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In 2014, there were more wars than in any year since the start of the millennium. The number of political conflicts now stands at 424, of which 223 are violent conflicts, and 21 are wars (based on the conflict barometer of the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research). That number is unlikely to decrease in 2015.

Conflicts have changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. They have become more confused, very often involve non-state actors and increasingly affect the civil population. Violence affects all areas of the population, but especially women and girls. However, the public rarely hears about the situation of women in armed conflicts. The abduction of 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram and the resulting social media campaign under the hashtag #bringbackourgirls was one of the rare moments in recent years. The reporting on the fate of the Yazidis in Iraq, kidnapped by the socalled „Islamic State“, was another. …

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Forgotten Wars
Rape victimes in Walikale demand the prosecution of their rapists – Photo: Simone Schlindwein

Democratic Republic of Congo: A society out of control

More women are raped in Congo than in any other …

„Stop Boko Haram” reads this sign that a man in Chad holds in his hands. As Cameroon, Chad also suffers from Boko Haram’s raids and attacks. Thousands of refugees from Nigeria live in these two neighbouring countries – Photo: Reuters

In the shadow of the storm: Cameroon‘s women step-up against violence

There are many conflicts to choose from in Central Africa.

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Female refugees demonstrate in 2014 in Munich against the compulsory internment of women and children – Photo: picturealliance

„Then just lock yourself in“ – female refugees in Germany

„Refugee ship“ is written on the tarpaulin that covers a massive raft made of tree trunks …

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Fartuun Adan promotes women‘s rights in Somalia. She is the winner of the Human Rights Award of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2014 – Photo: Elman Peace and Human Rights Center

„You‘re never safe in Somalia“

An interview with the women‘s rights activist Fartuun Adan.

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Demography as a battle cry

According to statistics, the birth rate in 2012 was an average of 1.38 children per woman. …

Not being online is no longer possible

The internet has become an expansion of the public sphere, and also of private exchange. …

To the very top? Women in management positions

The quota for women on supervisory boards in major DAX-listed companies has been decided on and is coming in 2016. …

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12-13 November 2015, Berlin:

European Conference: What is at stake for women in Europe?


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Human Rights and Sustainable Development:

The Beacons for Lightening New Paths for the Future in Financing Development …

The question of the constitutionality of opening marriage up to same-sex couples

A Thankfully, nobody is forced to get married any more, but …

Inside the Gap 2/3:

Time for family and career – What mothers and fathers want

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We Do Gender

Dr Cäcilie Schildberg is the advisor on gender in the International Development Cooperation department of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin – Photo: Jens Schicke

The Global Policy and Development section in the International Development Cooperation department

In an interview, Dr Cäcilie Schildberg, the person responsible for gender issues in the Global Policy and Development section, explains how work on the issue of gender stands at a global level and what particular topics are currently being worked on.. ...

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Dr. Stefanie Elies


Forum Politik und Gesellschaft


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