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Carving a space: reflections on the 2nd MenEngage Symposium, New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014

The recently concluded MenEngage Global Syposium 2014 in New Delhi offered its nearly 1000 participants an impressive breadth and depth of discussion and debate on reshaping masculinities and the role of men and boys in building a gender just world.  Bringing together “field people” (activists), “thought people” (academics), “policy people” (government and donor agency representatives), and “ordinary and curious people” (the rest of us!), not to mention a respectable number of feminist activists and academics, the Symposium sought to carve out a new space for those actively working with men and boys to advance gender justice. 


16 Days Campaign Demands an End to Gender-Based Violence and Militarism!

It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence. On November 25, 2014, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will stand committed, along with women and human rights activists, by launching the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. 


Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa Press Release: Trans Day of Remembrance 2014

Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa celebrates the international trans day of remembrance. This day has significance for transgender and gender non-conforming people all over the world, a day in which we remember and celebrate the lives lost to violence on account of people’s gender identity.


Uganda Network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons: “My Identity, My pride” Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Kampala, Uganda - On this day annually, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people (transphobia) and to bring attention to the continued violence and harassment endured by the transgender community globally.


One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation

The economic reforms begun in India in 1991 were couched in the language of ‘modernisation’, yet they have done little to challenge the caste and gender discrimination faced by Dalit women - in some ways their situation is worse.


It's Young Girls and Women on the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis

As in most emergencies, girls in Sierra Leone serve as primary care givers and providers in their families. They are at the frontline of the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak but invisible in the national response -- receiving little or no protection, recognition or support. Youth programs, government policy and interventions -- under normal circumstances -- typically bury or exclude girls. This stark neglect of girls was one of the first things I noticed during my recent trip to Sierra Leone to assess how the outbreak was affecting adolescent girls and what interventions were needed to support them during this period.


Iraq: Forced Marriage, Conversion for Yezidis

Victims, Witnesses Describe Islamic State’s Brutality to Captives


Syrian Women Working for Peace and Political Action

Syrian women filled the conference room and lobby of a hotel in this border city for one week in late August this year. They were the focus of a “Space for Collaboration” workshop, providing networking and training to women working on political solutions to the Syrian civil war. A majority of the women were civil society activists — who work outside governmental and military structures at strengthening communities and civil institutions — and in Syria they are insistent advocates for peace.


Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies.


United Arab Emirates: For Migrant Workers, Shattered Dreams

“I thought that I can save money. I’m supposed to get free food, accommodation, even call my family for free. Free flights home. Only a babysitter job. Who wouldn’t grab this golden opportunity?”



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