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Feminism – accomplishments and challenges

Feminism – accomplishments and challenges

The feminist movement has a long and complex history, with big and small accomplishments in each country and region. In this first part of the feminism mini-series, we discuss these accomplishments, but also shed a light on the challenges it still faces today.
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The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

Have you ever checked that annoying tag that dangles from your clothes? The one saying “made in...”? What we wear can either represent an inconvenient truth of exploitation and environmental pollution or a source of sustainable economic growth, depending on our consumer choices. Do you want to know more about the world of fashion, understand what “made in” means and play an active part in the fashion revolution?
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Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

More and more countries are struggling with falling birth rates. What are they doing to counter declining population growth? Do this kind of measures work? And are declining populations really a problem?
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The dangers of activism in Honduras

The dangers of activism in Honduras

Honduras is an extremely dangerous place to be an activist. Between 2010 and 2017 alone, 120 activists were murdered, and many others were threatened, attacked or imprisoned. Who are these brave communities that stand up for their human and environmental rights?
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EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

After Europe saw the biggest influx of refugees in years, the EU closed a deal with Libya to break the business of smugglers and prevent refugees from dying at sea. But according to critics, the Libya deal has led to human rights abuses, crimes in which the EU would be complicit. What is the Libya deal and why is it bad?
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Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

Female genital mutilation; stats, obstacles and solutions in 2019

While the prevalence of female genital mutilation is decreasing in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, its prevalence in Western Countries is growing. How prevalent is this horrendous practice, and what is needed to eradicate it?
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Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

As Salvadorans cast their votes in the presidential election on 3 February, El Salvador might just end a decade of left politics. Will this Central American country elect its first right wing politician, Nayib Bukele? And what are his plans for his country exactly?
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‘I have faith in our generation’; youth march for climate justice in Brussels

‘I have faith in our generation’; youth march for climate justice in Brussels

The last few Thursdays, Brussels’ streets have been flooded with students who skip school to march for climate justice. The third march, held 24 January, attracted 32,000 people.
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The struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

The struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

Judging from headlines, women's rights seem to be advancing in Saudi Arabia. But the story of Rahaf Mohamed al-Qunun paints a different picture. She recently escaped Saudi Arabia because of the threat of arranged marriage and violence. What is really happening with women's rights in Saudi Arabia?
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Putting an end to family homelessness in the Czech Republic

Putting an end to family homelessness in the Czech Republic

While the Czech economy is growing, more and more people are without stable housing. Czech cities are now taking matters into their own hands by tackling homelessness through a new and inventive programme.
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Current Affairs

Feminism – accomplishments and challenges

The feminist movement has a long and complex history, with big and small accomplishments in each country and region. In this first part of the feminism mini-series, we discuss these accomplishments, but also shed a light on the challenges it still faces today.

The Fashion Revolution: who made your clothes?

Have you ever checked that annoying tag that dangles from your clothes? The one saying “made in...”? What we wear can either represent an inconvenient truth of exploitation and environmental pollution or a source of sustainable economic growth, depending on our consumer choices. Do you want to know more about the world of fashion, understand what “made in” means and play an active part in the fashion revolution?

Declining birth rates; problem or solution?

More and more countries are struggling with falling birth rates. What are they doing to counter declining population growth? Do this kind of measures work? And are declining populations really a problem?

The dangers of activism in Honduras

Honduras is an extremely dangerous place to be an activist. Between 2010 and 2017 alone, 120 activists were murdered, and many others were threatened, attacked or imprisoned. Who are these brave communities that stand up for their human and environmental rights?

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EU policies and human rights abuses in Libya

After Europe saw the biggest influx of refugees in years, the EU closed a deal with Libya to break the business of smugglers and prevent refugees from dying at sea. But according to critics, the Libya deal has led to human rights abuses, crimes in which the EU would be complicit. What is the Libya deal and why is it bad?

People casting a vote

Elections in El Salvador: shifting from left to right?

As Salvadorans cast their votes in the presidential election on 3 February, El Salvador might just end a decade of left politics. Will this Central American country elect its first right wing politician, Nayib Bukele? And what are his plans for his country exactly?

The struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

Judging from headlines, women's rights seem to be advancing in Saudi Arabia. But the story of Rahaf Mohamed al-Qunun paints a different picture. She recently escaped Saudi Arabia because of the threat of arranged marriage and violence. What is really happening with women's rights in Saudi Arabia?

Contraceptives: a tool to fight poverty?

Recently, some programs have started to offer free contraceptives to women in order to decrease poverty. But can contraceptives really decrease poverty by reducing unintended pregnancies?

Breaking down coffee; Starbucks and stereotypes

Ever since Starbucks opened its first store in Italy, public opinion has been divided on whether or not Starbucks has a place in the Italian coffee culture. Elisa Rossetti examines the relevancy of the arguments for and against.

Books every Idealist should read

Even though there are millions of books out there, it can sometimes feel as if there are no new books to read. To make sure your bookshelves are stocked for the next few months, we composed a list of books that every Idealist should read.