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Climate Change: When Fiction Becomes Reality
By Gabriela De Cicco

The classic speculative fiction story, "The Long Rain" by Ray Bradbury, tells the story of astronauts who visit the planet Venus, where it is always raining and a few special domes provide a place for people to rest and recover. The crew members desperately travel from one shelter to another to find that they have all been completely destroyed and no longer provide protection. One by one they die or go insane under the bombardment of the rain. more...

Anti-globalist Movement
By Darko Panich

Anti-globalist movement takes tradition and belongs to the new social movements. Unlike other new social movements, it is not one issue movement. It is comprised of many organizations and many themes: civil rights, labour, feminist, peace, anarhist...The movement is reaction on emergence of neoliberal logic and dying of welfare state. (IN SERBIAN) more...

The 2007 World Social Forum
By Kathambi Kinoti, AWID

The seventh annual World Social Forum (WSF) ended in Nairobi, Kenya with thousands of delegates marching from the city's Korogocho slums to Uhuru Park. This year's Forum drew together an estimated 60,000 participants from all over the world and was said to be the 'most international' of the forums, partly because African delegates were able to attend in large numbers because of this year's location. more...

Importing marginalization? Gender, work and globalization: Sri Lankan experience
By Sriyani Mangalika Meewalaarachchi

Globalization, with regulation of economies, has the potential to be a powerful contributor to gender equality, as a creator of new economic opportunities for women. However, these positive effects are still only potential and need to be unleashed. Therefore there is much controversy surrounding the actual impact of globalization, particularly in terms of gender equity. more...

Women and Economic Changes, 2000-2005
By Mirjana Dokmanovic

While the other so-called transition countries in the CEE and NIS have started building market economy immidiately after the fall of the Berlin wall, the economic transition in Serbia is late. The reasons are many-sided, and lag behind the process of ‘guided non-development’ during 1980s… (IN SERBIAN) more...

An international democracy movement
By Kathambi Kinoti, AWID

The majority of the world community recognizes democracy, with all its flaws and loopholes, as the best form of governance. Democracy and human rights are intertwined, and patriarchy cannot coexist with democracy. more...

The Architect and Engine of Neoliberal Globalization
What is the G8 and why should civil society engage with it?
By Kathambi Kinoti, AWID

The “Group of Eight” otherwise known as the G8 is a forum of the leaders of eight of the richest and most powerful nations in the world - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. They meet annually to discuss global economic and political issues. more...

The Mexico 2006 Know How Declaration
“Weaving the Information Society; A Gender and Multicultural Perspective”
August 23-25, 2006

We, the Know How community, (…) are dedicated to the creation and dissemination of information and new knowledge for the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender justice. Our goal is to advance gender justice and respect for every nation’s cultural diversity within the information society, and to promote access to information and communication as a fundamental women’s and human right. more...

Globalization, Poverty and Food Security: The Linkages of Gender Inequality and Agricultural Growth in Africa: Conceptual and Empirical Issues
By Bola O Akanji

This paper draws on the extensive but mixed discussions around the concepts of globalization and liberalization with a view to exploring their linkages with gender inequality and economic growth in the specific context of developing countries of Africa. more...

The G8 Summit 2006 and global economic justice
By Kathambi Kinoti, AWID

The richest countries set the economic policies that govern the world. Can women look to this year's pledges by the Group of Eight to facilitate economic justice? more...

World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution Tying Public Health To Trade Policy

The World Health Assembly on 27 May 2006 adopted a resolution that urges member states to improve coordination at the national level between international trade and public health, requesting the World Health Organization (WHO) to help its member states to do this. It also calls on countries to consider new laws and policies to address negative impacts on public health from trade policies, as well as potential opportunities. more...

The Western Balkans – from “the leopard skin” to European Union
By Ilija J. Jombic

The situation in the Western Balkans is the result of the so-called “leopard skin” politics of the international community. The consequences of this politics are a great number of small states with significant national identity, among those there are still problems due to undefined mutual borders, and all of them lagg behind the realization of the market and democratic reforms. (IN SERBIAN) more...