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Celebrating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

On May 29, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated. Usually known as "Blue Berets" or "Blue Helmets", Peacekeepers are civilian, police and military men and women who come from different backgrounds and cultures, but work together in order to protect the ones who are exposed to any kind of threats and provide support to countries in transition from conflict to peace. They can supervise cease-fires to protect civilians and monitor peace processes in post-conflict areas, protect human rights, support free and fair elections, disarm ex-combatants, promote the rule of law, economic and social development, minimize the risk of land-mines, and more.
United Nations peacekeeping was initially developed during the Cold War in 1948, starting with United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) and United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) operations, with the intent of resolving conflicts between states by deploying…

How can language improve gender equality?

It is known that women face significant barriers when it comes to their equal participation in society, not only when it comes to work and wage, or in the political spectrum, but also, according to a new line of researches, due to language, as the structure of certain languages may shape gender norms, stimulating inequality, therefore limiting women's opportunities. Gendered languages can influence attitudes toward women, after all languages do reveal a lot about society since they show how communities observe the world, its individuals and the role that each one has in it. Usually, masculine forms are used to represent all human beings - this happens according with the traditional gender hierarchy, which grants men more power and higher status than women. 

Since the 1980s, the European Parliament has been working to ensure that it uses a gender-neutral and non-discriminatory language, along side with many other countries that joined the "movement", trying to find a more …

Are China's Uighurs being deprived of Human Rights?

According to a recent report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), between 2017 and 2019, the Chinese Government facilitated the transfer of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities from Xinjiang to factories and camps in various parts of China.  The Chinese government denied for a long time that the camps existed, but after images of camp construction with watch towers and barbed wired fences emerged and the situation in Xinjiang hit the headlines with reports of mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims, the government aknowledged these locations as "re-education camps". The Chinese government operating procedures guarantees that the main feature of the camps is to ensure adherence to Chinese Communist Party ideology. According to reasearches, there are an estimated on million (if not more) Uighur Muslims detained in so-called re-education camps, which are designed to strip them of their religious and ethnic identity and replace it with absolute loyalt…

A win for Human Rights and for the Sudanese women

After the fall of Omar al-Bashir's dictatorial regime in April, 2020, Sudan will pass a law that criminalizes FGM, as a new step in the transition from the old regime to democracy. The legislative proposal was approved by the sudanese government on April 22, 2020, and implements prison penalties up to 3 years, in addition to the withdrawal of medical licence where the operation is performed, and even though this is one of the many achievements that must be celebrated regarding such an issue, the struggle for the Human Rights of all these women and the end of this practice does not have immediate results, as it's deep rooted on the culture and the regime itself must continue to create measures to stop it altogether, and even if it is a step forward that FGM is seen, now, as a crime, it raises other problems.  
Clandestinity is one of the reasons that lead some organizations to view this measure with concern. Faiza Mohamed, regional director of Equality Now in Africa, explained …