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by AGORA moderator
23 May 2016

Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue to face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision-making and society at large. On a global scale, discrimination is most evident in laws and penal codes related to violence against women, and their marital, personal and economic status. Despite ratification of numerous international...

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by AGORA moderator
18 May 2016

European companies should be required by law to establish the origin of the minerals they use in their products to put an end to the trade in gold, tin and other minerals mined in conflict zones, a leading expert said on Tuesday. Campaigners have long raised concerns that proceeds from mining many of the minerals used in electronics are used to finance warring parties and prolong conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere.

To...

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by AGORA moderator
17 May 2016

We tend not to worry when things are going well.

If people can take care of their daily business and send their kids to school without fear of violence, resolve disputes through a functioning justice system when the need arises, express their views both in private discussions and in public processes, feel they can truly contribute to decisions that affect their lives, and know effective institutions are in place to deliver basic services to their families and communities without...

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by AGORA moderator
17 May 2016

The Media Centre of ARP: a new era in the relationship between journalists and deputies in Tunisia

Assembly of the Representatives of People, Tunis, Friday, 13 May, 2016, 10:30 am: The Media Centre of the Assembly of the Representatives of People was inaugurated by the President of ARP, H.E. Mohamed Ennaceur and UNDP Resident Representative in Tunis, Mounir Tabet, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Susumu Hasagawa, representatives of Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, the...

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by AGORA moderator
16 May 2016

Scotland’s track record on LGBT in education presents some sobering statistics.  Recent reports indicate that 54% of LGBTI pupils do not feel part of their school communities, with 71% regularly skipping school. 54% of those who experience direct homophobic bullying are self-harming and a shocking 26% of them have attempted suicide. 

Riding a wave of political activism in the wake of the 2014 Scottish referendum, Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson launched the ...

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by AGORA moderator
10 May 2016

On 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. And...

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by AGORA moderator
10 May 2016

In December 2010, demonstrations broke out in Tunisia demanding the resignation of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, led by President Ben Ali. The demonstrations were triggered by the widespread corruption, lack of freedoms, and poor living conditions in the country.

A year after the revolution, a constituent assembly was elected to draft a new constitution, which was adopted in early 2014. On October 26, 2014, Tunisians voted to elect their first post-transitional...

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by AGORA moderator
6 May 2016
Iran’s tenth parliament will begin its term in June boasting many firsts, including the highest number of female parliamentarians. In Iran’s first round of parliamentary elections, 14 female MPs were elected, and, according to the results of Iran’s run-off parliamentary elections held on April 29, an additional four women have been elected as MPs.
 
However, the exact number of female MPs serving in Iran’s...
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by AGORA moderator
4 May 2016

On Saturday, hundreds of supporters of an influential Iraqi Shia cleric busted into the Green Zone, the heavily fortified area in the center of Baghdad that's home to Iraq's main government buildings and is normally off-limits to ordinary Iraqis, to demand a major cabinet reshuffle. Among them was Abbas Jabbar Halachi, who stormed Iraq's Parliament building along with a number of other protesters.

But when Halachi first got into Parliament, he...

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by AGORA moderator
29 April 2016

(Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commented today on the Private Member’s Bill put forward by Roméo Saganash, NDP Member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou (QC), C-262 - An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“The AFN...

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