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Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdruckung













Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdrückung
Editors: Katja Buck, Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: EMW - Evangelisches Missionswerk in Deutschland

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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

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

The conference in Brussels on May 31, hosted by MEP Thijs Berman brought together Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro, members of the European Parliament and senior representatives from the European Commission, non-governmental organisations and national ministries.

The conference presented a number of programmes supported by The Netherlands , including Social Watch, based in Montevideo, 'Communities of Change', supported by Cordaid, a Dutch development organisation, and 'Partners in South-South Cooperation' based in Costa Rica. "South-South cooperation is a visionary idea that is starting to pay off today. Due to their first-hand familiarity with the problems on the ground, actors in South-South cooperation can be more efficient and effective in identifying and implementing solutions," expressed Castro. "South-South cooperation increases the cost effectiveness, promotes the transfer of appropriate technologies and ensures local ownership, leadership and capacity building," he added. The European Union's structured dialogue aims to increase the effectiveness of all stakeholders involved in EU development cooperation by agreeing specific roles for all actors and by aligning their strategies and programmes. Through this process the European Commission hopes to strengthen their partnership with civil society organisations and local authorities worldwide.

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Under the Title 'Organising Inclusive Ownership - The EU's Structured Dialogue to strenghten cooperation with Non State Actors in the South'a high level conference took place in the Dutch Parliament (30 May).

The conference in The Hague on May 30, hosted by Dutch MP Sjoera Dikkers,was attended by Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro, senior representatives from Non Governmental Organizations and the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

The conference explored new and promising development cooperation approaches, such as South-South cooperation.

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EEPA Director Mirjam van Reisen and Daniel R. Mekonnen examine in this paper  the relationship between gender and traditional and modern conceptions of gender identities during the war and the subsequent regression to submissive gender roles for women in the period of independence. “What has gone wrong” is the question to be answered in this paper.

The paper is submitted to the 10th Annual International Conference held between 23-25 September 2011 in Lund, Sweden.

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On July 2011, the proceedings of the Symposium “Diversity, Gender and Discrimination in the Spaces” were published by the International Research Centre for Intercultural Studies (C.I.R.S.I). Prof Mirjam van Reisen and Dr Daniel R Mekonnen’s paper entitled “Exploring New Spaces for Women in Transitional Justice in Eritrea and Zimbabwe” was successfully received and selected for publication during the Symposium.

Eritrea and Zimbabwe are African countries which suffer from perilous cycles of violence. Albeit with a varying degree of severity, the two countries have seen egregious violations of international law, including the perpetration of core international crimes such as gender-based violations (i.e. rape, sexual assault). As a result, girls and women constitute one of the major groups of victims of human rights violations in these countries. Taking Zimbabwe and Eritrea as forthcoming African models of transitional justice, this paper explores the need to advance a gender-sensitive approach in the transitional justice agendas of these two countries. The discussion in this regard is based on national, regional and international commitments with regard to the promotion of women’s rights, such as UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820, which call for the meaningful involvement of women in all such processes.

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From from 21 to 25 June 2011, senior and emerging scholars from political science and international relations were invited to discuss the nexus of religion, gender, identity, human rights and politics at the European Science Foundation Conference (ESF-LiU) in Sweden (Scandic Linköping Vast). The conference entitled “Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies” gathered many scholar across disciplines to fill a gap in current literature on religion, politics and society, which tends to ignore or treat as secondary the gendered dimensions of these developments.

During the conference, the paper “Religious Persecution in Eritrea and the role of the European Union in tackling the challenge” written by Doctor Daniel R Mekonnen and Professor Mirjam van Reisen was successfully presented and warmly received.

Click here to download the paper - “Religious Persecution in Eritrea and the role of the European Union in tackling the challenge”

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation of the paper.

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On 29 November 2010, Judith Sargentini, member of the European Parliament (MEP) hosted the European Parliamentary hearing on “Eritrea: Refugees, Child Soldiers and European Policy”. The hearing gathered many experts on Eritrea including Human rights activists, researchers and journalists in two panels to discuss (i) the situation of Eritrean refugees, the Eritrean Diaspora - EU policy, and (ii) EU policy towards Eritrea and the Horn, in view of political prisoners, child soldiers and United Nation Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1907.

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Report of the Hearing in the European Parliament: Zimbabwe — Women's Voices, held in Brussels on 6 October 2010.

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