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Women in Afghanistan: a story of hope and despair

Women in Afghanistan: a story of hope and despair
Ahmad Shariq

Ahmad Shariq

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ahmad Shariq holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore University, India and is currently in his second year of the Public Policy Masters program at ADA University, Azerbaijan. He is interested in environmental policies, green solutions to different environmental issues and sustainable development of natural resources.
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Author: Ahmad Shariq After fourteen years of struggle for democracy and women’s rights in war-torn Afghanistan, with support of international community, Afghan women are still subject to physical, sexual and mental abuses. In March 2015, 27 year old Farkhunda Malikzada was brutally beaten and killed in the capital Kabul by a mob who accused her […]

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Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry: a labor or migration question?

Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry: a labor or migration question?
Camila Azavedo

Camila Azavedo

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Camila Azevedo is a Brazilian/Portuguese graduate with extensive international experience. Currently based in Sweden, she has also lived in Brazil, Norway, England and Jamaica. Camila holds a Master of Science degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Media and Communication Studies from Santos Catholic University, Brazil. Camila has four years of professional experience in program management support, communications, research, marketing and education. Originally a journalist, Camila is interested in the intersection of communications and development, especially concerning policy, communications, research and advocacy services. Her main research interests include agrarian and environmental issues, forced labor, inequality, corporate accountability and migration. Camila’s fieldwork-based master’s thesis deals with the question of access to land in Southern Brazil and the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), the largest peasant movement in Latin America. It has been nominated for the Hydén Award for best thesis in socioeconomic and political issues in developing countries by Lund University, Sweden.
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Author: Camila Azavedo As told by the paper, these abuses configure, in some cases, instances of human trafficking, “a form of modern slavery in the UK and Ireland […] that involves the movement of people for exploitation”. The story has generated some public outcry and the Irish government has decided to issue a number of […]

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What’s in a name? Beyond the forcibly disappeared in international jargon

What’s in a name? Beyond the forcibly disappeared in international jargon
Bert Segier

Bert Segier

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Bert R.G. Segier holds a Master degree in History and a Minor degree in Political Science. Professionally, Bert worked as a Political Adviser to a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in Brussels, as a Head of Cabinet of a Regional Government in Bruges and as a Communications Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in Stockholm. After a brief experience at the Consulate-General of Belgium in London, he took the opportunity to work for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), The Hague, initially as Consultant and currently as Projects Officer. Bert has been politically active on different levels. He focuses on international affairs, human rights and the rule of law. He enjoys history and moral philosophy. Bert is a correspondent for the Belgian-American newspaper the Gazette van Detroit and strongly supports the work of the NGO Eyes for the World. Twitter: @bgravitas; LinkedIn:
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Author: Bert Segier On 20 December 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, following the 1992 Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as a body of principles for States. The International Convention states that a ‘forced disappearance’ qualifies as a […]

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Harm reduction programs as a pathway to HIV-free Europe

Harm reduction programs as a pathway to HIV-free Europe

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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Data shows that Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region where HIV infections are on rise among injection drug users. Author: Radoš Keravica United Nation’s joint program on HIV/AIDS has set the goal to reach “90-90-90 targets by 2020 and 95-95-95 by 2030”. The 90-90-90 stands for “90% of people living with […]

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“Civic death” penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

"Civic death" penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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Autonomous decision making is still an elusive dream for a large number of Europeans with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities who are placed under guardianship. These people experience “civic death” as they can not make their life choices, get married, sign employment contracts, inherit and manage property, vote or choose the place of living. Author: Radoš […]

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Achieving the Necessary

Achieving the Necessary

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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In our culture, partly due to deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, it is still somewhat difficult to associate “power” roles with women. These stereotypes extend beyond image to performance, convincing us that men are more capable than women. Author: Sanja Sontor A father and a son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly. The […]

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People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in employment rates for persons with and without disabilities across the EU[1]. This is 30 percentage points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75%[2] employment for persons with disabilities. Author: Rados Keravica Instead of being passive recipients of social benefits and objects of […]

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EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews is a writer and researcher with two Masters degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, with specializations in the MENA region and in statistical analysis. He has a number of published articles, and has worked with international organizations in Palestine, Brussels, Iraq and London. He is particularly interested in how statistical techniques can help us understand and analyze public policy and political action.
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The start of 2015 has already seen acts of terror being perpetrated on European soil, reminding us that the threat of terror remains strong. However, the response of the EU and its member states is inadequate. Author: Sam Andrews Despite the evolving nature of terrorism in the new millennium, the strategy of Europe has remained […]

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