediterranean region. Every day hundreds of illegal immigrants flee from their countries hoping for a better life. Some do not make it. Amongst these immigrants there is a considerable number of women.
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Behind Walls
Step into the crowded Dar Taliba, a girls' dormitory in rural Morocco. Photographer Amy Thompson takes you behind the walls that separate girls from the public space of boys and men. All the photographs are unposed and made with available light on film...
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The New Slavery: Domestic Workers in Lebanon
Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a large portion of today's migrant worker population. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population is domestic workers. These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia...
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Human Rights and the New Economy
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Mary Robinson argues that a time of economic crisis is a perfect opportunity for improving labor conditions for workers across the world--men and women alike. Previously, Robinson worked as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and served as the president of Ireland...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Human Trafficking
Between November 28 and 30, Mary Anne Zammit participated on behalf of the Green Party of Malta in a Mediterranean Network meeting organized by the European Greens in Nicosia, Cyprus. Zammit presented a paper on human rights in non-European Union countries focusing on human trafficking, a problem common in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean region...
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