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
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.
In early 2013, the cases of two young women, brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world received uncharacteristic national and international attention. One was Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old from India; and the other was 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa.
On 15 August 2013, representatives of the departments of Social Development and Health, parliament and civil society attended a roundtable hosted at the Heinrich Böll Foundation to explore multi-sector responses for improved shelter services for abused women.
In South Africa, a woman is raped every 26 seconds. The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation have unveiled a mural in Johannesburg to highlight the need for the state and communities to improve their response to violence against women.
Khayelitsha township experiences one of the highest rates of violence against women in the Cape Town metro. In October 2012, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in partnership with Free Gender hosted a town hall meeting that sought to engage all relevant stakeholders in order to identify priority interventions for local government
Taking cognisance of the crucial role of political parties in the electoral process, the forum sought to ascertain the position of political parties on the controversy surrounding the timelines for the implementation of the gender two-thirds rule enshrined in Article 81 b) of the Constitution. It also sought to interrogate party initiatives to bridge the gender gap in political participation, challenges and untapped potential relating to women’s political participation in Kenya.
One major issue that should be at the heart of the sustainable development discussions, but often receives little attention, is the question of social equity and gender equality. Attention to gender has grown in the sustainable development discourse. However, vast social and economic inequities still remain.