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Decentralised Rural Energy to Meet Energy Needs of Rural Communities and Farmers: Simple, Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Hivos

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Women's Leadership in Peace Building
Conflict, Community and Care
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Africa World Press

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers
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International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment and Peace Building

1410-AWC-ICWL2Hosted by the Association of Women's Clubs in Zimbabwe the International Colloquium was held five years after the first Colloquium hosted by President Sirleaf in Liberia, co-hosted with President Halonen from Finland.

The Colloquium reviewed the progress made to implement the Monrovia Declaration adopted in Liberia in 2009. The Colloquium paid particular attention to the situation of women's leadership and peace-building in Zimbabwe, particularly assessing the space for women in rural settings. The work of the Colloquium focused on the way in which women can negotiate security and protection within society. The Collloquium adopted the Harare Declaration.

The Colloquium continued in The Netherlands, Leiden, as part of the Africa Works! Conference. The Netherlands Colloquium and conference were opened by Minister Julia Duncan - Cassell, Liberia's Minister of Gender and Development, repesenting President Sirleaf. For the text of the speech click here.

A resolution was adopted calling for more women in the leadership to fight against Ebola, noting that 75% of the victims are women. Women are the predominent care-givers of the sick and as a result are at greater risk, yet women are largely absent from leadership postions. The Dutch Minister of Trade and Development announced that Hans Docter had been appointed as the Dutch Envoy on Ebola. An EU Envoy on the fight against Ebola is expected to be appointed by the EU in the coming days.

At the Colloquium a book was presented with a foreword from President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf called "Women's Leadership in Peace Building: Conflict, Community and Care". The book can be ordered from Africa World Press.

Ebola Appeal

ebola-ECMore than eighty academics, politicians and civil society actors have called on the EU to increase its support to address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The appeal to the EU's leaders urges the appointment of a European Special Envoy mandated to ensure an effective engagement by the EU in coordination with other actors.

With the continuing spead of the epidemic in Liberia, Sierre Leone and Guinea proving difficult to contain, the consequences for these countries is already devastating, and will have long term implications for the people and their cultures. The crisis is impacting particularly heavily on women in their role as carers for the family and community. In 2009 the International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building took place in Liberia recognising the crucial role that women played in ending conflict in that country, and in steering the peace towards development. The achievements of the past decade are now threatened by the Ebola crisis.

The appeal has been sent to Presidents of the Commission and European Council, as well as to the political leaders of the EU's member states and is issued under the auspices of the International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building that is taking place in Leiden on 16 and 17 October. Signatories include Professor Mirjam van Reisen, the Rectors of Tilburg University and other Universities, and the President of the Belgian Senate, as well as a number of past government ministers.

Click here to read the appeal

Click here to read a background briefing prepared by The Broker

Click here to see the signatories to the appeal

To add you endorsement to the appeal file in this form

Churches criticise Eritrean government

wccThe degrading state of human rights in Eritrea, and its impact on the lives of thousands of innocent Eritreans is of deep concern according to the World Council of Churches

Read more: Churches criticise Eritrean government

Asylum seekers and refugees start a hunger strike in Israel

One thousand African Asylum Seekers walked out of Israel's Holot Detention Facility in protest of the inhumane conditions and indefinite detention by Israeli authorities, marching to the Egypt-Israel border. They began a hunger strike after having been arrested by the police during their sit-in. 

Read more: Asylum seekers and refugees start a hunger strike in Israel

‘The Human Cost of Fortress Europe’: the new Report by Amnesty International

193186-EUR 050012014  Fortress Europe complete webThe human and economic costs of the Europe's border protection policies has been quantified Amnesty International.  Nearly €4 billion has been spent by the EU for asylum procedures, integration, return of third country nationals and border control over the past 7 years, of which €1,820 million was allocated for border protection. Only €700 million has been used to protect asylum-seekers and refugees in the EU.

Read more: ‘The Human Cost of Fortress Europe’: the new Report by Amnesty International

Media exposure

BBC-mvr-131204Interview on BBC
 Nieuwsuur-mvr-140520bInterview op Nieuwsuur
YouTube SymposiumMarga Klompé Symposium - Tilburg University
Statement Mirjam van Reisen (YouTube)Interview EEPA Director Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen
Statement Meron Estefanos (YouTube)Interview Meron Estefanos
Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen on the legacy of Marga Klompe