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#FirstWedsDebates: Gender Based Violence and The State: What Are The Lessons From Global Struggles?

This December’s Debate is being held as part of the global campaign to mark the ’16 Days of Action on GBV’. State actors often act with impunity as transgressors of human rights norms and/or often fail to deliver justice against perpetrators of violence, especially when conducted against socially and economically marginalized groups. Bolstered by their powerful positions, State actors use violence and the threat

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From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies

On the 10th June Comhlámh’s Research and Policy Officer Siobán O’Brien Green attended “From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies” a research workshop in Trinity college Dublin. The workshop was organised by Development Studies in Ireland (DSAI) and Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI).  Many of the workshop participants were completing their PhDs on development related topics and had done, or were undertaking, field

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Putting Women’s and Girls’ Reproductive Health at the Heart of Development Policy

A 13-year-old fistula patient at a VVF centre in Nigeria. © UNFPA/Akintunde Akinleye Siobán O’Brien Green from Comhlámh was at an exhibition launch down in Irish Aid. Yesterday evening the Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello opened a photo exhibition compiled by member of the All-Party Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development with support from the Irish Family

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Focus 93 Reviews and Culture

Weapon of War, Documentary film. Weapon of War is the second film in a series of three documentaries about sexual violence used systematically against women and girls.   The normalisation of sexual violence is approached from the perpetrators’ point of view in the context of the decades long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This uncompromising documentary shows how a war-torn country without

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Step By Step

Photo: A new social media campaign called ‘Multiply’ is trying to stop violence against women in Saudi Arabia with an unusual tagline: “Hit her, I dare you.” ‘Multiply’ encourages young people of both sexes to express their anger at men who hit women. Are Saudi Arabia’s domestic violence laws a first move towards changing attitudes? Frances Reynolds took a look for Focus93. Legislation criminalising domestic

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