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#UnionsTransform: Innovative unionism in the construction sector

Construction workers in the Asian-Pacific region suffer from poor labour standards and have been struggling to organise themselves in order to fight for better working conditions. Building and Wood Workers International is particularly active in taking a stand for the construction workers in Qatar and have made significant progress.

#UnionsTransform: How to link formal and informal workers in unions

Organising informal workers is a big challenge for societies world-wide. Especially the transport sector is characterized by fierce competition and often horrific working conditions. In Uganda transport workers have been able to organize and establish a Union, a success to draw inspiration from.

#UnionsTransform: Trade Unions and Gender

As in many other places, women are often underrepresented in Trade Unions. Trade Unions are therefore trying to organise women workers and take new measures to improve gender equality within their organisations. Improving women representation can have a big impact on the success of trade unions and for achieving the necessary changes in various areas.

#UnionsTransform: Challenges for Trade Unions in Asia

Building trade union power is one of the challenges workers in Asia are faced with. To address this challenge trade unions are looking at new and innovative ways to apply their power resources. By doing so they pave the ground for new successes.


Street Vendors in India: Through unity we gain strength

Rekha is one among million street vendors that make the membership base of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI). Join her as she tells the story of a successful action of street vendors organizing in India.


Struggles, demands and innovation in Latin American feminism today

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At the end of November 2017, feminists from all over Latin America came together in Santiago, Chile, to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities that feminism faces in their countries today. In the process, they found differences but also various similarities in their daily struggles. In this video, feminists from several countries and different generations give testimony of this, from Bolivia (Adriana Guzmán), Costa Rica (Gabriela Gómez), Ecuador (Giaconda Herrera), Chile (Luna Follegati), Mexico (Mayeli Sánchez), Salvador (Morena Herrera) and Cuba (Sandra Álvarez).


Feminism in Asia: Women and media

Sharmee from Bangladesh talks about gender and media and her plan to develop an app to rate gender-sensitivity of media, as part of the PolFem Asia project. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. This video from Bangladesh is the first of three videos.

Feminism in Asia: Women and governance

Bharati talks about gender and governance and the challenges women faced in the last decades. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. The second part of this series is from Nepal.

Feminism in Asia: Feminism in party politics and trade unions

Mylene talks about women’s participation and representation in politics and trade unions and how she brings the labour and feminist movement together with her working group in the PolFem Asia project. Social injustice and inequality need a feminist response. In this video series on Political Feminism FES features feminists who share their experiences and visions for Asia. The third video gives insights from the Philippines.


Riding the Silk Road: Security considerations

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In political and academic discourse, most of the attention on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has focused on the economic implications of the undertaking. What implications emerge if we consider its security dimension? Richard Ghiasy of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute shares his insights on the under researched security dimension of China's BRI on the sidelines of a regional workshop on the security implications of BRI's maritime segment that was held in Yangon (Myanmar), in February 2018. The workshop was part of a global forum series organized by SIPRI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Asia to fill the gap on the under researched security implications of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Riding the Silk Road: China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

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Myanmar is China's closest link to the Indian Ocean, which makes the country strategically important for the maritime segment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, especially with the two countries propelling the China-Myanmar economic corridor in 2017. Former Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein and Chariman of the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies shares insights on the sidelines of a regional workshop on the security implications of BRI’s maritime segment that was held in Yangon (Myanmar), in February 2018. The workshop was part of a global forum series organized by SIPRI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Asia to fill the gap on the under researched security implications of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Riding the Silk Road: Europe’s response and role

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In a moment when Europe is busy with Brexit, financial instability, migration and rise of right-wing populism, what long-term interests and role does the European Union have to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a large infrastructural undertaking that seeks to reactivate the legendary Silk Roads. Shada Islam, Director of Policy at Friends from Europe shares her insights on the sidelines of a regional workshop on the security implications of BRI’s maritime route that was held in Yangon (Myanmar) in February 2018. The workshop was part of a global forum series organized by SIPRI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Asia to fill the gap on the under researched security implications of the BRI.


Riding the Silk Road: China's promises

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China's BRI is a large infrastructural undertaking that seeks to reactivate the legendary Silk Roads. Now five years old, the brainchild of the world’s second largest economy has stirred a range of reactions and effects. What promise does it hold in the eyes of China? Dr. Liu Youfa, Senior Fellow at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies shares his insights on the sidelines of a regional workshop on the security implications of BRI’s maritime route that was held in in Yangon (Myanmar), in February 2018. The workshop was part of a global forum series organized by SIPRI and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Asia to fill the gap on the under researched security implications of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Implementing Access to Information in Africa: Moving Forward Together

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This animated film offers a solid overview of the steps and actors necessary to ensure that an effective implementation of access to information legislation becomes a reality. The film was initiated and supported by fesmedia Africa, the media project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on the continent of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and produced by Joe Vision Production.


Accessing Information in Africa: It's your Right

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Exercising one's right to information is the oxygen for democracy. It is increasingly recognised as a prerequisite for transparency and accountability of governments; a means of safeguarding citizens against mismanagement and corruption, and facilitating people's ability to make informed decisions about their lives and for society. Watch this movie initiated and supported by fesmedia Africa, the media project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on the continent.


"Youth gears-up for communal politics"

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Gereon Schüller and Denis Newiak were among the participants at seminar series for youth in communal politics "Young-committed-successful! KommunalAkademie Compact" organised by the Kommunal Akademie of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bonn. A city council member and researcher, Gereon and Denis are committed to their cities, they are eager in making a change through municipal policies and therefore came to attend the first out of four modules in a series of seminars for local politicians and activists.


"We need more women in local politics"

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On 22nd September, the Kommunal Akademie of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the first in a series of four seminars "Young-committed-successful! KommunalAkademie Compact" committed to enable and empower young citizens engaged in municipal politics. The four seminar modules will assist and provide youth with useful tools and knowledge for their everyday work in communal politics.
Nicole Sander, mayor of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid belongs to the 10% of women that occupy this position. As guest speaker at the first module, she shared insights on her work as mayor. We talked to her about her experiences and the challenges women face in local politics.

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