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Gender Equality, Development and Peace: A 20-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Africa (Beijing+20)

Anna XoyaneThe year 2014/15 marks the fourth regional and global review of the implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) on gender equality, development and peace. As the UN gender equality entity, UN Women, in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), is carrying out the mandate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), UN Economic and Social Council (UNESC) and the 57th session of the Commission on the Status for Women (CSW) to review the progress made by the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) on women since its implementation i.e. 20 years ago.


Women’s Rights are also Human Rights: Orange Your Neighbourhood and UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Anna XoyaneThe UN Human Rights entities have noted that violence against women and girls has become a global crisis and an obstacle to development, and therefore critical attention of policy makers and global actors is needed. Over the past two decades, the commemoration of human rights day continued to draw international attention to violence against women and children as a violation of their human rights and an obstruction to the aspirations stipulated in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Hence the annual international observation of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November -10 December, were popularized.


How big is the room for ASEAN in Indonesia’s foreign policy under Jokowi?

dlaminiThis year 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will formally become an Economic Community. This will place an added burden to bigger ASEAN powers to champion stronger regional integration, but with a new and inward-looking president, Joko Widodo known as Jokowi, it is not clear if Indonesia will play this role.


The Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit: Twelve Years of Approximation

Wayne JumatOn the 7th December 2014, twelve years after the first Cuba-CARICOM Summit, the 118th anniversary of the death of Antonio Maceo, the Cuban Independence leader was observed at the Cacahual Monument by leaders from Caribbean states on the eve of the Fifth Summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which took place in Havana, on the 8th December 2014. The remains of the independence hero lay together with the remains of Francisco Gómez Toro "Panchito," battle partner of Maceo, who also died on December 7, 1898.


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