Monthly Archives: October, 2012

The Global Gender Gap Report 2012

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World Social Forum in Tunisn| Police brutality in Egypt | World Food Less Day I

Issue 108 – October 26, 2012

The process towards the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis kicked off


The World Social Forum 2013 (WSF 2013) will take place in Tunis from the 26th to the 30th March. Its website was launched on 15th October, and that kicked off the registration process for organizations and for proposals of activities. In the Tunisian Secretariat members of the WSF 2013 are listed the two focal point of Social Watch in that country:  the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) and the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).
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Egypt: Police brutality continues, according to human rights groups
Reforming the Interior Ministry is not one of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy’s priorities, which allows police to continue attacking citizens with excessive force, according to 24 Egyptian human rights organizations, among them the Arab Penal Reform Organization, the Human Rights Association for the Assistance of the Prisoners, and the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (national focal point of Social Watch).
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South Korea: Big firms still favor ex-officials as outside directors
Affiliates of South Korea’s top 10 conglomerates still prefer former government officials and ex-policymakers as outside directors, reported Yonhap news agency. The Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ, national focal point of Social Watch), says that “enhancing independence will reduce the chance of these posts being used for lobbying since companies will not be as able to influence outside directors as they could in the past.”
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African governments urged to harness natural resources
Participation of relevant stakeholders, including communities at grassroots levels, will help ensure good management of natural resources in African nations, for economic growth and benefit of citizens, according to participants at the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, among them the coordinator of Third World Network-Africa (TWN-A), Yao Graham. The conference was held this week in Addis Ababa, ahead of the 8th African Development Forum.
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Bangladesh: Civil society organizations observed “World Food Less Day”
Seventeen civil society organization headed by EquityBD along with the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) carried out a human chain in Dhaka observing 16th October as World Food Less Day, the same date the United Nations proclaims as the World Food Day, to raise the voice on behalf the hungry people.
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Maronite clergy unleashes unprecedented public attack on what they refer to as “the gender concept”

We have followed with great interest the proceedings of the meeting convened by the Maronite clergy to discuss

the imminent dangers caused by what they refer to as “the gender concept”.  The conveners warned against the perpetrators of such concept which is likely to “break families and stir people away from all that is natural”.

Whilst this seems to be in total harmony with the wave of increased conservatism, anti-women mindsets and blatant intolerance vis-a-vis any form of diversity exhibited both in the Arab region as well as globally, we nevertheless raise the question as to why the clergy should feel threatened or even worried by universal principle of human rights such as the indivisibility, undeniability and universality of rights.  The meeting seems to warn against the fundamental and universal principle of equality amongst women and men.

Amidst these increasing waves of conservatism and fundamentalism and given the threat that social change causes to conservative institutions, we call on human and women rights defenders to stand up to conservatism and rigid and intolerant beliefs, uphold the universality and indivisibility of rights and ascertain that, as proven the world over, there is no social justice without gender equality.

P.S. Information about this meeting is available on:المطران-مطر-القيم-التي-تروج-لها-نظرية-الجندر-تؤدي