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Cyber Mum: the fate of a family between El Salvador and the USA

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Millions of children grow up without their parents who take up perilous journeys in search for jobs abroad in quest for better earnings to maintain their families back home. Most of the time it is the grandparents who step in to raise the children and take over the parental responsibilities.

This is true for Doña Morena. Aged 60, Doña Morena saw her daughter off to the US, who had left in a quest for a better paying job to afford the support for her three children in the capital of El Salvador, San Salvador. “Cyber-Mum” is a short movie that depicts an excerpt in the lives of the three children and their grandmother back home. A contribution by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung El Salvador Office, the documentary is part of a series produced with the support of the global portal by FES on migration, flight and integration available here (link in German).


"The economy needs more carers" - Prof. Julie A. Nelson

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Julie A. Nelson, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts in Boston (USA), uses the notion “husbandry” to debunk a myth of mainstream economics that rejects the household as an economic unit and valuates business and markets based on profit maximisation, competition and self-interest. In so doing, according to prof. Nelson, mainstream economics ignores a human-aspect of the economy which includes care work.

“My role is trying to get people realize that the economic myths are made by economists and they don’t have to believe them” – Julie A. Nelson. Play the video to find out more.


Werner Puschra: the Left and peace solution in Israel

What kind of society does the left in Israel want to build and how can this vision be implemented?

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Werner Puschra, Resident Director of FES Israel office calls for a broad social coalition to fight for social justice and help achieving a strategy towards a two-state solution. Watch in its entirety, Puschra’s speech delivered November 13, 2016 at the opening of the Israeli Left in cooperation with Peace Now.


Social Movements in Time of Austerity

What can political economy approach bring to the analysis of social movements emerging since the 2008 financial crises?

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Listen to the highlights of a keynote speech by prof. Donatella della Porta to discover challenges for progressive politics and possible lines for political action towards new alliances of solidarity for democracy and social justice.

Drawing on her book Social Movements in Times of Austerity (Polity Press, 2015), prof. Donatella della Porta considers transformations of capitalism to understand the social changes behind protest movements in 7 European countries, the specific coalitions of affected interest and the new forms of democracy that have emerged. Traditional social movements theory and research practice, she argues, cannot explain the character of the protest movements that ensued after the 2008 financial crises. Findings from Iceland to Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus, point to similarities with movements in historic periods characterized by primitive accumulation of capital and rise of new class conflicts. These characteristics broaden the analytic tool conventional social movement theory uses to explain protest movements and learn more about social change.


Youth and Politics: Do you engage with politics on the internet?

Do young people engage in political debates on the internet? How important do they find democracy?

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In September 2016, on the occasion of the publication of the new study „young – political – engaged?” by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V., DJI), young people in Berlin and Stuttgart were interviewed on the streets to find out what politics means to them.


Youth and Politics: Are you politically active?

Are young people politically engaged? What do young people wish from today’s politics and what are they willing to do to make this come true?

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In September 2016, on the occasion of the publication of the new study „young – political – engaged?” by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V., DJI), young people in Berlin and Stuttgart were interviewed on the streets to find out what politics means to them.


Video sequence of speech by Kate Pickett at FES congress "More equality"

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„We have no reasons at all why even a bit of inequality is good for us,“ concludes Kate Pickett in her speech on the consequences of social inequality, part of “More equality. Economically inevitable. Politically indispensable. Socially just,” a congress organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in November 2016. Kate Pickett, professor at the University of York and co-author of the newly published book “The Spirit-Level” argues that more political action should be channelled against social inequality, which not only endangers democracy and social cohesion, but also puts economic growth as well as society’s wealth and health at risk.


Video sequence with Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector in South Africa

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Being an innovative institution, granted and anchored in the South African Constitution, a Public Protector serves as a democratic tool for its citizens to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Thuli Madonsela, herself a former Public Protector, sheds light on the importance of giving people the feeling that their voices are heard, and how this enhances trust in democratic institutions.


“We can expect hard times in Poland for gender equality.”

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With the election of Andrzej Duda as president and the parliamentary election resulting in forty percent of the votes in favour of the right-wing “Law and Justice”-party, Poland has experienced a strong political shift to the right. For progressive policies like the promotion of gender equality, the new political context herald difficult times. Have a look at what Dorota Szelewa, assistant lecturer at the University of Warsaw has to say about the new political context and what it specifically means for gender equality in Poland.


Public lecture by Gita Sen "Women's Work in India"

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While India´s economy continues to grow, the subcontinent is facing a constant decline of women labour participation. In cooperation with the University of Calcutta, FES India Office organised a public lecture on “Women’s work in India in the early 21st century: the miner’s canary?” which was led by Gita Sen, Professor of Global Health and Population at Harvard University. Professor Sen argues that the decline of India´s women labour participation rates hints to structural problems.

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