Daily Archives: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum

International Women’s Day is approaching on 8 March, and this year’s global theme will be The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.
We should celebrate the progress we achieved in terms of the rights of women, but remain vigilant and persistent for further sustainable change.

The theme fits well with UNHCR’s ongoing efforts to promote greater understanding, awareness and commitment to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This year our focus will be on the promotion of the collection and dissemination of good practices being developed in the field. The Gender Equality Unit collected a number of practices which focus on the rights of women last year. And UNHCR wants to encourage all operations to continue sharing practices with us – both as a part of International Women’s Day and on an ongoing basis as new practices are developed – as a way to inspire and motivate…

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The Detention Forum

13 Feb 2013

TheDetention Forum is a network of over 30 NGOs working to challenge the legitimacy of the immigration detention system as used in the UK today.  Having agreed its joint strategy, it will become a membership-based network from May 2013. 

One of its Working Groups, the Working Group on Vulnerable People, is looking for a volunteer researcher who will help the Group’s project, ‘Vulnerability in detention: policy and practice’.  

More information about this research project is available here: VPWG research proposal

If you are interested, please contact Ali McGinley, Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) ali.mcginley@aviddetention.org.uk or Nic Eadie, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) nic@gdwg.org.uk .

Applications should take the form of a CV, covering letter outlining your relevant experience and suitability, and an example of your written work. It should reach us before the 1st March.


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Egyptian Streets

“I can no longer walk – or even drive – anywhere without receiving a dirty comment or without feeling scared that I may be attacked at any moment.”  Those were the comments of one female university graduate on life as a woman in Egypt.

“It’s disgusting and makes me feel like I am walking around naked!” said another female who happens to be veiled. “The abuse impacts all women of Cairo. Whether you are wearing the hijab, the niqab, or whether you are not veiled…women are harassed no matter what!”

This is the sexual terrorism that women across Egypt go through each day. Statistics released reveal that more than 90% of Egypt’s women – regardless of the neighborhood they live in – have encountered sexual harassment: grand-mothers, mothers, daughters – no one is off limits.

While driving in the relatively ‘upscale’ Heliopolis, I noticed a bunch of youth who had…

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Call For Papers: Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

Call For Papers: Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

REFUGE vol. 29(2)
Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement
Guest Editors:  Pablo S. Bose and Elizabeth Lunstrum

This special issue will explore the phenomenon of environmentally induced displacement (EID).  From climate change to extractive industries, from ‘natural’ disasters to increased urbanization, from conservation to mega-projects, landscapes and peoples’ place on them are being transformed at an unprecedented scale across the globe.  We suggest that these as well as many other processes provoke specific forms of environmentally induced displacement and forced migration, confronting communities with the loss of their land and other vital resources.  Many of the most affected groups are often vulnerable to begin with, lacking secure rights and access to resources and to formal recourse once these are jeopardized.  This special issue explores the phenomenon of EID through both conceptual as well as empirical work.  We invite submissions that address a range of questions such as: What constitutes environmental displacement?  What practices and discourses help to organize and rationalize these processes?  What are the demographic impacts of environmental displacement?  How have various local and international actors responded to environmentally induced displacement?  What are some of the definitional debates regarding ‘environmental refugees’ and their place within the international protection system?

Successful submissions may come from a wide range of conceptual backgrounds concerned with environmentally induced displacement. A variety of research interests will be explored with the objective of providing theoretical and practical insights on matters such as adaptation and internal coping strategies, livelihoods and sustainable development, prevention prospects, disaster risk management, regional concerns, cross-border legal implications, humanitarian responses, state action and inaction, and environmentally induced versus other forms of displacement (e.g. conflict, developmental, etc).

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome. REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style  guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2013

For further information, please contact: the Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, York Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3

e-mail:  refuge@yorku.ca 
web:     www.yorku.ca/refuge