Feminism & Gender Democracy

Queer and Here!

As a minority within the minority, spaces for queer refugees are scarce. Mohammad Dalla ​organized "Queer and Here" to adress the urgent need for visibility, nationwide guidelines on special vulnerability, as well as scientific research on the experiences of queer refugees - a step towards dignity and genuine safety.

By Mohammad Dalla

LGBTI

Decriminalizing homosexuality in Kenya

On the 24th of May 2019, Kenya's High Court will decide whether the sections of the Kenyan penal code that proscribe homosexual activity are unconstitutional. The Kenyan National Gay and Lesbian Commission (NGLHRC) has for years been fighting to repeal these laws.

By Caroline Kioko

Kenya’s LGBTQ #Repeal162 case ruling postponed

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Article 27.4 of the Kenyan constitution states "The state shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth." However, the state and the citizens of Kenya have engaged in the systematic discrimination, stigma and violence against LGBTIQ persons in Kenya.

Beijing+20

Claiming back the F Word: Feminism and Women’s Glossy Magazines

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.

By Joy Watson, Claudia Lopes

Integrating Men into Gender Equality: Six Illustrations

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.

By Anzetse Were , Nduhiu Change

From Transition to Transformation - Women, Peace & Security

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?

By Abdullah Athayi

Our unique journey to implement UNSCR Resolution 1325 in Israel

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.
 

By Anat Thon-Ashkenazy , Netta Loevy

Men Politics

Women's power in the strongholds of the Patriarchate

Report

Conservative values and patriarchal structures are increasingly gaining importance as right-wing populism grows stronger. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report, we will need another 200 years before we achieve equality between men and women worldwide.

By Laura Meier

The life of men in the North Caucasus

Survey

In 2016, with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the international center Free Happy People, a group of researchers investigated problems and beliefs of men living in four Russian republics: Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Ingushetia.

By Irina Kosterina, Ekaterina Ivanova

Gender Democracy

Announcement: Anne Klein Women’s Award 2019

With its Anne Klein Women’s Award, the Heinrich Böll Foundation honours women who courageously and perseveringly advocate human rights, equality and sexual self-determination. The award ceremony will be held in Berlin on March 1, 2019.

GWI-Publications

Women’s Rights in Rojava

Paper

This study focuses on the areas permanently under Kurdish control with regime presence. These areas have experienced a quite different trajectory because they have been least affected by military fighting. While the human losses and damage suffered at the hands of ISIS should not be belittled, this area has hardly experienced aerial bombardments or fighting on the ground. Kurdish actors, for a long time tightly controlled by the Syrian regime, have been able to develop governance structures in parallel to the ones set up by the regime. While none of the Kurdish parties has openly called for independence understood as separation from Syria, Kurdish actors have come up with governance structures that explore the possibilities of autonomy within a federal state. They have come up with a constitution and an institutional design, and as far as it is in the range of their possibilities, they have been working on implementing it.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women, Power, and Change in Southeast Asia

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Report

A vital part of this report in Southeast Asia involves showing the ways that ordinary people, activists, human rights defenders, and social movements are organizing to protect their communities from destruction and injustice. Some of the most vocal and active participants are women from the most affected communities in the region.

Climate Finance Fundamentals 10: Gender and Climate Finance

Women are often disproportionally affected by climate change impacts which aggravate existing gender inequalities and as a result of persisting gender norms and discriminations. Women and men also contribute to climate change responses in different ways.

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»
  • UN Women Training Centre - 

    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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