THE CITY OF WOMEN

In a unique response to displacement organized by Patricia Guerrera, The City of Women has evolved to be a community of strong women activists.

Property rights serve as protection for women in Columbia where typically a house is owned by their husband and then inherited by their sons. The main purpose in organizing the City of Women was to create homes owned by women.

Beautiful houses built by women once homeless and without their own property, now serves as an example for rebuilding efforts in Columbia after the Civil War that displaced millions of people.

This spread includes excerpts from The Thomson Reuters Foundation. To read the full article please visit: https://news.trust.org/item/20170327110648-5rq8z.

INHUMANE CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS IN EUROPEAN MEAT PLANTS

Workers immigrate from all over Europe, especially from countries with poor economies, to start a new life in countries such as The Netherlands, England, and Italy. Meat plants employ and have been taking advantage of such workers called “precarious workers”.

They are unable to work elsewhere due to the language barrier, and endure incredibly demanding and dangerous work while being drastically underpaid. These workers also have trouble comprehending all agreement contracts, to the advantage of the meat plants that are not held accountable of work injury, mistreatment, or other concerns that may presented.

Due to the rising demand of poultry, these slaughterhouses have utilized the migrant workforce, all while making profit. Perhaps the reason meat plants still have employees, especially immigrants, is the lack of other job opportunities.

This spread includes excerpts from The Guardian. To read the full article please visit: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/28/the-whole-system-is-rotten-life-inside-europes-meat-industry.

DIVERSITY VISA: 55,000 IMMIGRANTS CAN BE REFUSED U.S. RESIDENCY

The Diversity Visa has been a valued pathway to U.S. citizenship. Though 55,000 winners were selected to receive Green Cards in 2020, their claims to immigration remain uncertain. Due to multiple factors, the lottery winners’ efforts could go unrewarded.

The decision will impact those living in unstable and dangerous situations most. Conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Haiti, among other countries, motivated many to apply for the Visa this past year. Many risk life-threatening danger, if their home country’s government does not support the United States, for winning the lottery.

Due to multiple reasons, the Diversity Immigration Visa winners of 2020 may not be granted immigration rights to the U.S.. As winners await the decision, only two days are left until the deadline, and at the time of writing, no conclusion has been published.

This spread features an article by Forbes. To read the full text please visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyjsemotiuk/2021/09/26/2021-diversity-green-card-lottery-winners-to-be-shut-out-because-of-visa-deadline/?sh=6854fb3b1a4f.

EUROPEAN WEAPONS (INDIRECTLY) FUEL WARS

Though it is banned, European countries continue to export weapons to countries at war, due to the lack of regulation. Europe’s defense industry makes billions in profit from these sales while fueling conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

Without repercussion and regulation, it is a moral battle with government profit at stake. Should countries be responsible for destruction caused by weapons after they are sold to other countries? Can these European countries be recognized as accomplices?

Many anti-violence and peace organizations have protested and spoken out about this issue. However, perhaps even if European regulations become harsher, countries in need of defense will find other exporters.

This spread features an article from EuroNews Unreported Europe. To read the full text please visit: https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/23/are-european-arms-fuelling-wars-and-conflicts-worldwide

AFGHANISTAN GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN DANGER

The current crisis in Afghanistan has jeopardized girls’ education and future. Developments of the past month suggest that the Taliban does not intend to retain women’s rights, contrary to what was promised to the people of Afghanistan, as women have been removed from government positions and boys were invited to start school (rather than both girls and boys). There has been no statement saying that girls would be prohibited from receiving education, however, and universities have opened for both men and women.

Though girls living in Afghanistan have written about their fears and uncertainty of the future, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has commented on the situation saying that women will should be able to attend school as it is not Islamic to ban education for women.

The future remains undecided for girls in Afghanistan, and they continue to endure rapid changes to their world.

This spread includes excerpt from the International Rescue Committee and Hindustan Times. To read the full articles please visit: https://www.rescue.org/article/millions-afghan-girls-may-not-go-back-school-september and https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/imran-khan-says-stopping-women-from-accessing-education-unislamic-101632320003.

CENSORSHIP LAWS IN RUSSIA REQUIRE REFORM

Amnesty International has outlined reforms for laws in Russia that jeopardize the human rights of citizens. These laws include criminalizing protest and activism, and decriminalizing domestic abuse and hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.

The censorship of speech and media against the government has been ongoing and increasingly dangerous for activists that risk their lives to spread information. The involvement of an international organization could lead to less harsh regulations, or backfire resulting in stronger efforts to silence the public.

To read the full article that is featured in this spread please visit: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/09/the-newly-elected-russian-parliament-must-amend-repressive-legislation/.

AI vs. HUMAN RIGHTS

Is new technology always good? Does AI facial recognition really violate human rights?

A ban has been proposed to halt the use of facial recognition technology due to the possible violation of human rights. As of right now, this technology has been described as imperfect and biased towards certain genders and ethnicities. This solution is likely a result of the widespread use of real-time facial scanning and surveillance used in China to monitor and possibly convict citizens.

The use of underdeveloped facial recognition AI worldwide for purposes of police surveillance could lead to faulty convictions and accusations. However, a ban on this popular high-end technology would interrupt sales and funding for the companies creating these solutions, and interrupt future development and possibility for improving this technology to be more accurate. Or perhaps, the ban will motivate companies to create better facial recognition AI. As of right now, companies leading the AI market such as Microsoft have chosen to support this ban.

The featured article of this spread is from The Independent. If you would like to read more, the full article can be found here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/artificial-intelligence-united-nations-face-scan-social-score-b1921311.html