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The work of the future

We must start talking about asymmetry to address the challenges digitalization poses to the work of the future in Latin America.What actions are needed to render a growing digitalized society in Latin America socially just, inclusive and people-centered? In this video, Victor Báez Mosqueira, General Secretary of the Trade Union Confederation of the America's (TUCA), fleshes out the challenges that the continent faces entering into the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In October, he was in Bogotá to participate in a workshop on "Women and the Future of Work" jointly organized by TUCA and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. For more information on the work by FES supporting regional workers' organizations in Latin America visit the regional trade union project FES Sindical.

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An ode to what should be done with the SDGs that have begun

"The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs”. This is the main message of the new report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018: Exploring New Policy Pathways by the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the report is the most extensive independent evaluation of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read the full report here: www.2030spotlight.org.

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Nuclear disarmament and arms control ― German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the Tiergarten Conference

The Tiergarten Conference is the annual congress of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung that deals with international, foreign and security policies. Since 2012, policymakers and international experts come together to discuss and analyze strategic issues of global concern in order to develop progressive options for action.

This year German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was part of it. He called upon the international community for a bigger commitment and stronger engagement in ensuring the global disarmament process and arms control.
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Europe's dilemma after US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

Joost Hiltermann, Programme director of the Middle East and North Africa department at the International Crisis Group, assesses the difficult decisions the EU and Iran will have to make in order to rescue the Iran nuclear deal in the future. Both might have to diversify their relations in the global architecture.
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Slow & Steady: Continuous Mainstreaming of Right-Wing Extremism

Radical right-wing extremism is on the rise in the United States, Europe and Germany. In May 2018, experts met in New Orleans to hash out how the radical right trends came to be and how the movements are intertwined across borders. Heidi Beirich (Southern Poverty Law Center), Thomas Greven (Freie Universität Berlin) and Rafal Pankowski (Never Again Association, Poland) discuss at a panel organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung as part of the FES project "Against right-wing extremism."
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Pride flags flutter at World Cup 2018

LGBT and human rights activists in Russia are organizing around the World Cup 2018 to create open spaces for the LGBT community within the country. Hate crimes against LGBT+ people in Russia doubled in five years from 2012 to 2017. Alexander Agapov, president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation explains how mega sports events can bring positive changes in contemporary football for the LGBT community in Russia.
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Yannia and Jaminton leave home

Most refugees worldwide do not seek safety abroad, but remain in their own country as internally displaced persons. This is also the case with the couple Jaminton und Yannia, who were displaced twice due to violence and civil war in Colombia. This short film tells their story.
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Return

The film "Return" is about a young Croatian woman's flight to Germany and her eventual return to her home town. Lana Mayer, now 36, had to leave her home as a twelve-year-old due to the military conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Since then, Mayer stresses, "time is divided into before the war and after the war". A film tells her story.
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"Move" - Why do people leave their home

Three persons reflect upon migration. They all live in Namibia but have left their village, country or continent for different reasons. By interviewing these three migrants, the short movie discusses reasons for migration, European double standards, imbalance of power and migration as a right and natural phenomenon.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Struggles, demands and innovation in Latin American feminism today

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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Riding the Silk Road

Security considerations

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.
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China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

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.
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Europe’s response and role

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.
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China's promises

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.
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Implementing Access to Information in Africa: Moving Forward Together

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.
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