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New Asian Campaign Starts Now

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With just 500 days until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the start of a proposed new global framework to end poverty, the Action/2015 Asia platform is launching a series of interlinked public actions called "i Move Against Injustice, Inequality and Insecurity" to demand that local and global leaders deliver on promises to uphold the rights of every woman, man and child on the planet.

action/2015 Asia

In the middle of a coup d'etat, representatives from GCAP Asia and the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) met in Thailand to form a broad and inclusive platform called action/2015 Asia to inspire and mobilise individuals, organisations, social movements and others across the continent.

The goal: nothing short of achieving a just and sustainable world.

action/2015 Asia -- which is aligned with GCAP's Global Moves for Justice as well as the global action/2015 campaign -- will amplify the voices and aspirations of Asians to influence governments, businesses, institutions as well as the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and international climate negotiations. (Read more.)

Post-2015 Cambodia: A Call for Meaningful Civil Society Participation

Like many countries within the GCAP network, there's a sense in Cambodia that the government is happy to collaborate with civil society when it provides humanitarian assistance and direct services (which are actually the government's responsibility). But when it comes to advocating for new policies, standing up for human rights or playing a watchdog role, it's a different story.

CSOs working in these areas are often "intimidated, warned and even attached with opposition parties and criminal cases," according to one Cambodian activist.  (Read more about GCAP Cambodia's work on this issue.)

Global Forum on Disability

ONE BILLION PEOPLE have disabilities.

800 MILLION are in the Global South.

20% of the 'poorest of the poor' are differently-abled people.

We must address the rights of everyone.

GCAP is proud to be part of the

1st Global Forum on Disability: Voice of our Own.

Read more about it in the Global Accessibility News.

Holding Mining Companies Accountable

Contamination of food and water, forced labour, cancer and lung disease, environmental degradation, armed conflict . . . the list of human rights violations caused by the extractive industries is long and unacceptable.

The Post-2015 sustainable development agenda must transform resource extraction, the violence it causes and the development model that promotes it, writes Kathryn Tobin of the Mining Working Group at the UN (MWG), a civil society coalition working in 27 countries.

But how should a country or community determine whether a new extraction project should be allowed to go ahead?

To answer this question, the MWG has developed a Rights-Based Litmus Test for policy-makers – based on states' international obligations – which has four basic principles:

Ending Child Marriage: A View from Pakistan

Girls are ready for marriage the moment they reach puberty. That's the pronouncement of one of Pakistan's most influential religious and constitutional bodies, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which has also declared that banning child marriage is anti-Islamic.

But the CII's controversial statements should not detract from the progress being made in addressing child marriage in Pakistan, writes GCAP Global Council member Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman.

In an article first published in The Guardian, Zia explains that a law passed unanimously in Sindh Province - which prevents marriage for youth under the age of 18, irrespective of gender, and which punishes those who faciliate these unions - could pave the way for similar actions in other provinces and at the national level.

 

Beyond the Data: Issues of Inequality and Accountability

Statistical data shows that many African countries have attained gender parity in education. But the reality is that behind these numbers, there are still vast disparities - between and within countries - in access to education.  National data is not unpacked to show how a poor girl, from an ethnic minority, in a dispersed rural area, with uneducated parents is lost in the national statistics.

Girls from wealthy, urban homes with educated mothers are more likely to remain in school and perform well.  But some girls never get to go to school or are withdrawn after just a few years to become child brides, to work or due to violence or other reasons.  Their voices are unheard, their rights to a high-quality education denied, writes GCAP Ambassador and former co-chair Adelaide Sosseh.

 

Get Ready to Move in 2015 !

Running, walking, biking, dancing, flying, in rickshaws or on boda bodas . . . we are going to be on the move, throughout 2015, starting in a place of injustice that we will transform with citizen action and concrete demands to governments and global leaders to create a just world for people and planet, now and for future generations.

Over the next few months GCAP National Coalitions and Constituency Groups will be coming together to make plans as part of an exciting new campaign, Global Moves for Justice 2015 - a flexible campaign action that can be adapted to each national and regional context.  (Read on for more details!)