Day: November 23, 2023

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

ICLD is supporting the annual international campaign, “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, aligning with our commitment to promoting gender equality and human rights. Starting on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and concluding on 10 December, Human Rights Day, the campaign aims to raise awareness and mobilize action to end gender-based violence.

As part of our dedication to this cause, during the 16 days, ICLD will highlight various initiatives and individuals contributing to ending violence against women and girls in their communities. These individuals are or have been part of our programmes.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent and pervasive human rights violations. One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term physical, sexual, and mental consequences for women and girls can be devastating, including death.

There is #NoExcuse for gender-based violence! Together, we can make a difference and contribute to the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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About the campaign:

The campaign 16 Days of Activism again GBV started by activists at the inauguration of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General launched in 2008 the campaign UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism. Every year, the UNITE Campaign focuses on a specific theme. Read more

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Nine Master’s Students Awarded ICLD’s Fieldwork Grant

Nine master’s students studying at Swedish universities are awarded ICLD’s Fieldwork Grant for 2023. The students will conduct field studies in Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Colombia, Philippines and Guatemala during the spring of 2024.

The 22nd November the students participated in an introductory workshop at Lund University where they presented their proposals to receive feedback on how to further sharpen their research. The workshop was also an opportunity to get to know ICLD, learn how their research ties to local democracy, and how it may be relevant for local governments. 

The students will be travelling to Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Colombia, Philippines and Guatemala. Three projects outside ICLD’s partner countries have been accepted due to the opportunity to generate knowledge on topics that are relevant for ICLD partners.

The students’ research projects connect to ICLD’s core values of equity, participation, transparency and accountability. They cover relevant themes such as climate adaptation, citizen participation and women’s political representation. Each thesis shall contribute to the understanding of how local democracy and local governance can contribute to achieving sustainable development and poverty reduction. 

We wish the students the very best as they proceed with their fieldwork and data collection. 

The recipients are:

Angela Gathoni Kinyanjui, Lund University, Development Studies. “Analysing Governance Challenges in Responding to Climate Displacement in Ruiru, Kenya” (Kenya)

Angelica Vera Vargas, Lund University, Development Studies. “Reconceptualizing Territorial Peace from the Urban Periphery: A multidimensional study of youth experiences in Medellín’s largest informal settlement” (Colombia)

Annika Burkhardt, Lund University, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation. “The role of trust in achieving sustainable community-based disaster risk management and individual preparedness: A case study of two communities in the Philippines” (Philippines)

Borbála Bretus, Lund University, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. “Sustainable livelihoods under emerging coastal risks in Ghana: A study on actors, places, and accelerated solutions for participatory climate adaptation” (Ghana)

Franco Causarano, University of Gothenburg, International Administration and Global Governance. “Corruption, Indigenous Mobilization, and the Socio-Political Crisis in Guatemala: An examination of threats to democratic transition” (Guatemala)

Jiepeng Wu and Andreas Falk, Royal Institute of Technology, Integrated Design. “Designing Community Connection: Inspiring the future of Linga Linga’s community center through service design” (Mozambique)

Laura Andrea De Alba Huerta, Uppsala University, Human Rights. “Fostering Women’s Involvement in Local Democracy: The role of occupational therapy in Colombia’s female political participation” (Colombia)

Esther Wairimu Mburu Bohman, Linköping University, Ethnic and Migration Studies. “Unearthing the Invisible Squatters! Colonial Legacy, Local Democracy, and the Quest for Human Rights in Land Dispossession Saga by Kakuzi PLC in Makuyu, Murang’a County” (Kenya)

For more information about the grant and how to apply, please check ICLD’s page for the Fieldwork Grant.

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