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Biovision – New Book on Tranformation of our food systems

Biovision is pleased to announce an important new book which can be downloaded free of charge at https://www.globalagriculture.org/transformation/. The authors were supported in the publication of the book by the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development (CH) and the Future Foundation for Agriculture (D). Please feel free to forward to your networks.

Transformation of Our Food Systems
The COVID-19 pandemic exposes sharp injustices and system wide failures of today’s prevailing food and agriculture systems, injustices that have been accelerating over the past decade; the most destructive period of food production and consumption in modern history. In their new book “Transformation of our food systems – the making of a paradigm shift”, 40 international experts describe the highlights and trends in food production since 2009, when the ground breaking International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development Report (IAASTD) was published.

The critical new book calls for an urgent, accelerated transformation of our food systems. Dr. Hans Herren, Biovision Foundation’s president, former World Food Prize winner and co-president of the IAASTD, researcher and expert in agroecology, is the initiator and co-editor. “This book clearly proves from various perspectives that the agroecological approach is by far the most important and fundamental pathway to ‘build back better’ (after COVID-19) and to make the shift towards sustainable food systems,” says Herren. Co-editor Benny Haerlin, says of the book “it not only talks about transformation, it also shows how it can be done and where it is already happening.”

The book is published in the run-up to this year’s only virtual High Level Special Event of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), where for the first time agroecology will be at the centre of discussions and where decision-makers will also reflect about global efforts needed to “build back better”. The book is also a critical contribution to the “Food Systems Summit 2021”, being organized under the auspices of the United Nations.

More information is available here:
https://www.globalagriculture.org/fileadmin/files/weltagrarbericht/IAASTD-Buch/2020-09-24_Media-Release_IAASTD_10.pdf

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LDS Charities: Fortifying Families Webinar Series – 29 September 2020 – 15 May 2021

International Organizations and the Family: An Overview

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented by
Latter- day Saint Charities in New York and Geneva, and the European Union & International Affairs Office in Brussels, is pleased to invite you to join us for the “Fortifying Families” webinar series. As the name suggests, this series will focus on what individuals and governments can do to fortify families, as well as the societal benefits of fortified families.

The initial episode, “International Organizations and the Family: An Overview” will air live on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:30 AM ET (New York) / 3:30 PM CEST (Brussels). The episode will provide an introduction to the series, and thus focus broadly on family advocacy within international organizations, including positive steps that these bodies have taken to strengthen family policy, how fortified families can help those organizations achieve their long-term goals, and some of the issues and tensions that arise when advocating for the family.

This episode is organized in partnership with the Federation of
Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), and will run
approximately 30 minutes. We encourage active participation from the listeners. If you wish to do so, please use the “Questions & Comments” text box provided on the registration page, or during the webinar, to suggest questions for our guest speakers.

Speakers:
Vincenzo Bassi, President, Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE)

Renata Kaczmarska, Focal Point on the Family, Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(DESA)

Hosts:
Francesco Di Lillo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – European Union & International Affairs

Ryan Koch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – United Nations & International Affairs

Registration is required and free of charge. Feel free to forward this email to your colleagues or others who might be interested.

REGISTRATION

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The family is the fundamental unit of society and strong, stable and healthy families sustain strong, stable and healthy societies. This series will explore contemporary issues affecting today’s families, significant ways families provide solutions to social ills, and suggested policies to fortify families as the fundamental unit of society. It is anticipated that this series will run biweekly during
the academic year, with episodes starting on September 29, 2020 and culminating in a celebration of the International Day of Families on May 15, 2021.

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Widows’ Rights International : Child widows and young widows – 4 September 2020

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Widows’ Rights International – Overview – 2019

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Widows Rights International, Wixamtree, Sand Lane, Northill, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9AD
+44 1767 627626 Registered Charity: 1069142 www.widowsrights.org administrator@widowsrights.org

Overview

Widows Rights International (WRI) is a long established organisation fighting for the
rights of widows all over the world. We have recently concentrated on sub-Saharan
Africa. Conflict, disease and early marriage have increased the number of widows
across the globe with young women and girls becoming widows as well as women
throughout the life cycle. In addition to those women whose husbands have died,
there in an ever increasing number of women who are heading households due to
conflict and migration, where the situation of their husbands is unknown and they are
de facto widows.

In no country are widows and widowers treated equally but only in some regions do
widows have to tolerate the acceptance of the abuse of widows at both local and
national levels. The belief in the natural inferiority of women contributes to this, but
so also does the perversion of inhumane and degrading practices which have grown
up in very different economic and political conditions around the globe.

Widows are organising to break the silence but they need support. Provision of
information is critical. As a UK registered charity, Widows Rights International (WRI)
has provided support through its website, newsletter and network of local widows
groups, concerned lawyers and human right activists. It shares information on
successful strategies and tactics that have enabled widows to challenge their
despoilment and win court cases, to ensure that their governments translate
international human rights commitments into legislation, and to see that legislation is
implemented at the grassroots level. However there is still much work to be done as
abusive widowhood practices are still deeply embedded in many cultures.

WRI is the leading source of information on widows. We compile the stories of
widows and the organisations that help them. We are seeking to increase our data
base of organisations and individuals working for widows and female headed
households, together with their stories of overcoming the challenges that face them
in addition to the case studies of legal victories. This web-based and interactive
platform will enable greater exchange of vital information for all those concerned
with challenging the abuse of widows.

WRI disseminates this information through our regular newsletter and we seek to
increase this information flow by seeking out new sources of information as well as
intensifying our use of media and social media.

We have recently concentrated on sub-Saharan Africa because of the intense abuse
of widows includes degrading and harmful mourning rites. These harmful practices
are not only in direct contravention of international agreements, such as CEDAW, and
national legislation based on such agreements but with the HIV/Aids pandemic, are
also a considerable threat to national health.

WRI has been involved in the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the
Committee on the Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against
Women. We have organised delegations to attend these UN processes and have
organised events to raise awareness of the plight of widows but also to celebrate
their achievements. We have enabled widows and representatives of organisations
working for widows from Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Algeria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Sudan,
Egypt, Nepal to attend CSW to have a voice at the UN. We continue to seek to
provide opportunities for widows themselves to speak out about their concerns and
their achievements. We continue to work to influence policy at the international
level in regard to widows. Within the framework of Agenda 2030 and the concept of
“leave no one behind” we are working to raise awareness of the importance of “last
woman first” and were co-founders of the Global Alliance for Last Woman First, as
widows the world over are the poorest and most discriminated against. WRI has been
involved in raising awareness on the issue of widows in the UK and has held several
briefings for parliamentarians in the Houses of Parliament, both Commons and
Lords. We seek to continue and expand this work. We are planning events with think
tanks in the UK and working with Commonwealth partners. WRI recently provided a
“lunch and learn” for DFID personnel to increase awareness of the situation of
widows worldwide.

WRI has undertaken research on the situation of widows and we seek to increase this
research in order to gain valuable data to influence policy.

WRI has been very successful in fundraising for widows organisations. Women of
Purpose is a successful organisation in Uganda which has grown in strength and reach
since the seed funding provided by WRI. This is one example of the many organisations helping thousands of women and girls that WRI has enabled. We seek  to expand this fund raising work to assist those organisations too small and underresourced to achieve success to raise funds on their own. The aim is to accompany  them until they become social enterprises developing a sustainable fiscal strategy.

Our goals are to:
§ Support the international campaign to end harmful cultural practices which
ignore the human rights of widows and lead to their dire poverty and social
exclusion.
§ Raise awareness and understanding of the discrimination and violence
encountered by widows in many countries.
§ Continue to advocate for widows’ rights to be integrated into the human rights
agendas of national and international agencies.
§ Promote the emergence of a vibrant and informed network of community
based groups, widows’ groups, NGOs, lawyers and human rights activists
working on widowhood issues.

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Call for applicants: Consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent

 

In accordance with resolution A/RES/73/262, adopted by the General Assembly, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organizing a one-day consultation on the permanent forum on people of African descent to be held at the United Nations in Geneva on 29 March 2019.

OHCHR invites civil society representatives interested in participating in the consultation to submit their application for accreditation and assistance by 1 March 2019. For more information:

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The passing of friend and colleague, Simone Ovart

Simone Ovart
Simone Ovart, NGO CSW Geneva President 2015-2018

“What we once enjoyed and loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us,” Helen Keller.

With deep regret we are sharing the sad news of the passing Simone Ovart on 9 January 2019.  All of us from the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva have regrettably lost one of our own; a bright light of compassion and distinction.  Her commitment to the Committee through her leadership, current Bureau Advisor, Past-President, Committee Chair and overall influencer and leader, reveals a lifetime of dedication to advancing the status of women and girls.

Remembering Simone brings us strength, ignites compassion and reminds us that all things are possible.  She will be deeply missed and may you Rest in Peace, dear Simone.   Our Committee’s deepest condolences and prayers go out to Simone’s family, friends and Zonta colleagues.

 

Most sincerely,

NGO CSW, Geneva Bureau

Stacy Dry Lara

Carolyn Handschin

Anne Riz

Angela Sauvage

Claudia Williams

Paula Daeppen

 


 

A message from Claudia Williams, NGO CSW Geneva Secretary

I was deeply saddened to learn today of Simone’s passing.  She was a vibrant, strong woman, to whom many have looked for leadership and friendship.  I join the many women of CSW and Zonta who especially feel this loss, and together are mourning her passing.

I served as secretary of CSW-Geneva during the last year of Simone’s tenure as president.  One of the highlights of our time together was observing her work on the Forum on Women and Global Migration, which she masterminded.  She personally knew many influential UN leaders, and was able to suggest many speakers, including the Director General of the UN and several prominent Ambassadors.  Under her leadership, the CSW Bureau worked to provide panelists qualified to explore the root causes of migration and to suggest innovative solutions.  The Forum was very well attended and successfully met its goal of bringing to light important ways migrant women themselves can bring about change.  Given her deep concern for the plight of migrant women, it must have been especially satisfying to Simone to inspire further progress in an area where much improvement is needed.

 


 

A message from Carolyn Handschin, NGO CSW Geneva Vice President

I was so shocked and very sorry to hear of the passing of Simone. It was just a few months ago that she was leading the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva with such vitality. I feel a very personal closeness to her. We sometimes met as members of the Committee at Conchita’s home in the past. We would spend hours in the garden drinking tea while discussing issues, planning events and writing statements. She would always drive all the way from Turin for these meetings and I would think how important she feels this is. She was very strong, focused and caring, about the larger issues and also about the team. 
 
 It was because of Simone that I recently re-joined the Committee and I feel very grateful to her for that. She very warmly invited me little more than a year ago to join her and several other members to organize the Migration Forum. For several months, we communicated almost daily and her high expectations and strong leadership guided the process, especially getting confirmation from some of the key speakers. I often thought that she must’ve been very good in her professional experience as a business leader and entrepreneur.
 
I personally and surely we all, as the NGO Committee on the Status of Women are very grateful to have shared important times with her and benefitted from her knowledge, experience and love.
 
Thank you Simone!
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HRC22 side-event: Women’s Land Rights

Orgnaized by Bangwee & Dialogue
Monday 4 March, 12:00-14:00
Palais des Nations Room XXVII

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WSIS Forum 2012 – Sessions reports

By Jessica Hogstrom and Jessica Lees, Global Education Opportunity (GEO) students with WOW

 

May 14, 2012: Reaching the Third Billion—Arriving at Affordable Broadband to Stimulate Emerging Market Transformation (Intel Corporation)

During this thematic workshop Intel focused on their project, “Reaching the Third Billion,” and they highlighted how they, and the countries they were partnering with, were working to provide affordable internet to all the citizens of the world. In order to achieve this goal they began by attempting to create an equivalent to the prepaid phone with the internet connection, so that broadband access would be affordable, and they also worked to lower the price of the computers. Intel began working first with Vietnam, where they are now moving fifty thousand pcs a month, and where 50% of the population can now afford a computer and internet access. Perhaps the most effective part of this program is working to lower costs on both ends, by working to make computers much more affordable and focusing on creating a system that allows broadband to be purchased like minutes for a cellphone. It is vital that this will allow those who had no hope of previously affording this access to join the digital age, which thus provides them opportunities for education, communication and work that they would never previously have. A representative from Albania highlighted the work that is now being done there since they first partnered with Intel in December of 2011. Within the first quarter there was an 8% increase in the total number of computers sold within Albania, and the results so far seem promising with a very positive reaction from the market. Likewise, a similar program in Mexico was described, although not partnered with Intel, which focused on using government subsidies and a voucher system to meet the needs of the people.. In the end questions still remain about how to best reach the next billion, or the fifth or sixth, yet it is encouraging that already one billion people have been reached.

May 14, 2012: Media Freedom of Expression on Internet and Social Media (UNESCO)

The question of how to ensure freedom of expression within the internet and social media, while at the same time protecting all citizens and their rights to privacy, was at the heart of this panel. New forms of technology such as search engines and social media raised many interesting questions as they both enhance freedom of expression and even freedom of assembly yet there are clear risks that are inherent within their use and the use of other similar technologies. There was a clear call for reforms to ensure an ecosystem which would foster freedom of expression through particularly creating a clear framework based on global policy and open standards. Yet there were concerns raised that privacy must be protected, and that privacy must be considered from the beginning by these internet services and incorporated into the design. The role of citizen journalists was also an important issue for ensuring these rights on the internet, and the different panelists each argued for the extension of traditional journalistic protection to apply to this new form of journalist. Questions were also raised about how this would change the role of these citizen journalists, as these citizens gained freedom from not being part of the system and instead utilizing new forms of media, but the extension of these key protections was highlighted as a crucial part of preserving their rights. Ultimately this panel addressed key issues of ensuring the freedom of expression through the newly developing technological mediums such as social media sites, blogs and even search engines, and the census was clear: legislation, universal standards and journalistic protection are necessary to ensure that freedom of expression is preserved on the Internet.

May 15, 2012 11:15-13:00: AL C5 Cybersecurity Building confidence and Security in the use of ICTs (ITU)

In this Facilitation Meeting, the international issue and concern of Cybersecurity clearly called for the development of clear codes of conduct and policies to address the threat to nations and even families. The panel focused on problems with Cybersecurity, especially on national and international levels, where inconsistent regulations need to be discussed and standardized. Panelists raised questions about when a cyber-operation amounts to an attack on a state, and when it becomes a national security threat. But more importantly the question of when would these attacks fall under United Nation Laws regarding armed conflicts and warfare must be addressed. The speakers called for a code of conduct which would include a focus on education, defining the legal and international frameworks, and a focus on the private/public partnership, and it would be a means of providing necessary clarification about conduct on the internet and what constitutes a violation. Yet this issue also must be considered regarding the “first digital natives” or the children of the world, who must be educated regarding the digital world to which they have been exposed. The Special Envoy for Child Protection to the International Telecommunication Union highlighted key issues that affect children within the domain of Cybersecurity such as the lack of regulation regarding apps, cyber bullying, privacy issues, sexting, suicides, and addictions. To better combat these issues clearer policies and codes of conduct must be created.

 

May 15, 2012: Smart Cities (Hewlett Packard)

Last year, the population of the world reached 7 billion and with 12 years another billion people will be added to the current population. As the population continues to grow, there has been a movement toward urban migration with people leaving the agricultural rural areas. WIth increasing numbers of people in cities, it is important for cities to be able to adapt to the swelling population. Currently, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, consumes 2/3 of total energy, and is responsible for 70% of the carbon emissions. In order for cities to become smarter, the following points were put forward by Hewlett Packard: 1) The city must be a livable place, 2) Cities need to be a learning and sharing environment, 3) Cities need to be ready for new economies revolving around new technologies, 4) The ability for citizens to always be connected to the internet and essential services, and 5) Cities need to have efficient government action which places importance on creating a technologically capable city. Currently, Hewlett Packard is working toward creating technology and products which would enable city governments to work more efficiently to deliver needed services to its citizens. Although the need is there to create smarter cities, there are currently challenges with trying to get entire city populations on board with new technological advances and ensuring the governments will take the necessary steps to create and carry out an effective plan of action. However, as the future approaches, it will become essential to create smart cities.

 

May1 15: Publication: Launch of case studies on Broadband and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

The Broadband Commission was created in 2010 in response to the need for ITU and UNESCO to monitor their efforts at helping to reach the MDGs. Specifically, the commission is tasked with expanding broadband to make it easy for the world population to have access to the internet. The Broadband Commission has released 4 case studies, Panama, Philippines, Romania, and Macedonia. Due to the limited time allotted for the panel, I was only able to stay for the Macedonia presentation. In Macedonia, the government has partnered with private sector broadband providers to place computer kiosks on school buildings in the rural areas where people do not have access to the internet. For four years the government has agreed to provide free access to the internet on these kiosks. This has proven to be a successful way of bringing the internet to those that currently do not have access.

 

May 15: High Level Dialogue No. 1: Governance of Cyberspace and Cyberpeace

During this WSIS session, officials from the public sector, private sector, and UN organizations were present to discuss the importance and challenges of cyberspace and cyberpeace. Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Toure expressed the need for cyber security in order to protect and promote freedom and privacy on the internet. All panelists reaffirmed the importance and growing need for global action regarding cyber security but also noted the political and ideological differences that are hindering swift action. The country representative from Burkina Faso thoughtfully noted that in order to decrease cyberspace threats, there is a need to create a culture of cyber security because legislation will only go so far to help solve the current problems. The EC Council, in conjunction with ITU, has developed a game for children to help teach them about the importance of security. Hopefully this will enable children to become aware of the importance of cyber security. Members in the audience also highlighted the need for cyber security education in the school system for children to learn about the threats that do exist and how they can protect themselves. When asked what the plan forward should be, SG Toure responded with a 4 pronged plan: 1) Provide broadband access to all individuals in society, 2) Protect individuals from cyberspace threats, 3) Countries should not harbor terrorists and those committing cyber crimes; and 4) Global cooperation and coordination to stop the criminals committing cyber crime.

 

May 15 : Oman’s ICT Capacity Building for Women and Girls (Information Technology Authority and MInistry of Education, Sultanate of Oman)

The delegation from Oman presented the training programs and educational classes that have been targeted toward women and girls in order to bring them the power of ICT. Community Centers and Women Community Knowledge Centers have been set up across each of the governorates within Oman with the purpose of providing ICT training classes to women, usually 18 and above. The community centers have been created with the following 4 objectives: 1) Offer ICT training programs, 2) Raise citizen awareness of ICT, 3) Help women obtain jobs using their ICT knowledge, and 4) Help citizens learn about and benefit from eGovernment services. Along with targeting the adult female population, grade school classes have been targeted in order to allow girls to learn about and become proficient in their use of ICT. The Digital Schools have been created that include smartboards, computers, classmates (small laptops designed specifically for educational purposes), and teachers trained in ICT in each of the schools to provide complete ICT training. These schools have been successful in teaching girls to be ICT literate.

 

May 16: Women and Girls in ICT

In this high level dialogue, the panel discussed how technology needs girls but more importantly how girls need technology. Doreen Bogdan, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership at the ITU, identified four fundamental principles for increasing the participation of women and girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which are: 1) empowerment, 2) equality, 3) education, and 4) employment. She also discussed how there are expected to be 2 million more jobs than ICT professionals in the near future, which highlights how much the technology industry ultimately needs the contribution of women and girls. Nisha Pilla, the moderator for the panel, emphasized the need to get girls to try new things and engage their imagination. This was further reinforced with the idea that ICT needs to overcome the media myth that technology is fundamentally boring and uninteresting. Jasna Matic, State Secretary for Digital Agenda from the Republic of Serbia, stated that women need to be reckless and dive into new fields where they will be forced to combat traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Throughout the panel session, the theme of role models emerged as a necessary step toward encouraging female participation in ICT industries. These role models need to not just be women in high positions but women actually using their skills in the positions they hold. Carlos Martinez, Global Director, Service Providers in Developing Economies, Intel World Head Group, stated that with each additional 10% of women educated in a country, that country’s GDP increases by 3%. Therefore, there is a great need to work together as a society to encourage women to gain an education and be able to use those skills to enhance the economy.

 

May 17: Freedom of Expression and the Internet: How to reconcile Practice and Principles

During this panel the issue of how Freedom of Expression on the Internet can be protected and more specifically who is actually responsible for doing this was thoroughly discussed. The panelists ultimately urged that it is governments who must step forward and be willing to police the internet rather than forcing the duty on the corporate world. This means that states must be willing to step forward to use their own individual jurisdiction to protect the rights of their citizens and even to protect the internet intermediaries rather than letting them take the blame for problems. Yet the panel emphasized that the internet complicates policy and rights issues because it enables as much good as bad action. They raised concerns that the same tools that governments use to protect people online are in fact the same things that can be used to diminish the rights of internet users. This is most especially true when it comes to the right to privacy, and it can be extremely vague where exactly the line is between protection and violation of their rights. In the end the panelists urged to create open internet standards through a collaborative and multi-stake holder model where basic rights could be considered and protected.

 

17 May: Strategic Uses of ICT’s for Development

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation (http://gkpfoundation.org/) led the session and emphasized the importance of all actors (i.e. civil society, governments, industries) working in development coming together and creating linkages to mutual help one another in their efforts. Through partnerships and sharing of information, the best solutions to help the world’s poor can be found and will help to revolutionize the current development strategy. GKPF has been founded in order to facilitate the sharing of information and creating a knowledge network for their members. The purpose of this session was to highlight the projects of 4 of the GKPF members in order to facilitate knowledge sharing and potentially linking different organizations together in the audience. The first organization, IICD (http://www.iicd.org/), works to support local organizations that are using ICTs in their projects and work in all sectors from health to farming. IICD works to ensure that not only are the local organization’s needs met, but that the needs of the community are met as well. Second, the Omar Dengo Foundation (http://www.fod.ac.cr/en/), which operates in Costa Rica, aims to bring ICT education to children. Through two major educational programs, entrepreneurship classes and robotics classes, children are able to concretely apply the principles taught through simulating starting their own businesses or creating virtual products using their robotics education. The third group, Global Villages Network (http://www.gvnetwork.com/), aims to connect villages and their voices to each other through remotely transmitting talks and speeches. Through bringing together remote villages, these villages will be able to share information. Lastly, an organization operating in Spain is working to bring ICT knowledge to citizens, microenterprises, and public administrators. If organizations are interested in joining the network, log on to their website (registration is free) and GKPF will help facilitate information, link organization together, and help to mobilize resources.d

 

17 May: Rethinking the Agenda for Development: Open Access Policies and Practice

In the digital age, open access platforms have become increasing popular in order to share knowledge. Harvard University recently announced that it could no longer afford subscriptions to academic journals and encouraged it’s researchers to make their work open to the public. As academic journal prices have increased, the ability for individuals to read and learn from academic research has decreased. In response to this, open access journals, most of which are peer reviewed, have begun to gain popularity. Two speakers, representing Argentina and South Africa, highlighted the importance of open access information. In Argentina, the government has recognized the need for open access journals and has a national initiative to create open access repositories that would be made available to all individuals looking for academic research. In South Africa, the need for academic research was highlighted as well as the need to incorporate research from the global south. Current subscription journals focus mainly on the academic research produced by the global north as well as the interests of the global north. By creating open access journals, information from both the global north and global south can be shared. Simultaneously, there is a need to see publishing as a mid point in research, not an end point. By shifting the paradigm to open collaboration between researchers, more work on the various problems throughout the world could be tackled.

 

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Article du Courrier du 4 Novembre 2011 – L’égalité des sexes est rentable!

An interesting article kindly shared by Hélène Sackstein (IAW) : Article du COURRIER Oct. 2011 : l’égalité est rentable.