Tanya Charles reflects on a summer day in Cape Town: museums, memorials, maps and whether speaking truth to power is a waste of time and tears.
As millions around the world celebrated Christmas, there was scant merriment for most Zimbabweans. A year after the ouster of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s economic collapse and hyperinflation, writes Maureen Sigauke, is a sobering illustration of the fact that inequality is not just “a bug in the system”.
Classical debates about power and inequality, from Locke to Marx, centre on the topic of ownership. In our digital age, these theoretical views may seem outdated, writes Gabriella Razzano. But the exponential growth of our “personal” data and corporations’ widespread use of it make these frameworks more valuable than ever.
Zimbabwe’s government has proclamed the country ‘open for business’ and cut spending in a bid to attract Chinese investment. But hyperinflation and a doctors’ strike point to the cost in misery, writes Craig Dube.
Digital developments have aided the recent rise in access to banking. But in many parts of the developing world, the gender gap in financial inclusion has failed to shift in the developing world; in Bangladesh, it has risen significantly. Technology alone can’t provide the solutions, writes Anjali Sarker.
While the Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other Democrats holds out great promise, writes Lauren Burke, the right to organise must be enshrined in such proposals if we are to take serve the environment and citizens alike.
Danske Bank's Estonian branch was charged in what may be one of the largest ever money-laundering cases. This is at heart an inequality issue, writes Louise Russell-Prywata: financial secrecy has allowed wealthy people, aided by banks and financial advisers, to steal huge sums from underfunded public sectors.
In the wake of an unsparing report on UK poverty by the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Nicola Browne argues that just as those hardest hit by austerity were at the heart of Alston’s visit, they should be at the forefront of making sure his recommendations become reality.
Even in an age of declining union membership, and despite employers’ concerted anti-union efforts, writes Lauren Burke, it is still possible to win certification when workers’ resolve to improve their jobs and lives is supported by good organising strategy.
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the global advocacy theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Key to this initiative, writes Kripa Basnyat, is the fight against sexual harassment at work, and the policy changes that will help ensure workplaces are safe and respectful places for all.
“Bringing a female lens and feminist perspective to the way films are created and how the world is viewed is often a political act,” says Jane Sloane, speaking at the opening of her exhibition FRAME: How Asia Pacific Feminist Filmmakers and Artists Are Confronting Inequalities, created in collaboration with Ariel and Sam Soto-Suver.
Whether you are funding culture, climate or human rights, different people bring different perspectives. To have a workforce with a range of backgrounds brings fresh ideas, insight and networks. However Rose Longhurst, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow, discovered a surprising resistance to the concept at a recent conference.
The way we approach care work is undeniably gendered, it’s not considered ‘work’ because men have defined what constitutes ‘work’, and traditionally men haven’t done much caring. There is a circular (il)logic at play: we don’t value care because we assume women should be doing it, and because women do it, we don’t value it.
The government has outsourced residential adult care and most provision is privatised. Many care homes are owned by hedge funds that operate on high risk high return principles, expect a 12% annual profit, avoid tax payments, and either flip the companies once the profit has been stripped or load the company with debt in order to leverage more debt for other activities.
How can we let this happen?
The Adivasi - or tribal communities - make up around 8.6% of India’s population. They are the poorest group in India and are among the most socially marginalised, considered to be ‘outside’ Indian society and stereotyped as lazy, alcoholic, and dirty. And women are further marginalised by their internal social structures.
But, with the introduction of Self Help Groups, the female Adivasi are finding their voice.
If you visit this year’s International Women’s Day website, which I encourage everyone to do, you will be prompted to make a pledge to #PressforProgress. The 2018 theme recognizes the gains women have made, while also acknowledging the progress still needed to reach true gender parity. As I think about the one way (and there are many) I would like to see philanthropy live this year’s theme, it is simple: apply an intersectional lens to our women and girls work.
Jane Anyango is a spirited activist whose courage transcends the ethnic and political divide in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. In 2004 Jane founded PolyCom Development Project, a community initiative in response to the high rates of sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in Kibera. But it was the killing of one of her mentees - a 15-year-old girl - shot by the police during the 2007-2008 post-election demonstrations in Kibera - that triggered Jane to mobilise Kibera women.