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29 November 2017
28 November 2017 – Family farmers need more support and access to food, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency has said, urging lawmakers to consider legislation that improves productivity and boosts social protections to tackle the global hunger challenge which, he warned, is at an “inflection point.”
 
“The main cause of hunger nowadays is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to it...
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by AGORA moderator
28 November 2017

The current focus on the shortcomings of the IEC risks overshadowing the bigger problems of electoral representation.

Currently, all eyes are on the Afghan government as to whether or not it will be able to deliver on its promise of providing free and fair parliamentary and district elections, currently scheduled for July 7, 2018. This past week has been a turbulent period, with President Ashraf Ghani sacking the chairman of the influential Independent Elections...
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by AGORA moderator
30 November 2017
Violence against women and girls constitutes a violation of human rights which has devastating, physical, psychological, including health related consequences on its victims. Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriages, stalking, online harassment, sexual abuse are all forms of gender-based violence that are committed against women because they are women.
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by AGORA moderator
23 November 2017
(OPINION - By Donah Mbabazi)
It is a story of hope and perseverance for Chantal Uwanyirigira and her colleagues. However, the bigger story is not about the success they have achieved, but how they started out. It is a story of how they were given a shoulder to lean on and see far beyond their dream.
 
It is a similar story for Eugenie Mukabaziga, a gender-based violence survivor who was rescued from a life of abuse...
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by AGORA moderator
21 November 2017
A grouping of several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) calling itself Civil Society Platform on Electoral Reforms says the manner in which the process on the proposed electoral reform bill is being handled is not fair and just to Malawians.
 
The sentiments are contained in a joint statement signed by nine representatives of these CSOs stating that the public which parliament represents was not well consulted on the matter.
 
Some notable...
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by AGORA moderator
17 November 2017
In most countries, national parliaments are responsible for the ratification of all international treaties, for the latter to take effect. The Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is no exception. CEDAW was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and it has been ratified by 187 countries. Commonly described as an international bill of rights for women, it consists of a preamble and 30 articles, which...
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by AGORA moderator
17 November 2017
On 7 November, a cross-party event took place at the European Parliament, in Brussels under the theme: “Democracy in the age of algorithms”. The event was inspired by the background research for the science fiction novel “Disco Sour” about Europe, democracy and algorithm, conducted by Giuseppe Porcaro. 
 
The background research was based on the growing public interest in artificial intelligence and its impact in policy and decision making. Artificial intelligence is...
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by AGORA moderator
16 November 2017

The political lens is zooming in on Sierra Leone as the country is poised to hold its next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2018. As political debates intensify, a new document launched by civil society is seen as new hope for democracy and peace. Abdul Brima examines its priority areas.

The political atmosphere is heating up in Sierra Leone as the two leading parties, the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples’...
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by AGORA moderator
14 November 2017

As part of their one-year tenure, 100 national youth parliamentarians will be assigned to constituencies from which they are tasked with conceptualising and executing community-service project.

 
The project to be partially funded by the Government will also see the cohort of youngsters working alongside serving members of parliament.
 
This particular reform of the National Youth Parliament, according to...
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by AGORA moderator
14 November 2017
A week after the start of the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, the thorniest issue has come to the fore during the day dedicated to climate finance. EURACTIV France reports.
 
Organised by the Fiji islands and hosted by Germany, COP23 is expected to highlight adaptation solutions for countries that are the most vulnerable to storms and sea level rise.
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