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Bread, Freedom and Social Justice for Women Too?

Guest Contributor 17th April 2013

  By Rhea Fernandes – As member states unanimously passed the final draft proposal at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood reinforced its conservative position on women’s rights by condemning aspects of the declaration as antithetical to Islam. The 57th session of the United Nations […]

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The Arms Trade Treaty: A Historic Achievement

Gilles Giacca 15th April 2013

Last month Dr Gilles Giacca wrote on the progress of the Arms Trade Negotiations recently held in New York.  Today, in the first of a special two-part series, he provides an overview of the historic results of these negotiations. On Tuesday 2 April 2013, after many years of discussions and negotiations, the United Nations General […]

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What can we learn from the Novartis case?

Guest Contributor 12th April 2013

By Swaraj Barooah Last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reject Novartis’ patent application over a leading leukemia drug, Gilvec, has resonated globally. Many hail it as a victory for patients, while others denounce it as a regressive step for pharmaceutical innovation. With money on one end of the scale and lives on […]

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LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

Guest Contributor 11th April 2013

By Heidi Yates- The proposed introduction of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex status’ as protected attributes under the Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) is a significant step forward for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians. Over the past 17 years, these issues have been the subject of at least five government and […]

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