Women in Palestine face serious challenges to gender equality, and many fear rape, domestic violence, economic uncertainty, and discrimination. The Ma’an Network, an independent, non-profit media organization, is aiming to address these issues by airing television programs that teach the general public, raise awareness about violence against women, and create behaviour change.
For much of my life, International Women’s Day has been an honourable but distant commemoration. The UN established the day in 1975 to promote women’s rights globally, but from my comfortable Canadian vantage point the problems facing women in the rest of world lacked the substance of reality.
The second annual Zero Discrimination Day fights to remove stigma and prejudice for any reason, including race, gender, age, sex, and health status. This year’s event focuses on eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS to make it easier for them to seek fast and effective treatment.
According to a recent study by the CATO Institute, cell phones can be used to document land ownership through a form of consensus community mapping that, if strong enough, could serve as proof weighty enough to force governments to formally and legally recognize the property rights of millions of displaced persons in the Global South.
To celebrate International Mother Language Day, we look at Never Alone, a new video game featuring the language and traditional stories of the northern Iñupiat people. Tribal elders relate important stories that are beautifully illustrated into an interactive journey.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 February the World Day of Social Justice. Member states were invited to devote the day to promoting national activities to eradicate poverty, support full employment and decent work, gender equity and universal access to social well-being and justice.
Radio – not internet or television – hits the widest audience in the world. It is a low cost yet powerful communication medium, capable of reaching even the most remote, isolated and vulnerable people. It has infiltrated closed societies, like the USSR and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and subverted governments that limit freedom of information as a means of preserving their power. In the case of North Korea, radio is the only non-regime source of real-time information and news available across the whole country.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) — also referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision — is widely consider to be a human rights violation against girls and women, and the rights of children, as it is often carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of their infancy and fifteen.
The Sphere Project partnered with the Cartoon Movement, through support with the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), to make cartoon illustrations of their six key humanitarian standards.
Bees have been domesticated for thousands of years in one fashion or other. Their honey provides us with a bounty of nutrients and sugars that are hard to find in such abundance elsewhere in nature. Their service as pollinators is one of the most beneficial contributions that any species makes to the survival of the human race. These assets …