The words we use have an impact on the world around us. For people who have been trafficked and exploited for sexual purposes, such an apparently minor thing as language … Continue reading
In around 350 days’ time, the year 2015 will begin. But, erm, shouldn’t we rather still be remarking that we’ve just celebrated the start of 2014? The Millennium Development Goals … Continue reading
Should those (mostly women) who do not participate in the labor market, instead remaining at home to look after the house and raise children, receive compensation for their work?
Aid, donations and relief supplies are making their way to the parts of the Philippines most affected by the recent disaster. A conference held earlier this week in London and … Continue reading
Crystal balls, horse-drawn carts, headscarves and tarot cards. If we were playing a word-association game, what group of people would spring to mind? If your brain is leaning toward ‘gypsy’ … Continue reading
Depending on how you are dressed, you can signal your status, identity, job and a myriad other markers which help locate you in a sociopolitical context.
When the moon hits your eye like’a big pizza pie…that’s amore. Substitute “moon” for “man” and that’s amore for a significant proportion of Italian women. Exact figures on domestic violence … Continue reading
In which sector of the economy are women disproportionately (over)represented? And even though they are in the majority, still get paid less than their male counterparts? There may of course … Continue reading
When you’re married to someone you (hopefully) love, they become the center of your universe. But what happens when they die?
The South Pacific: a region of inviting sandy beaches, turquoise waters – and unacceptable levels of violence against women.
How often have you opened your wallet or purse, taken out any banknotes and then instead of spending them or paying them into your account, actually studied them?
When asked what items they never leave the house without, many people (in the West at least) would likely answer, “my mobile (cell) phone.” It would be pretty difficult for … Continue reading
Here’s a little quiz to start you off with: In which profession do women make up less than 2% of the global workforce? I’ll give you a clue and exclude … Continue reading
News reporting on India, more specifically news regarding women in India, has recently been somewhat unsettling. Horrific cases of sexual abuse (some fatal) have made their way from the Indian … Continue reading
This past month has seen some well-written policy briefs being published on NOREF’s (the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre’s) website. As the name might suggest, a major theme running through the … Continue reading
Tomorrow, March 15th, will mark the final day of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57). As mentioned in my previous post, the theme running … Continue reading
Next week, starting March 4, the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at U.N. HQ in New York. The main focus of CSW57 … Continue reading
Keeping watch over Prague, perched high on the roof of St Vitus’ Cathedral.
It may be a small cause – the World Hijab Day Facebook page has around 8,000 likes – but there’s no denying the reasoning behind the campaign: “Better Awareness. Greater … Continue reading
“Long-standing economic trends, combined with entrenched gender inequality and austerity budgets, have left girls and their families with fewer resources, lower incomes and less access to basic services, including social … Continue reading
Dear Santa, it seems some progress for women’s rights has been made in 2012 and awareness of issues disproportionately affecting women is increasing. So thanks to the little elves who’ve … Continue reading
Perhaps appropriately (as it contains ‘Black Friday’) this has been somewhat of a dark week. The Church of England decided against allowing women to become bishops, and Saudi Arabia (according … Continue reading
Last month saw the first ever Day of the Girl – now it’s time to turn round and gaze in the other direction, to an older generation: grandmothers.
Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl. So, get out a pen and mark it in your calendar for next year already!
With August coming to a close here’s something short and inspiring to remind us that unconventional approaches make a difference.
Summer 2012 will be most likely be remembered for the London Olympics, the Republicans’ awkward, gaffe-prone run-up to the US presidential election and the situation in Syria.
How will climate change impact upon US security and how far has the debate been securitized? Dr Geoffrey Dabelko, Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow … Continue reading
The opening of the 2012 Olympics in London on Friday were definitely a spectacle to behold. Perhaps the show was enough to divert attention from the gaffes and muddles reported … Continue reading
Dr Alistair Cook discusses the achievements of ASEAN, outlining recent developments in security and human rights instruments, and suggests ways in which other regional organizations may learn from ASEAN.
After some spectacular financial fireworks and a volcano that caused havoc throughout western Europe, Iceland is back to its usual position in the international system: mostly overlooked.
Dr Ali Riaz discusses how globalization and the perceived failure of the secular state are just two of the factors influencing the complex interplay of religion, democracy and government in … Continue reading
It’s an oft-repeated saying that, in the fashion world, “what goes around, comes around”. On a much grander scale, this is what has happened in the South Pacific in a … Continue reading
It’s a pretty provocative title, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, “The very best predictor of how insecure and unstable a nation is not its level of democracy, but the level … Continue reading
Despite the end of Apartheid, South Africa continues to experience xenophobia and ethnic violence.
If foreign involvement and conditions on the ground make development in West Africa fragile and uncertain, what about the security situation?
As the global order gradually changes, how is Russia adapting its geopolitical strategies? Is Moscow looking towards the West or Asia-Pacific for future strategic partnerships?
In Part I of this blog I set the scene for the challenges ahead as societies continue to travel along the demographic highway. In this second installment I look at … Continue reading
Week 2 of the Center for Security Studies’ Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management (MAS SPCM) lecture series moved from its focus on terrorism to consider … Continue reading
Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, discusses whether the Bolivarian movement in South America offers a solution to the region’s troubles or whether it has already run its course.
Whilst ‘growing up’ is admirable and desirable, ‘getting old’ is often framed in a more negative light. What words come to mind when you think about the elderly?
ETH Zurich recently hosted Block III of the Center for Security Studies’ (CSS) Master of Advanced Studies program in Security Policy and Crisis Management (SPCM).
If you have not read Mona Eltahawy’s article, “Why Do They Hate Us?” published in the new edition of Foreign Policy – go do it now.
When it comes to the Vatican, all eyes recently have been on Pope Benedict XVI’s tour to Mexico and Cuba, and the adulation that followed.
Dr Trevor Findlay of CIGI discusses the capabilities and shortcomings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
While norms and soft power are becoming more important to UN peacekeeping, enforcement remains the only way to protect those whose lives are in danger, explains Kieran Dwyer.
The month of March is one of ups and downs – we should beware the Ides but then cut loose on St Patrick’s Day; remember victims of slavery and detained/missing … Continue reading
In today’s podcast, the Observer Research Foundation’s Deba Mohanty discusses economic development and its importance to India’s defense sector.
Ian Johnson, Secretary General of the Club of Rome, discusses the unwanted side-effects of development and highlights possibilities for change.