Tag: human rights

Human Rights are not a Game: Azerbaijan’s Leyla Yunus

As the close of the European Games on June 28 draws near, the question What will happen to Leyla Yunus remains. Yunus is one of the many human rights defenders and activists detained and imprisoned in Azerbaijan in advance of Baku 2015.

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What Makes a Hoosier?

by Kelley Calvert – USA – Hoosiers are a proud lot even if we cannot always explain where the term came from. Most people lose interest anyway, right after asking, “Where exactly is Indiana again?” They do not know that

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Syrian Mothers on Their Own: “We Are All the Same, Confronting Death and Our Destiny”

by Riham Alkousaa -Germany- Fadia Al-Khatib, a mother of five, came to Germany by herself. The 44-year-old Syrian woman and her husband decided that she would seek asylum first and then apply to bring her family over. Hundreds of Syrian

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Mobilizing Religious Leaders to Combat Violence against Women in Turkey

by Meltem Ağduk and Nükhet Kardam – Turkey – Violence against Women (VAW) is a violation of human rights rooted in inequality between women and men. Resistance to combating VAW in many Muslim majority countries is ingrained in both the

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Afghan, Pakistani and Indian Women Pressure Afghan Government in Advance of Election

by Aditi Bhaduri -India- April 2014! It hangs like a Damocles’ sword over the Indian sub-continent. While Afghans may be the  immediate beneficiaries, the ramifications of what April 2014 denotes will be felt far and wide – in Pakistan, India,

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Sex Workers in India Move from Stigma to Empowerment

by Urmila Chanam -India- “I believe we still have not reached the last sex worker and we will walk until we reach her.” – Ashodaya Samithi member, Mysore, India. In 2004, a handful of women visited Sonagachi in Kolkatta’s Shobha

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The Plight of the Foreign Domestic Worker in Singapore

by Melissa Dalton-Bradford -Switzerland- She’s Indonesian, in her thirties, and works in Singapore to sustain her family back at home – her children from a failed marriage, her mother, and her siblings. To keep a thatched roof over everyone’s heads,

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South Africa: Fight to Conserve Historical Traditions Encroaches on Women’s Rights

by Michelle Leung -South Africa- “Who are we as Africans?” Mazibuko Jara, a human rights activist, posed this question to the attendees of a dialogue held on May 16, 2013 discussing a controversial bill seeking to legitimize a traditional court

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Call Me Kuchu – Empowering Uganda’s LGBT Activists

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts & Culture Editor When I learned the principal character in the film Call Me Kuchu is the slain human rights activist David Kato, I felt a sense of relief. Stories come and go in the

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The Chilean Student Movement: Overcoming a History of Political Repression

by Cassandra S. Stedham -Editorial Intern- There is a certain aura that hangs thick and heavy in the Chilean air. I feel it as soon as I step off the airplane and during my taxi ride through the metropolis of

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