21
Mar 17

#CSW61, join the discussion for women’s economic empowerment

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is taking place from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The theme of this year’s event is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. On the UN Women website, you can take part of the latest updates and top stories from the event. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women as to ensure gender parity (Gender equality. 2017). Guterres argues that:

“Generally no one likes to lose positions they have long held, but the reality of gender parity is that many more will be in positions that today are occupied by men. But that’s a good thing.”

The event has indubitably suffered from the devastation of the budget proposal in Washington, D.C released four days in the event, specifying great cuts in fundings to the UN and speakers have also been drawing attention to the empty chairs at the event – a result of the travel ban (Zakaria, 2017). But for now, this let’s have a look at how CSW encourages you to take part of the session yourself by using social media.

With #CSW61, together with hashtags connected to all of the side events taking place, you can follow tweets from the event and discuss women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work with thousands of participants. You can also access the latest information on logistics, the official session and the side-events through @UN_CSW on Twitter and UN_CSW on Facebook, and even follow stories on unwomen Snapchat and Instagram. Continue reading →


24
Jan 17

The Impact of New Media on Southern Cameroon Struggle for Self Determination

The profoundness of new media in political activism, whether in the realm of contentious politics or social movements need to be recognised in a changing world where citizens are shifting their participation in activism from physical to social media platforms. Globalisation of communication technology tools, coupled with a changing awareness of political activism in previously less informed societies, especially developing countries, has changed the political playing field for both governments, social movements, civil society, non-governmental organisations and  citizens interactions in contentious politics and social movement activitie. These dynamics are evident in the Southern Cameroon anglophone movements.  Continue reading →


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