It is nearly 10 years since the last United Nations conference on women in Beijing. On the surface, women seem to have won many of the rights they were fighting for.
But this issue digs a little deeper into our post-feminist world. It looks at the situation of women around the world, where things are not all that they might seem. It examines the forces preventing change and argues that women’s rights are also men’s business.
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Violence against women is a bigger killer than cancer or traffic accidents. Nikki van der Gaag explains what can be done.
A few of the many who are creating justice.
Reem Haddad uses the fatalism of Lebanese society to her own advantage.
As the tide turns against abortion across the world, Hersilia Fonseca and Patricia Pujol report on Uruguay’s unique experiment.
Western second-hand clothing hampers local production in Uganda
Torture is used not to protect people but to terrorize them. Eduardo Galeano examines its uses and abuses.
Has the occupation of Iraq at least made things better for women? Jo Wilding reports.
Homophobia is still so strong in Indian society that Shaina, from the Organized Lesbian Alliance for Visibility and Action (OLAVA), does not want to give her real name.
Why is it so hard to change traditional practices? Nikki van der Gaag reports on a group that is trying.
Sold Out: The true cost of supermarket shopping by William Young.
Michael Kimmel shows how the behaviour of men is the single greatest obstacle to equality – and explains why sharing housework means more sex.
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by MG Vassanji
Gaza Blues by Samir El-Youssef and Etgar Keret
Iran’s new breed of neo-conservatives brook no dissent. They include Saeed Mortazavi, implicated in the beating to death of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazami in 2003.
Nikki van der Gaag looks at what has changed for women over the years – and what has not.
World Fiction Special
This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.
A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere?
The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.
In a nutshell: the countries most recently featured in the New Internationalist magazine.
Sharp insights from an array of guest writers.
Personal stories from our own correspondents.
Interviews with inspirational people.
Reviews of the latest books, films and music.
Seeing the world through a Southern lens.
A regular column from some of the best writers of the South.
Taking aim at the rich and powerful.
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