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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

A few days into his presidency Donald Trump, like his Republican predecessors before him, reinstated the infamous Global Gag Rule. In its more than 30 years of on-and-off existence, this rule has severely affected organisations working with sexual and reproductive health services in countries all over the world. It was during …

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Rojava: The Distant Project of a Kurdish Autonomous State

With the escalation of the Islamic State insurgency in Syria, the Kurds in the country’s north have been, to say the least, an important asset in the war against the terrorist organization. With the help of coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters have retaken significant portions of northern Syria from IS, together …

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The most powerful diplomat of the world – Will an Eastern European Woman be the next UN Secretary General?

The upcoming elections in the United States are covered by the media in great detail, but there is another election to watch – that of the Secretary General of the United Nations. The current office holder, Ban Ki-moon, is in office until 31 December 2016. Although no specific date has …

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Can beer stop human trafficking? An interview with Ulf Stenerhag, CEO and founder of Not For Sale Ale

“Having a product that is basically in some way bad, can actually move into the areas of bad activities and promote the issue.” Says Ulf Stenerhag founder and CEO of Not For Sale Ale in an interview with Utrikesperspektiv.se. Not For Sale Ale aims to create a world where No …

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Fighting for your rights: the varying successes of 21st century culture wars

On the surface, the abortion rights and gay rights movements have some clear similarities. They’re pet progressive causes with a clearly identified constituency – women and the LGBT+ community, respectively. But while they’re often both labeled “culture wars”, and have both supporters and opponents in common, their struggles have been …

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Human Rights in Iran: Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi Visits Lund

It seems to be the perpetual dilemma for activists: stay and risk untold dangers by the regime or flee their repressive governments and leave their constituents behind. Few get the chance to choose. Such was the case with Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel peace laureate forced out of Iran in …

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Gone with the war: exploitation of women in conflict

For most, it is a well-known fact that human trafficking is big business; after illegal drugs and arms trafficking, it is believed to be the third largest international criminal industry, generating approximately 32 billion USD in profit each year. The reasons for this industry are many: poverty, gender-based violence, inadequate …

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To Ask More Questions: A Doctor’s Role in Preventing Domestic Violence

“I kept, you know, disassociating myself from domestic violence… But you know after receiving the pamphlets and reading certain things, I was thinking, I’ve experienced this.”  What can be done for women, like the one quoted here, who experience consistent intimate partner violence and don’t dare to ask for help? …

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Ireland’s Abortion Problem: “It’s a Catholic Thing”

A Dublin protest after Savita’s death. Photo: Infomatique on Flickr.When a pregnant 31-year-old named Savita Halappanavar was suffering from severe pain, her husband, Praveen, rushed her to Galway University Hospital, Ireland. After being sent home following an initial examination, Savita returned to the emergency room a few hours later. At …

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Justice for India’s Women: A Long and Dangerous Road

Protesters have come out in force to demonstrate against India’s treatment of its women. Source: wikimedia commonsA series of recent high-profile rape cases has drawn international attention to the widespread problem of sexual violence faced by India’s women. A rape is recorded every 21 minutes, with many thousands more unreported. …

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