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    “We Women Want to Be Heard”

    28 Oct 2011

    "At the start I felt alone," says Fátima Hernández.
    Credit:Eva Carroll/IPS

    Eva Carroll interviews activist FÁTIMA HERNÁNDEZ

    MANAGUA, Oct 25, 2011 (IPS) – Fátima Hernández, a young Nicaraguan rape victim who has become a symbol in her country in her fight for justice, is now working to help women in a similar situation, and preparing to take her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. More »

    Tackling Human Rights in Iran Is “Like a Minefield”

    28 Oct 2011

    Elise Auerbach, Iran country specialist for Amnesty International USA
    Credit: Colin Trenbeath/Single Arrow Productions

    Christian Papesch interviews ELISE AUERBACH, Iran country specialist for Amnesty International USA

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has one of the most desperate human rights situations in the world. More »

    Redesigning Urban Landscapes with People at the Centre

    28 Oct 2011

    Natália Garcia, Brazilian journalist and founder of Cidades para Pessoas
    Credit: Courtesy of Natália Garcia

    José Domingo Guariglia interviews NATÁLIA GARCIA, creator of the project Cidades para Pessoas

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) – In May 2011, Brazilian journalist Natália Garcia decided to spend one year travelling to different cities around the world to better understand how to make urban landscapes more liveable for inhabitants. More »

    Africa’s Legislated Civil Society Crackdown

    28 Oct 2011

    Ingrid Srinath, secretary general of the global civil society network, CIVICUS.
    Credit:Laura Lopez Gonzalez/IPS

    Laura Lopez Gonzalez interviews CIVICUS secretary general, INGRID SRINATH

    MONTREAL, Canada , Sep 30, 2011 (IPS) – Assassinations, intimidation and disappearances were the manifestations of civil society repression in Africa, but this may be changing as the crackdown on civil society is becoming more formally accepted and increasingly “by the book”, according to Ingrid Srinath, secretary general of the global civil society network, CIVICUS. More »

    “Things Are Bound to Change in China”

    28 Oct 2011

    Rebiya Kadeer
    Credit:Courtesy of the Uyghur American Association

    José Domingo Guariglia interviews advocate for the Uyghur people, REBIYA KADEER

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19, 2011 (IPS) – Before 1999, she was best known as the richest woman in China. Her business empire included a trading firm, real estate investments and a department store, putting her among the top 10 wealthiest individuals in the Asian nation. More »

    “Democracies Must Ensure Fair Gender Redistribution of Resources”

    28 Oct 2011

    Raquel Coello, expert on gender responsive budgeting.
    Credit:Courtesy Raquel Coello

    Marcela Valente interviews RAQUEL COELLO, adviser to U.N. Women

    BUENOS AIRES, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – No matter how progressive laws to promote equality between men and women may be, without budgets with a gender perspective that allocate resources differentially, inequality will persist in Latin America. More »

    “We Have to Find a Way to Communicate”

    28 Oct 2011

    Mariane Pearl
    Credit:Courtesy of Mariane Pearl

    José Domingo Guariglia interviews journalist and women’s rights advocate MARIANE PEARL

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 10, 2011 (IPS) – “The anger that rushes through me goes well beyond the hellish night I’ve just lived through. In a flash, I feel a terrible bond not only with the victims of September 11th but also with the kids brainwashed to become instruments of death in the name of an invented Islam,” Mariane Pearl wrote in her 2003 book “A Mighty Heart”. More »

    “Former Genocidaires Still Wandering Free”

    28 Oct 2011

    Odette Kayirere
    Credit:Courtesy of Slice Communications/AVEGA Agahozo

    José Domingo Guariglia interviews ODETTE KAYIRERE , Executive Secretary of AVEGA Agahozo

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 1, 2011 (IPS) – The year 1994 was marked by blood. Between April and June, more than 800,000 Rwandans were killed in 100 days, in a terrible genocide that followed the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and the explosion of racial tensions between the country’s two major ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis. More »

    “Put Yourself in Our Shoes, Mr. President”

    28 Oct 2011

    Irene Ramírez
    Credit:Constanza Vieira/IPS

    Constanza Vieira interviews Colombian rural activist IRENE RAMÍREZ

    BARRANCABERMEJA, Colombia, Aug 19, 2011 (IPS) – “I repeat: there will be no peace talks without concrete actions. Words are not enough,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on a visit to Argentina this week. Earlier, in Chile, he said for the first time since taking office a year ago that he was “willing” to eventually sit down to talks with the guerrillas. More »