Thursday, 28 October 2010

DON’T MOVE – Mines Action Canada

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:50 PDT

Mines Action Canada’s goal is to make this inspiring and educational kinetic film go as viral as possible – and this is where we need YOUR help!! We are asking you to post it on your facebook page as a link or as your status, make it your Skype status, tweet about it and encourage other people in your networks to the same.

Arnotts to avoid child labour chocolate

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment,children and youth,Human Rights,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:21 PDT

BISCUIT company Arnotts will source ethical cocoa that has not been processed with the use of child labour for all of its chocolate-based products, World Vision says.

In response to a public campaign by World Vision earlier this year, Arnotts said it was committed to playing its part by sourcing sustainable cocoa that avoids the use of child trafficking and unacceptable forms of child labour by the end of September 2010.

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Lobbying blitz helps kill mining ethics bill

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:20 PDT

The House of Commons has defeated Liberal legislation aimed at encouraging Canadian mining firms to act ethically abroad after a fierce lobbying battle that pitted the industry against its international and domestic critics.

Human rights and environmental advocates had argued that the bill would help prevent corporate abuses abroad and recounted accusations of rape, corruption and violence against the industry during parliamentary hearings.

Mining firms called the allegations disturbing lies and “hogwash” when they presented their case against the bill. Industry officials said ethical guidelines are already in place and warned the measures would cost jobs and give their critics a forum for frivolous accusations.

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Land Mines Are War Crimes: Just ask Joao Silva

Filed under: Disarmament,International Law: War,Media and Conflict,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:55 PDT

The land mine that took Joao Silva’s feet worked perfectly.

Silva, a brilliant and courageous photojournalist on contract to the New York Times — and, in the eyes of many colleagues, one of the finest combat photographers of his generation — suffered grievous injuries Saturday after stepping on a mine while embedded with U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan… Silva didn’t die because he wasn’t supposed to. The weapon’s maker — given its location, probably an old Soviet arms manufacturer — had calculated the exact formula of explosives and shrapnel required to maim, shredding tissue and smashing bones, but not to kill.

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To the Women of Afghanistan

Filed under: gender,Humanitarian work,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:48 PDT

Women of Afghanistan, it is time to go to the barricades. Now is the hour to claim your rights. Negotiations are under way in earnest; the Taliban are at the table, so are the warlords and bandits, tribal elders and the president. There’s not a woman in sight. Yet everyone knows you are the ones who can yank Afghanistan into the 21st century.

Even über-economists like Jeffrey Sachs of millennium-goals fame are saying there is a direct correlation between the status of women and the economy — where one is flourishing, so is the other, where one is in the ditch so is the other. Every indicator says it’s the women who can lead Afghanistan away from the abyss. So go ahead and claim your space.

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Africa: Ignoring Women With Guns

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,gender — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:44 PDT

Johannesburg — The perception that women are only ever victims of conflict ignores the large numbers of female combatants, which can result in their exclusion from disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report, State of the World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change, released on 20 October 2010, acknowledges the role women play in forging peace, but cautions against the assumptions of women as nurturers and “natural peace-makers … [choosing] non-violent solutions rather than conflict whenever possible”.

Megan MacKenzie, a fellow of Harvard University’s gender and security programme and now teaching at Victoria University in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, states: “Little is written about women and girls as agents within the civil conflict.

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Youth Drama Tackles Religious Tolerance in Lebanon

Filed under: children and youth,Media and Conflict,Middle East,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:25 PDT

MROUJ – “Kilna Bil Hayy” (“All of us in the neighborhood”) is a weekly Lebanese television drama that tells the story of six children who live in the same neighborhood and attend the same school.

The children are all from different religious backgrounds and ethnic groups that comprise Lebanon: Lara is Druze, Kevin is Christian, Nadim is Sunni, Sara is Shiite, Mohammad is Palestinian, and Pateel is Armenian…

Some episodes deal with other universal issues such as bullying at school or the consequences of an unchecked competitive spirit and small lies. One episode deals with the topical problem of reckless driving.

The show targets children aged between 10 and 14 and is produced and created by the nonprofit organization Search For Common Ground…

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