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Today marks the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, an opportunity for civil society organisations and political activists to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Violence against women is not inevitable. It can be prevented. ‘Prevention’ is the theme of the 2015 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The campaign “16 days call for action to End Violence against Women” also starts on this date and continues to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

How can we increase the focus on renewable energy to positively impact the link between energy and gender issues in Kenya?  Hivos together with Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) co

‘The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might, a 25-minute film produced by BabibutaFilm and Hivos Southeast Asia, has won a prestigious award at the Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) 2015 for best short film. It was directed by talented young director Lucky Kuswandi, who has received nominations at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Bassel Khartabil, in Undiscloed Location, May Face Death Sentence

Hivos is appalled at the events in Paris that claimed many lives of innocent civilians. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were carried out mostly by French citizens. Almost immediately after this horrific violence was wreaked particularly on places of entertainment, calls for drastic measures resounded from every corner, such as closing borders or wiping IS 'off the face of the earth'.

Indonesia has lost one of its most cherished feminist figures. On November 17, 2015, our dear friend Darmayanti Muchtar, more widely known as Yanti Muchtar, passed away at the age of 53 in Gading Pluit Hospital, Jakarta.

Historic is the only word to describe the Cultura en Movimiento (Cultures in Motion) congress, the first meeting of the actors who give life to the arts and culture in Bolivia. More than 300 people, including artists, cultural agents, academics, activists and authorities in the area participated in the event which took place in October in the city of Sucre.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published a sentence in the López Lone and others vs Honduras case in favor of three judges and a magistrate who, in their fight for democracy and rule of law, were dismissed from their positions for dissenting against the coup that took place June 28, 2009 in Honduras. This decision threatened judicial independence, which should prevail in any state of law.

The Bolivian Amazon provided  the stage for the third international meeting of "Sharing Socio-environmental Monitoring Systems", attended by indigenous representatives from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
The event, supported by Hivos, was held from October 25-29 in Rurrenabaque (Beni) with the aim of intensifying exchanges amongst the monitors, technicians and civic organizations working on environmental issues and the rights of indigenous peoples.