“If you want to see how 100% renewable energy has been put into practice in the field, please take a look yourself in my village in Sumba, Indonesia. Everyone who comes today is welcome”, said Umbu Janji. He made his invitation to the appreciative laughter and applause of participants at the international conference “100% Renewable Energy for 1.5 Degrees” at COP22 in Morocco, last week.
Latin America is suffering from an epidemic. It seems very contagious, but it does not affect the entire population equally. Neither water nor air borne - it is basically unpredictable. We are talking about violence against women, a widespread problem that is not new, but only very recently becoming visible.
The 31st of October was not a particularly good day for Lebanese women. An overhead visual of the Lebanese parliament reminded us of the stark reality that we have only 4 women MPs, that’s 3 % of the total number of MPs, one of the lowest percentages in the world.
After years of intense debates, the Human Rights Council adopted the historical resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”, including the mandate to appoint an Independent Expert. This represents a huge breakthrough in the struggle for human rights for all groups.
As coordinator of the Stop Child Labour coalition, Hivos signed a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector Covenant today together with 55 businesses, their trade organisations, the Dutch government and several other NGOs (see press release in right sidebar). The parties have agreed to work together to prevent discrimination, child labour and forced labour in their garment and textile manufacturing facilities in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey.