SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 40 - June 10, 2011

Issue 40 - June 10, 2011

Afro women demand commitment against double discrimination in Cali

Lena Mbaye and Geraldine Dávila 
(Photo: Afrocolombianos Visibles)
Black women from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa demanded this week a firm and final commitment to equality and the end of discrimination from governments and the international community, at the closing of the Second International Meeting of Afro Women held in Cali, Colombia.
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Jordan to increase female political representation
"We are very optimistic,” Amneh Zu’bi, president of the Jordanian Women's Union (national focal point of Social Watch), about the recommendations launched by the National Dialogue Committee (NDC) created by the government to reinvigorate the political life in the country. Among those suggestions, the NDC proposed an increase in female representation in Parliament and political parties.
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Health: New strains of germs increase human vulnerability
The detection of a lethal new strain of E. coli clearly reveals that society has become increasingly vulnerable to bacteria and viruses that are resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, in efforts to curb the epidemic, policymakers and the WHO should step in to deal with it.
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Palestine: Freedom Flotilla martyrs honoured in Gaza
Convened by the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO, focal point of Social Watch), hundreds of people gathered in Mina, the port of Gaza City, to honour the nine Turkish activists killed by Israeli forces that attacked the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May 2010. At the same time, the organisation made its complaints to the authorities in Ramallah about the new legal restrictions to its activities imposed by the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.
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Zambia: Women for Change strengthens political participation
Women for Change (WfC, focal point of Social Watch in Zambia) has been working for months to increase the participation of citizens, women and men, in the campaign towards the general elections to be held next September.
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Greece: Financial crisis hits development organisations
The Hellenic Platform for Development has lost half of the dozen non governmental organisations that used to integrate it. Many of them had to shut down due to the lack of finance to maintain their staff and to continue their operations, warned KOPIN, national focal point of Social Watch in Malta, which expressed its solidarity with that network.
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Morocco: Protesters stand up against Government’s crackdown
Thousands poured into the streets of Rabat, the capital of Morocco, on Sunday Jun. 5 and also in Casablanca to condemn the death of a protester and to demand the country-wide government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations reaches an end. The protesters are part the February 20 Movement, led largely by young people demanding pro-democracy reforms and an end to government corruption and repression – as well as an end to poverty and inequality.
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