Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Care and Support of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,gender,Human Rights — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:43 PDT

The world is increasingly aware that armed conflict brings danger of sexual violence for men and boys. Such violence—including rape, sexual torture and mutilation, castration, sexual humiliation, forced incest and forced rape, and sexual enslavement—is sharply under-represented in official statistics…

This briefing paper provides commentary and recent data on sexual violence against men and boys in conflict settings.


Mediating Conflicts with Religious Dimensions

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Dispute resolution and negotiation,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:40 PDT

Conflicts involving religious dimensions often seem more difficult to resolve due to the indivisible and non-compromising nature of religious identities and issues. Nevertheless, mediation has the potential to facilitate negotiations between conflict parties, which can lead to peaceful co-existence.


Women of Tahrir: Frustration at revolution’s failures

Filed under: Africa files,gender,Human Rights,Middle East — administrator @ 08:17 PDT

It was a photograph that shocked the world – an Egyptian military policeman beating a protester in a hijab with sticks and dragging her along the street so that her clothes were torn open. It seemed to symbolise the vulnerability of women in a society that has changed little since last year’s revolution.

Many Egyptian women felt they had few rights or protections under President Hosni Mubarak, but the sense of liberation after he fell raised many women’s hopes.

Although they were in the front line alongside men during the revolution, a year on there is a clear sense of disappointment felt by many women.

Nada Zatouna: ”I still go the the square..and will keep going there”

“Think like a Beaver” says Paul Kershaw: YMCA Hosts National Tour of Policy Dialogues on the Health of Canadian Families

Filed under: children and youth,Conferences, Events,News Watch Blog,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:10 PDT
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

VICTORIA—The YMCA kicked off a national tour of policy dialogues on the health of Canadian Families in Vancouver in December. Between now and the end of March 2012, community policy dialogues will take place at YMCA associations across the country with stops in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Simcoe-Muskoka, Cambridge, Halifax and more. These events will allow Canadians an opportunity to share their diverse perspectives about the issues facing families, and discuss how local leaders can use their voices effectively to build momentum around this important social and economic issue.

With a presence in over 1,000 communities across Canada, the Y serves a broad cross-section of Canadians, from young children to seniors. “While we champion healthy communities for all generations, over half of the people we help on a daily basis are under the age of 18—and we witness the very real struggles facing families every day,” comments Jennie Edgecombe, CEO, YMCA-YWCA Greater Victoria.

University of British Columbia Scholar Dr. Paul Kershaw, will present the recently released Family Policy Report for Canadians—Does Canada Work For All Generations?—along with province-specific findings. His research suggests that Canada has become a far more difficult place to raise a family. “The generation raising kids today is squeezed for time at home; they are squeezed for income because of the cost of housing, even when not ‘poor’; and they are squeezed for services like child care that will help them balance successfully raising a family with earning a living,” said Kershaw. (read more…)

Accountability Journalism: Reports on Water from West Africa

Filed under: Africa files,Environment,Media and Conflict — administrator @ 08:00 PDT

West Africa has some of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water in the world. Governments, private contractors, UN agencies and international non-government organizations (NGOs) have spent billions of dollars to address the problem. But success is elusive, and the challenge is only becoming more severe. Populations are growing, people are moving from farms to cities, and city planning is chaotic.

The reasons cited for failure are varied and numerous, from inadequate funds and mismanagement to corruption, lack of spare parts, no local buy-in, and weak institutions. At same time, everyone claims to have the latest and most promising solution to the challenge.

Missing from the flood tide of PR and spin are local, objective voices with international reach that can distinguish high-level rhetoric from baseless posturing and good intentions from good results.

The Pulitzer Center is partnering with journalists from four countries in West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Liberia. In mid-October two American journalists traveled to the region to report alongside them…


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