States, NGOs and the UN Get Ready for CSW63

As the Commission on the Status of Women prepares to open in New York, Jessica Craig looks at the upcoming event, the Commission’s history and its historical successes as a forum for advocacy for gender equality. Between 11th and 22nd March, representatives of the United Nations member states, UN entities and non-governmental organisations will gatherContinue reading “States, NGOs and the UN Get Ready for CSW63”

Migration as a Human Right? Debunking Myths Surrounding the UN Migration Pact

Two years after the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in the wake of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, the United Nations (UN) has completed its preparations to further international cooperation and coordination concerning migration. This comes with the United Nations General Assembly’s embrace of the Global Compact forContinue reading “Migration as a Human Right? Debunking Myths Surrounding the UN Migration Pact”

‘If he beats you, it means he loves you’: Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture

Source: Sergey Fadeichev/ TASS Sign translation: (right) All women need are their fundamental human rights! (middle) To the victims of violence – protection and support! In a country where one woman dies every 40 minutes as a result of domestic violence, there is an almost ubiquitous acceptance of abuse in Russian culture and increasingly inContinue reading “‘If he beats you, it means he loves you’: Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture”

'If he beats you, it means he loves you': Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture

Source: Sergey Fadeichev/ TASS Sign translation: (right) All women need are their fundamental human rights! (middle) To the victims of violence – protection and support! In a country where one woman dies every 40 minutes as a result of domestic violence, there is an almost ubiquitous acceptance of abuse in Russian culture and increasingly inContinue reading “'If he beats you, it means he loves you': Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture”

Can we still trust charities?

As human beings, we place high social value on what qualifies us to be good people, some of the most prominent criteria being generosity and kindness. In especially privileged regions of the world, people are eager to engage with charities as a way to achieve these characteristics, but do the organisations we support really fulfilContinue reading “Can we still trust charities?”

40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion

On 4 October 2018, a motion to declare Verona a ‘pro-life city’ was approved by the city council. Motion 434, which was proposed by Alberto Zelger of the Lega Nord party, calls for public funding for pro-life groups and for campaigns to encourage pregnant women to consider adoption over abortion. The vote was met withContinue reading “40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion”

Why the United Nations needs more female peacekeepers

Despite having been proven effective in peacekeeping, female peacekeepers remain underrepresented in UN missions Chinese Peacekeeping Battalion Awarded UN Medal for Service. Source: UNMISS/Eric Kanalstein On 31 October 2000, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace and security. As defined by the UN, the resolution stresses the importance ofContinue reading “Why the United Nations needs more female peacekeepers”

Defying Suppression, One Word at a Time: St Andrews’ Banned Literature Night

Source: Flickr On the crisp,late-autumn evening of Tuesday 13th November, students gathered in the cosy, lively atmosphere of Aikman’s to listen to and share personal and universal stories condemned to silence around the world. Co-hosted by Amnesty St Andrews, Protocol Magazine and Inklight, the event celebrated banned literature on the theme of forbidden love, counteringContinue reading “Defying Suppression, One Word at a Time: St Andrews’ Banned Literature Night”

The Ethical Expense of Contemporary Smartphone Infatuation

Part of acknowledging one’s position of privilege in society is undertaking more ethical approaches to consumption. This is a complicated task under the conditions of late capitalism, but particularly in the 2010’s when considering the ubiquity of smartphone ownership. By 2020, it is projected that smartphone ownership worldwide will rise to 2.87 billion. While thereContinue reading “The Ethical Expense of Contemporary Smartphone Infatuation”

Human Rights in the Face of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity or Threat?

Source: Maxpixel Have you ever given an order to a virtual assistant? Avoided a traffic jam thanks to a smart navigation system? What about those targeted offers appearing on various websites, continually reminding you of items that you looked up online? All of the above are made possible as a result of big data analysisContinue reading “Human Rights in the Face of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity or Threat?”