Feminism & Gender Democracy

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Whose voices are represented in speeches and conferences about women's economic empowerment? As Priti Darooka reports on her experience at this year's W20 Summit in Berlin, there seems to be a disconnect between renowned business conference spaces and grassroots feminist discourses. An editorial from www.medium.com.

LGBTI

 The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT)
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Discrimination in the healthcare system, exclusion from society, limited job opportunities - in South Caucasus LGBTI persons are still victim of discrimination and violation. An owerview of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece
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Caroline Ausserer spoke with Zhan Chiam, employee at ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), about the recent report of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on LGBTI asylum-seekers and -refugees.

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.

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In times of war, when only the voice of arms is heard, the voice of the unarmed is lost; however it is essential to listen to the latter because sooner or later the arms will go silent and it will be necessary to start learning to live in peace.

Feminism and the womens media
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Women’s magazines have long faced critique for their often narrow and conceptualized portrayal of women and the impact that this has on the consumer. In their paper, Joy Watson and Claudia Lopes explore both harmful and emancipatory  aspects of women's magazines over different periods in time.

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Th Heinrich-Boell-Foundation in Nairobi has created six illustrations that highlight and discuss some of the ongoing challenges around the imporant tasks of targeting and reaching men as advocates for gender equality in Kenya.

The sole female doctor of the Herat Regional Military Hospital is honored in 2011. Afghan Women have had a long journey in terms of their rights and socio-political participation since the Taliban downfall in 2001.
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Afghan Women have had a long journey in terms of their rights and socio-political participation since the Taliban downfall in 2001. As Afghanistan has just entered into a new decade of transformation, the main questions related to women, peace and security remain: What has been built to ensure women’s protection and participation over the last decade? And what strategic approach could consolidate gender equality in the decade to come?

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Last December, the Israeli Government decided to establish a governmental committee to create a National Action Plan in the spirit  of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution calls on UN member states to protect women from violence, increase the participation of diverse women in decision-making bodies, and for the prevention of armed conflict. This video and the text that follows tells the story of the journey of civil society NGOs to create an Action Plan for Israel.

Men Politics

Michael Kimmel

Written tongue in cheek and entertainingly, Michael's short stories and instructions in “Guy's Guide to Feminism” – garnished with jokes and comics – illustrates why feminism not only brightens up the lives of women but is also beneficial to men. 

Anti-feminist circles have rallied increasingly against an equity-based gender policy in recent years. These circles are a network-like amalgamation of various groups and individuals originating predominantly from conservative and liberal camps, but also in part from right-wing groups.

Gender Democracy

Nomarussia Bonase
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Nomarussia Bonase was born in 1966 in Apartheid South Africa. Early on, her struggle for equal rights begins. Later she joins the Khulumani Support Group founded by women. A portrait of the winner of the Anne-Klein-Women’s-Award 2017.

Dédé Oetomo stressed that the focus on LGBT issues in Indonesia is due to an increased level of intolerance and homo- and transphobia in recent months. In spite of these worrisome trends, Dédé Oetomo remains optimistic that Indonesian society has come a long way in terms of organizing around LGBT issues.

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"One Cube" Three, yet one! - is a documentary film by Pramod Dev. Depicting three women who work in export-oriented sectors of India's economy.

GWI-Publications

Islamic Feminism

Islam and Feminism, those two words seem like an oxymoron to most people. But it is not to everyone. Starting in the 90's a number of Islamic feminists from different parts of the world took the stage and made their struggle for women‘s emancipation public. This paper delves into the basic concept of Islamic Feminism and attempts to portray the counter-discourse as it is forming in Lebanon.

Perspectives #02/2015

Despite the formal commitment of many African states to universal human rights, the realisation of those rights remains unfulfilled for a great number of their citizens, especially women.

Title: Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies

Among the most influential and insightful thinkers of her generation, Audre Lorde (1934-1992) inspired readers and activists through her poetry, autobiography, essays, and her political action.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Women’s bodies have regularly been – and still are – the central target of conservative and fundamentalist ideology and praxis. This essay provides analytical background information for critical and controversial debates and motivation to explore political intervention.

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses too activities pursued by a multitude of different local initiatives all over Central and Eastern Europe, which strongly promote tradition over equality. In many cases these groups appear to be backed and inspired both by influential US-American “pro life” organisations as well as the Kremlin’s "Gay-rope" propaganda, which aims to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline.

Develop Feminist and Gender-Democratic Concepts Further

The Gunda Werner Institute is a multifunctional meeting place and discussion forum, whose purpose is to promote theories of feminist and gender democracy, support grassroots projects and global feminist women’s movements, and envision gender-democratic and political strategies that effect change in social organizations. With varied political perspectives and personal experiences, our organization seeks new, unifying answers to the remaining unsolved questions of gender justice.

Knowledge Box

  • Feminist Europa. Review of Books.
    Current publication by the German Foundation for Gender Studies more»
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    this online community and platform aims to support the informed discussion and reflection on the current trends of training and capacity development for gender equality, the collection and dissemination of good practices and the identification of institutions, opportunities and resources for training for gender equality at the global level. more»

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