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There is something –missing– about Brazil: Women, social protest and massive sports events

There is something –missing– about Brazil: Women, social protest and massive sports events
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Mega-events, like the World cup held in 2014, may have caused many disruptive effects in Brazil, but they also gave momentum to local grassroots organizations to establish local, national and transnational networks. The potential of these social movements should not be omitted. The Sem Teto and Sem Terra Workers Movement, the housing movements (UMM), the […]

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Relearning democracy: At the crossroads of Spanish elections

Relearning democracy: At the crossroads of Spanish elections
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Back to the beginning Let us go back to that 2011 May afternoon when hundreds of thousands of people marched in all the main cities of Spain. It seemed that the simple but reasonable claim of the 15-M platform: REAL DEMOCRACY NOW, had found an open ear among the Spanish population. Why? The key to […]

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No more waiting: Europe must ratify the Istanbul Convention

No more waiting: Europe must ratify the Istanbul Convention
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Author: Irene Zugasti What is the Istanbul Convention? The Convention came after years of debate inside the Council of Europe to move towards a strong instrument on violence against women, embodied by an Ad Hoc Committee created in 2009 for this purpose. It was powered by the growing body of case law of the European […]

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To Welcome or not to Welcome: what civil society does for Refugees?

To Welcome or not to Welcome: what civil society does for Refugees?
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Author: Irene Zugasti The word “refugee” was googled around 27 million times during 2015. Google’s report “A Year in Search”, reflects that migration events inspired trillions of questions worldwide. At the top of questions trends was “What happened to Aylan Kurdi?” the kurdish child dead in Turkey’s shoreline. The top question on ‘migration’ in Italy […]

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Crossing the invisible borders: Violence against Refugee Women

Crossing the invisible borders:  Violence against Refugee Women
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Author: Irene Zugasti Köln attacks, approached through the dichotomy between western victims and foreign perpetrators, have served to stoke up again the heated debate over refugee policies in Germany and in whole Europe. Meanwhile, refugee women remain silent, invisible, minimized. However, they well know how sexual violence –among many others forms of violence against women- […]

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