Feminism & Gender

Violence against women in Turkey: "Looking where others look away"

Interview

Up to five women are murdered every day in Turkey. Photographer Emine Akbaba collected evidence videos and took photos of the sites of crime. As for herself, she says that she is no longer sure how to come to terms with everything she has seen.

By Valerie-Siba Rousparast

“Proof that history can be changed”

Interview

For decades, Russian civil rights activist, historian, and German scholar Irina Scherbakova has been working to shed light on the repressive policies of the former Soviet Union. This Monday, she was awarded the Goethe Medal.

By Simone Brunner

Video

Gender equity is vital to social development and peaceful cohabitation, to reducing violence and to achieving economic prosperity. Poverty can only be lastingly combated and human rights enforced if women are granted extensive equal access to education, public offices and powerful positions. This recognition formed the basis for the Beijing Platform for Action as far back as 20 years ago for which a strong international women’s movement had fought and which was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. It was considered back then – and is still considered today – to mark a milestone in the entrenching of women’s and human rights worldwide and was recognized by 191 member states of the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women's (CSW) 2015 review of how these demands were implemented demonstrates, how urgent and globally relevant the issues of the Beijing Platform for Action remain.

More information can be found in our detailed Dossier on Beijing +20.

Publications

The Contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Advancing Women’s Political Participation and Effectiveness: A Case of the Mon Women Movement in Myanmar

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The Contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Advancing Women’s Political Participation and Effectiveness:  
Following decades of military dictatorship which denied Myanmar the benefits of an inclusive democracy, the new government continues to fall short: Women remain underrepresented. This paper focusses on the contribution of a growing CSO-led women’s movement to political participation and effectiveness, and highlights opportunities to maximize such efforts.

Perspectives Asia: Politics of Food

Food is a highly political issue. Nowhere is this more true than in Asia. This publication seeks to illustrate some conflicting issues in the field of food and nutrition. The contributions highlight a selection of fields, where political action is needed to ensure that there is enough food on people's plate, which is also healthy and nutritious.

All Publications on "Democracy"

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"It became my mission to locate women's voices"

Interview

Urvashi Butalia is one of India’s foremost feminists. On the occasion of her receiving Germany’s Goethe Medal on August 28, 2017 in Weimar, we have talked to her about her work as a publisher, feminism, writing and politics in India.

By Axel Harneit-Sievers

Food discrimination against women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been described as the world’s most dangerous country for women. Violence against women (VAW) takes many forms, and has complex and deep roots in the patriarchal culture of the Afghan society. One form of VAW is denying them access to food.

By Weeda Mehran

Russian faux family values: Domestic violence decriminalized in Russia

Russia is known as a country with a high level of domestic violence. There is no official statistics available, while NGOs concerned with this issue face serious challenges. And now, the Russian legal system has de facto removed an essential protective barrier between assailant and his prey.

By Dr. Irina Kosterina

Feminism & Gender

We aim to politicise gender issues, pool our efforts, expand existing networks and build new ones, and we are trying to illuminate differences as well as shared points of view in all areas of theory and practice. To achieve this we promote policy programmes in all parts of the world and we have created the Gunda Werner Institute for Feminism and Gender Democracy. The Institute’s website presents analyses, publications, a calendar of events, and information regarding activism and gender training programmes.

Events

Nov 20
Book Launch & Discussion with Farah Abdullahi Abdi
Berlin
Dec 08
Alternative Energy Scenarios for Ukraine, Belarus and the Case for Energy Cooperatives in the Region
Berlin
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