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The Danzer case: local subsidiary pays military and police to brutally harrass residents
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The Danzer case is an example of European businesses working in conflict regions and profiting greatly from the brutal actions by the police, the army or paramilitary groups. Anna von Gall analyzes the international legal framework and urges Germany to pursue legislative clarification relating to due diligence requirements for foreign subsidiaries of European companies

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As Anna Argashvili recalls her childhood, she rememers the roles available to women in post-Soviet Georgia, traces the first instances of protest and resistance and highlights the current struggles of human rights activist in the region.

In this interview Butalia speaks about womens rights, the anti-rape movement and about the new elected Prime Minister.

Dossier: Beijing+20

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“Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”. With this slogan, UN Women has been mobilizing international representatives of women’s NGOs worldwide to engage in “Beijing + 20” and calling for a new boost in the participation and emancipation of women.

The women of the mountain villages in Rajasthan, India, carry 70 lbs. (or 32kgs) of wood on their heads for cooking every day. This woman is carrying a generator for repair in a nearby village
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Rural women increasingly come to be seen as vital agents in response to climate change. Disproportionately affected by it's impacts, these women also have a critical role in combating the weather changes, analyses Camila Moreno.

o corpo e nosso, it's our body
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In Brazil, despite symbolic political actions, commitment still has not moved beyond words concerning women's reporductive rights. HBS interviews Guacira de Oliveira, from CFEMEA – Feminist Center for Studies and Counseling, a Brazilian feminist organization

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In Brazil, women of color face double discrimination because of their gender and skin color. Most often, they live in favelas - the slums of the poor at the cities' outskirts. Manoela Vianna reports about three women who fight for a change

International Gender Politics

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Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research in New Delhi, is a veteran Indian feminist who has been following the International Women’s Conferences since Nairobi in 1985. She just returned from the March 2015 meeting in New York. We talked with her about women’s rights and gender equity in India.

At COP20, parties adopted the Lima Work Programme on Gender to advance implementation of existing gender mandates across all areas of the climate negotiations. This HBF-WEDO submission proposes how an in-session workshop during the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (June 2015) could advance gender-responsive mitigation action and technology development.

The monthly Gender Forum took place on November 27, hosted by Heinrich Böll Foundation

To fully realize the two thirds gender rule in the national Assembly and the Senate, Kenyans will have to agree to a minimum constitutional amendment. This was the message that was given at the monthly Gender Forum organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on November 27.

Humaira Saqib

Humaira Saqib is the chairwoman and editor-in-chief of Women News Agency and Nigah-e Zan magazine. She is also a member of the leadership board of the “Women Political Participation Committee” and a member of “Afghanistan 1400.” In the interview she talks about the political future of women in Afghanistan.

Participants form the Maasai Community follow Hon. Peris Tobiko's speech

Gender Forum held in Kajiado County on 31st October 2014: The Gender Forum is a monthly public dialogue convened by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung since 2001, encouraging dialogue on pertinent national social issues with a gendered lens. It travels around around Kenya in response to County interests. This is a review.

Peace & Security

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Gunda-Werner-Institute and its partners organized two panel discussions on strengthening accountability for gender-based crimes in armed conflicts. On this occasion, several international experts and activists discussed the current situation in Colombia, continued barriers to justice and cautious hopes for a more peaceful future.  

Paneldiscussion "Women in Armed Conflicts – Prosecuting Sexual and Gender based  Crimes"
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In the context of the Beijing +20 Review, the Gunda-Werner Institute and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) hosted an event focused on the achievements and remaining gaps with regard to one of the critical areas mentioned in the Beijing Platform for Action: Women in Armed Conflicts.

Feminism & Gender Democracy

Brazil - between (traditional) order and progress
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Do Brazil's women have an equal share in politics? Despite the 2014 election of a woman prime minister - Dilma Roussef - Brazil is far from gender equality. An analysis by Marilene de Paula.
 

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Twenty years have passed since the adoption of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The countries that signed this document are summarizing the achieved progress and discuss the need for systemic changes, which will make these processes irreversible. At the same time, even today integration of specific groups into the general context of gender equality remains problematic. Transgender persons represent one of such groups, which require innovative approach and different attitudes due to the complete invisibility and specific needs that they have.

Europe

Checklist with one done
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The European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Women and the EU Elections - As Europe prepares to go the polls this month to elect its representatives for the 2014-2019 European Parliament, we invite you to take a deeper look into the recently passed European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU.

women sitting with her ​​back to the camera alone in a park
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Gender-based violence in Europe’s fight against irregular migration Gender-based discrimination augments migrant women’s susceptibility to violence and when combined with an irregular status, contributes to a worrying culture of impunity within the EU.          

Gunda Werner Institute

Feminism and gender democracy are an all-encompassing shared task of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The Gunda Werner Institute in the Heinrich Böll Foundation (GWI) combines gender political questions and furthers the debate about feminism and gender democracy.

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GWI-Publications

Gender, Scientificness and Ideology

Who uses the term "gender" is often confronted with the charge of a principal unscientific. The brochure follows this allegation and provides you with arguments for such disputes.

Cover Transitional Justice

In post-war periods and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, gender-based forms of violence are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.

Peace and Security for All

Feminist Positions and Perspectives on Peace and Security Policy. In this publication the Gunda Werner Institute presents a detailed position paper to contribute to the international debate on peace and security policy. S. Publication series of the Gunda Werner Institute, Volume 6, March 2010.

Human Security = Women’s Security?

No sustainable security policy without a gender perspective. Documentation of a conference of the Feminist Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in cooperation with the Women's Security Council on October 24-25, 2003 in Berlin. Publication Series of the Gunda Werner Institute, Vol. 2, second edition, Berlin 2007.