Stories written by Edith Drouin-Rousseau

Violence Against Civilians Peaks in Central African Republic

As Michel Djotodia took his oath as the new president of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Aug. 18, Séléka, the coalition of rebel groups that he led and that helped him overthrow the government on Mar. 23, were still looting and killing civilians.

World’s Indigenous Day Underscores Need to Uphold Treaties

A canoe trip brought together 200 indigenous and non-indigenous paddlers on the Hudson River for a hundred mile trip on Aug 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The commemoration honoured the first treaty between the Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee people 400 years ago, the Two Row Wampum.

Recent Clashes in DRC Cast Doubt on U.N. Initiatives

“Will they come to life, or are they only going to be destined to live on paper?” asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council last week. He was referring to  resolution 2098 on Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) relating to the multi-level Peace framework adopted by the U.N. in March 2013.

Journalism: A Profession Worth Dying For?

Seventy-two journalists were killed in 2012, an increase of 49 percent since 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Fight Against Gender-Based Violence Finds a Technological Touch

The use of technology to fight gender-related violence is encapsulated in the “four Ps”: prevention, protection, prosecution and provision of multi-sector services, according to Lakshmi Puri, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and acting head of U.N. Women.

Are Cooperatives Crisis Proof?

“Cooperative enterprises remain strong in time of crisis." This was the mantra heard echoing around the world on Jul. 6, the International Day of Cooperatives.


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