90 seconds till midnight

It’s 90 seconds till midnight. We are closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any point since the first and only use of nuclear weapons in 1945. While most reasonable people understand the need to abolish these weapons, few officials have been willing to suggest elimination as a first step. Fortunately, there is a voice of reason in a growing grassroots coalition: this Back from the Brink movement supports the elimination of nuclear weapons through a negotiated, verifiable time-bound process with the common sense precautionary measures necessary during the process to prevent nuclear war.

Final Communiqué of the Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee on “The Recent Developments and the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan”

“[The OIC] Urges the de facto Afghan Authorities to allow women and girls to exercise their rights and contribute to the development of Afghan society in accordance with the rights and responsibilities as guaranteed to them by Islam and international human rights law.” Point 10, Communique from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Can peace really begin in classrooms? Online forum examined the issues for UN International Day of Education

How to teach peace around the planet was the topic of the Global Peace Education Forum on UN Education Day, January 24. Talks included UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, Taliban shooting survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, UNESCO top educator Stefania Giannini, French activist/actress and Harvard professor Guila Clara Kessous, and UNESCO ex-chief Federico Mayor Zaragoza.

Women’s Rights must NOT be a bargaining chip between the Taliban and the International Community

As we continue the series on the Taliban’s bans on women’s education and employment, it is essential to our understanding and further action to hear directly from Afghan women who know best the harm these bans impose; not only on the affected women and their families, but on the entire Afghan nation. This statement from a coalition of Afghan women’s organizations fully describes these harms.

COP27 Fails Women & Girls – High Time to Redefine Multilateralism (Part 1 of 3)

One of the most insidious characteristics of patriarchy is rendering women invisible in the public realm. It is a given that few, if any, will be present in political deliberations, and it’s assumed that their perspectives are not relevant. Nowhere is this more obvious or dangerous than in the functioning of the interstate system that the world community expects to address threats to global survival, the most comprehensive and imminent of which is the impending climate catastrophe. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury clearly illustrates the gender inequality problematic of state power (and corporate power) in the three well-documented articles on COP27 re-posted here (this being post 1 of 3). He has done a great service to our understanding of the significance of gender equality to the survival of the planet.

COP27 Fails Women & Girls – High Time to Redefine Multilateralism (Part 2 of 3)

One of the most insidious characteristics of patriarchy is rendering women invisible in the public realm. It is a given that few, if any, will be present in political deliberations, and it’s assumed that their perspectives are not relevant. Nowhere is this more obvious or dangerous than in the functioning of the interstate system that the world community expects to address threats to global survival, the most comprehensive and imminent of which is the impending climate catastrophe. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury clearly illustrates the gender inequality problematic of state power (and corporate power) in the three well-documented articles on COP27 re-posted here (this being post 2 of 3). He has done a great service to our understanding of the significance of gender equality to the survival of the planet.

COP27 Fails Women and Girls – High Time to Redefine Multilateralism (Part 3 of 3)

One of the most insidious characteristics of patriarchy is rendering women invisible in the public realm. It is a given that few, if any, will be present in political deliberations, and it’s assumed that their perspectives are not relevant. Nowhere is this more obvious or dangerous than in the functioning of the interstate system that the world community expects to address threats to global survival, the most comprehensive and imminent of which is the impending climate catastrophe. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury clearly illustrates the gender inequality problematic of state power (and corporate power) in the three well-documented articles on COP27 re-posted here (this being post 3 of 3). He has done a great service to our understanding of the significance of gender equality to the survival of the planet.

Peace Through Defeat of the Evil Conjoined Triplets

To ensure the “revolution of values” that Dr. King called for, justice and equality must be enshrined under new anti-racist systems. This requires exercising our imaginations, investing in peace education, and rethinking global economic and security systems. Only then will we defeat the evil triplets, “shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society,” and foster positive, sustainable peace.

Security Policy is more than Defence with Weapons

If our societies are to become more resilient and more ecologically sustainable, then priorities must be changed, and then such a large share of resources cannot be permanently poured into the military – without any prospect of de-escalation. Our current shift must therefore contain more than the present rearmament.

Call for papers: Special issue of In Factis Pax

Scholars of peace education, social justice, cultural theory, and educational theory are invited to submit articles for a Special Bilingual (Spanish/English) Issue related to the theme of “Weaving Together Intercultural Peace Learning.”

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