One in three women have suffered physical or sexual violence. With contributions from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, we look at how this shadow pandemic affects every corner of the world.
COP21: artists united to make their voices heard in Paris
More than 300 artists signed an open letter in view of Paris COP21. These include Björk, David Bowie, Damon Albarn and the four members of Coldplay.
A few days before the beginning of COP21, the conference on climate to take place in Paris from 30 November, more than 300 artists and leading personalities in the international creative industry signed an open letter addressed to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and President of COP21 as well as to the UNFCCC (United Nation framework convention on climate change) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
The text was written with the conviction that the creative industry can play an essential role in the fight against climate change: Alison Tickell, coordinator and founder of the Julie’s Bicycle project, a non-profit organisation that tries to fill the gap between environmental sustainability and creative industry, states:
The success of COP21 is not just politics, it’s also about civil society. Climate change is not just about politics, economics or science, but about culture. The arts can move us in a way that science just can’t. Artists and cultural figures also had much greater “reach” with the public.
The signers of the letter include heads of international arts institutions such as the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall of London or the Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), heads of creative companies such as John Reid, president of Live Nation, but even artists and musicians including Damon Albarn, David Bowie, Jack Johnson, Björk, Ian Anderson of the band Jethro Tull, Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket, the four members of Coldplay, David Gilmour, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and many others.
The letter reads:
We are deeply concerned that our global economic and industrial systems are accelerating rates of extinction, desertification and soil depletion, degrading ecosystems (…) We understand the gravity of climate change and the historic opportunity represented by COP21. We will come together and intensify our efforts, but we need you to give us confidence in a sustainable future, to share our ambition, and recognize our capacity to strengthen your leadership.
In occasion of COP21, the Pathway to Paris concert will be held in the French capital where Naomi Klein, American environmentalist Bill McKibben and Vandana Shiva will talk about climate. The musicians that will sing in the concert are Patti Smith, Flea and Thom Yorke.
Talking of Thom Yorke, he released an interview to the French magazine Télérama a few days ago, where he talked about climate change and the important role played by art in raising awareness on this topic: Yorke has been showing interest in environmental issues since the ‘90s so much so he decided to stop eating meat and with his band, Radiohead, took part in a number of projects for Greenpeace, Friends of The Earth and art.350.org.
Quest'opera è distribuita con Licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 4.0 Internazionale.
The Istanbul Convention against gender-based and domestic violence marks its tenth anniversary. We look at what it is, who its signatories are, and what the future might hold.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reminded us of the gravity of violence against women around the world, and of the Istanbul Convention’s utmost importance.
President Erdoğan has pulled Turkey out of the Istanbul Convention, key in the fight against gender violence, claiming that it favours the LGBT community rather than family values.
Violence against women in Peru has increased as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns as they have been confined to abusive households.
The family of Joys Estefani Qqueccaño, a disappeared woman in Peru, struggle to find her.
Costa Rica celebrated its first same-sex marriage when two women, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya, celebrated their wedding: an “extraordinary moment”.
The pandemic and its restrictions are affecting everyone, without exceptions. However factors like housing, income inequalities, gender, access to technology and working conditions are influencing how people experience the health crisis.
Time magazine’s 100 Women of the Year project sheds light on influential women’s stories, from Amelia Earhart to Greta Thunberg. A selection of some of the greats for International Women’s Day.