International Gender Politics

Kenya grapples with fake news as women, politicians take the hit

Article

Women politicians and journalists have fallen victim of false information, most often through personal attacks meant to discourage them from politics or silence their voices in the media. Studies by AMWIK, ‘Women Journalists’ Digital Security’ in 2016 and 2017 indicate that social media has been the most used platform for attacks against female journalists, with the most common gendered attacks being cyber stalking, sexual harassment, impersonation with parody accounts, surveillance and un-authorized use and manipulation of personal information, including images, and videos. With more women in the public limelight, it is projected that more will become victims of fake news.

Anti-feminism is making right-wing stances socially acceptable

Anti-feminism as well as anti-gender rhetoric are playing a central role in the “centering” of right-wing ideologies. They are making right-wing mindsets acceptable in mainstream society and enabling parts of society to shift to the right without appearing right-wing. 

By Franziska Schutzbach

LGBTI

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

Democracy

Women, Security and Israeli Politics – Going Backwards

The number of women in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, reached a record high last year, but even then they accounted for only 30% of all Knesset Members (34 out of the 120 Knesset members). However, it is already projected that following the elections the number of women Members of Knesset will be even lower.

By Anat Saragusti

A feminist peace in Colombia?

Analysis

The inclusion of a gender perspective in the Colombia's peace agreement: past, present, and future.

By Catalina Ruiz-Navarro

International Gender Politics

Gender relations are defined and re-defined by constantly changing economic, social and political processes. International gender politics need to reflect the interdependence of state, economy and society. The intersection between gender, social, and cultural diversity must be considered in the drafting and implementation of emancipatory legislation.

Knowlege Box

  • The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development by the Worldbank finds that women's lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions. 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»

Economy

For Whom The Bells Toll: Not for Feminists, or Civil Society!

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.

By Priti Darooka

Climate

Religion

“I am first a Buddhist, second a feminist”

In an interview, Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkhunī, the first fully ordained Thai Theravada Buddhist nun, speaks about the struggle for female ordination in Thailand and expresses her hopes for progress.

By Srijula Yongstar, Florian Reinold

Law

Section 377: Not yet a lost cause

11.12.13 will be remembered as a Black Day in India for criminalizing homosexuality once again after four years. The Supreme Court of India overturned a historic ruling of 2009 by the Delhi High Court, which legalised homosexual intercourse for the first time in India.

By Caroline Bertram, Gitanjali More
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