Where to begin? There is hardly any sober or non-emotive way of writing about mothers who were raped in front of their children or about women and girls who were gang raped, then burned alive in their huts by the South Sudanese army. What words can you use to describe the plight of over
Written by Ndunge Wayua and published on 30-August-2015
Women are often perceived as having no other roles in conflict than being the victims of violence. They are being deeply affected by violent conflicts, often becoming the targets of sexual violence. Rape becomes a tool of warfare: it has been used during the armed conflicts in former Yugoslavia and is still occurring in
Written by S. Gehrlein and published on 19-August-2015
I recently had the pleasure of spending a month in Armenia, working as a visiting scholar at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. When I arrived in Yerevan one of the first things I noticed on the drive from the airport into town was billboards all along the road with the slogan ‘I remember and demand’ and 1915, the year of the Armenian genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire.
The ‘I remember’ part of the slogan resonates strongly and is omnipresent in Armenia today. The genoci...
Written by Tim Williams and published on 18-August-2015
Money makes the world go around. As much as we might dislike this saying, we face proof of the truth behind it every day. But what do we do if, despite the money spent, the world does in fact not seem to go around as well as we would like it to. In recent years, criticism about the bottomless pit that is global development has been expressed widely. From marking it ineffective to downright counterproductive, many voices have advocated a halt to development aid spending over the years, the
Written by A. Hooijer and published on 31-July-2015
“When did a fence help anyone?” retorts Laszlo, a volunteer at Szeged train station, as a fifty-strong crowd of refugees herd around a new box of donations. The Hungarian government’s public disdain for immigrants intensified in mid-July with construction work commencing on a 175 km long a border wall with Serbia. At this transport hub in Hungary’s ...
Written by Tej Parikh and published on 27-July-2015
It doesn't come as a surprise to know that Yemen ranks highest in the category of ‘worst country for women’ based on economical participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. International media outlets do not often portray Yemeni women, and if they do, the portraits fit the stereotype of what a woman in the worst country for women would loo...
Written by S. Gehrlein and published on 19-July-2015
When Indians and Pakistanis talk to each other...
A pioneering initiative of The Red Elephant Foundation (Chennai, India), The Building Peace Project (2014-15), in its first season was weaved around an unflinching belief in the power of citizen driven interactions through new media technology. Young people from conflict zones can come together on a shared platform to talk to each other. Nine pairs of Indians and Pakistanis undertook a year long journey of exchange, interaction, collabora...
Written by Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere and published on 18-July-2015
The current crisis in Ukraine shows the world how even the closest allies can pull away from each other. Russia and Ukraine were long-term partners, but one should not forget how uneven this partnership was. The Orange Revolution in 2004-05 was the first sign of Ukraine trying to gain independence from its “older brother”.
Russia's reaction to the events in Ukraine and all the changes that have followed has kep...
Written by K. Ananyeva and published on 25-May-2015
It is rare to meet in one’s lifetime a person with whom you can connect intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. It is even more difficult when the country to which they belong is an ‘enemy’ of your country! However, I was lucky enough to find my soul sister and would like to share such a phenomenal story with Beyond Violence readers.
It was early 2014 and I was a participant in the
Written by Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere and published on 21-May-2015
Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost island of the Philippines is one of the most diverse sites of the country. It is rich in natural resources, offers an interesting flora and fauna and is home to 18 different tribes, a unique cultural heritage. However, despite its beauty tourists are advised against visiting Mindanao. Kidnappings or even killings of inter...
Written by M. Gahl and published on 18-May-2015