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

This volume presents research and analysis about the role women play as peace builders. Set against the present crises of war, destabilisation, economic downturns, human rights violations and state interventions that have led to unprecedented numbers of refugees in many regions of the world, the contributors look at different contexts in which women constitute an important element of peace building. The volume builds on earlier the earlier work of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Elisabeth Rehn on "Women, War and Peace" (2002).

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The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers

This study looks at what happens to people who are captured, extorted and tortured in the Sinai. Treated as commodities, sold and resold – these people are trafficked. The vocabulary of ‘warehouses’ and ‘auctions’ and the negotiation of the ‘price’ of the hostages is reminiscent of the age of slavery, when the value of people was determined by their market price.
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Are rich countries trying to muzzle Unctad?

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MDG--UNCTAD--shipping-con-007In February, the UN's counterweight to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank fired off a withering critique of the global financial system, calling for fundamental reform as part of a new deal that can "lift all boats" in rich and poor countries alike.

The report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), entitled Development-led globalisation, had no qualms about taking potshots at the IMF and the World Bank. It said the first priority is "taming finance", arguing that leaving markets to regulate themselves is both ineffectual and costly.

But Unctad's supporters fear the organisation will be muzzled if rich countries have their way. Last week, former Unctad staff accused rich countries of wanting to remove the organisation's mandate to analyse global finance – effectively removing a dissenting voice in the debate on economic policy.

Click here to read the full article on The Guardian