In this Network we report on a conference for CSOs in the Arab region to forge common strategies in times of democratic transition. In Kenya we visited a workshop where women’s leadership and masculinity were discussed. In Pakistan our partner NOW Communities calls for the deweapenisation of Karachi. And a lot of good news from our partners in Israel, Afghanistan and Uganda.
civil society in transition times - 15 jun 2012
Democratic transition in the Arab region brings a lot of chances and challenges to civil society organizations. Oxfam Novib recently organized a conference for CSO’s in the MENA region to forge common strategies to respond to pushbacks from governments and political elites against demands for democratic reform.
women’s leadership and masculinity - 15 jun 2012
Does the increase in women’s income also empower women? And in what way are men disadvantaged by policies focussed on women? These were some of the issues partners of Oxfam Novib and other local organisations discussed in a two-day meeting in Kinshasa last January.
towards quality educators - 15 jun 2012
Oxfam Novib and Education International recently released ‘Guidelines Towards a National Competence Profile for Primary Teachers’. The Guidelines aim to inform stakeholders involved in competence-based education policies. They are particularly relevant for those who seek to develop competence profiles and standards at a national level across the primary teaching profession.
big success for Bimkom - 15 jun 2012
A big success for Oxfam Novib’s partner Bimkom in Israel. In February an Israeli Civil Administration planning committee rejected a proposal to legalise the West Bank outpost of Sansana. The decision is expected to have major implications for government efforts to legalise other unauthorised outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Afghan girl boxing at the Games - 15 jun 2012
Sadaf Rahimi (17), one of the stars of The Boxing Girls of Kabul, is taking part in the Olympic Games in London. She received a wildcard for the sport event. Rahimi is hoping that her achievements at the Games will be an example to her country’s women and men.