The “Shadow Pandemic” and its implications for the MENA-region: Domestic violence on the rise

Silently, a “Shadow pandemic” has begun amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Worldwide, a rise in domestic violence has been recorded since the outbreak of COVID-19. Women in the MENA-region find themselves especially at risk. Even before COVID-19, the Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide, …

SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemens’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

UNSCR 1325 and nuclear weapons: the necessity of gendered (non)proliferation policy-making

        Despite the possibility of nuclear war, nuclear (non)proliferation remains an underrepresented field in the discussion on gender and conflict. On first sight, gender seems irrelevant in nuclear policy-making, given the indiscriminate suffering they cause. However, women are more heavily affected by nukes, and the power play …

The International Women, Peace and Security Policy Framework

As in all politics, in the United Nations Security Council, language is power. Gender-sensitive language is thus fundamental for gender empowerment. A successful implementation of the WPS (“Women, Peace and Security”) agenda requires that every peacekeeping operation is equipped with a proper mandate to do so. However, the inclusion of …

Women, Peace And Security —Challenges And Opportunities In Light Of The Corona Pandemic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It addresses how women and girls are differentially impacted by conflict and recognizes the critical role that women can and already do play in peace building efforts. As the world gets ready to deal with …

Demokratie in Krisenzeiten

Partizipation der Zivilgesellschaft als unverzichtbares Instrument im Ausnahmezustand Demokratische Regierungen müssen in Krisenzeiten intensiv den Dialog mit der Zivilgesellschaft suchen, um nicht an Legitimität zu verlieren. Dabei gilt es, bereits vorhandene Strukturen in der Einbindung von Interessengruppen unbedingt zu nutzen und auszubauen, um gestärkt aus einer aktuellen Krise hervorzugehen und …

COVID-19: An Unfriendly Reminder That Self-Regulation Will Not Save the Climate

Crises can warrant the limitation of individual freedoms for the sake of common goods and conflicting individual rights. In fact, States have the responsibility to protect persons under their jurisdiction. To stop COVID-19 from spreading freely, significant restrictions now apply to, inter alia, the human rights to freedom of movement, …

The Global Virus Pandemic: An urgent Call to discard Humanity’s Claim of Mastery of Nature and the Human

This is the end My only friend The Doors The global spread of the Covid-19 disease within only a few weeks is only the most recent episode that emphasizes the fragility of our world. So far, phenomena such as natural disasters or the global financial crisis already indicated that we …