Diversity

13.01.2013

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

The United Nations has recognized a Brazilian Dominican friar, Frei Betto, with a leading international prize for his “exceptional contribution” to building a universal culture of peace, social justice and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),… »

02.01.2013

Trans Activist, Lawyer, Professor: Tamara Adrián Hernández

Trans Activist, Lawyer, Professor: Tamara Adrián Hernández

Tamara Adrián Hernández is a transsexual activist living in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. However, what actually makes her stand out is her career as a professor in a faculty of law and as an active lawyer. She is a very well-known activist in South America. Not in her own… »

21.12.2012

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban Ki-moon says unity key to reaching goals

On International Human Solidarity Day, Ban Ki-moon says unity key to reaching goals

20 December – Marking International Human Solidarity Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the benefits of inclusive cooperation, saying that strides made in reducing poverty and advancing democratic freedoms in recent years were proving that point. “We can reach our shared goals if people are able to participate in the… »

18.12.2012

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

The Ukrainian government should condemn homophobic speech and attacks on a peaceful protest in Kiev on December 8, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The rally by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and human rights groups commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10 and protested a… »

10.12.2012

Germany Grapples with Diversity

Germany Grapples with Diversity

By Francesca Dziadek With a persistent undercurrent of discrimination against foreigners, ‘Gastarbeiter’ (guest workers) and citizens of colour, despite the fact that 20 percent of its population – roughly 16 million residents – are from an immigrant background, Germany is faced with the urgent task of rethinking its… »

26.11.2012

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

By Marcela Valente A wide-ranging reform of Argentina’s civil code is looking to replace traditional concepts of parental authority and control with one of parental responsibility, while expressly prohibiting corporal punishment for children and adolescents. “The changes are pursuing a more democratic family, that in… »

23.11.2012

Keeping African Roots Alive in Brazil

Keeping African Roots Alive in Brazil

By Fabiana Frayssinet A Nigerian diviner dances and sings next to a Brazilian priest of the Candomblé religion, brought to this South American country by African slaves, that is now being rescued from oblivion in school texts on national history and culture. He is Jokotoye… »

12.11.2012

LGBT rights: The global struggle for queer freedom

LGBT rights: The global struggle for queer freedom

Homophobic persecution and discrimination is rife in large parts of the world, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still not recognised or protected by international law. Nonetheless, progress towards equality is being made thanks to the defiance and bravery of activists. Over the last two… »

08.11.2012

UN Human Rights Committee Review of Turkey

UN Human Rights Committee Review of Turkey

The collective efforts of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) organizations in Turkey paid off and the UN (United Nations) Human Rights Committee issued its concluding observation on Turkey, covering discrimination against LGBT people. The reports are a compliance review of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one… »

08.11.2012

From Marriage Equality to Legalizing Marijuana, Election Day Ballot Measures Won by Movements

From Marriage Equality to Legalizing Marijuana, Election Day Ballot Measures Won by Movements

While much attention was fixed on the presidential race, the 2012 election also saw voters decide on a series of landmark ballot initiatives at the state level. Advocates of marriage equality ended Tuesday with four out of four victories, as voters legalized same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland, upheld same-sex… »

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