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Index April 2007

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2007-04-02: Women without borders / Frauen ohne Grenzen;
2007-04-03: Women’s e-news;
2007-04-04: The Guizhou University, China;
2007-04-05: FEMNET;
2007-04-06: ECOSOCC The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union;
2007-04-07: The International Center for Islam and Pluralism ICIP;
2007-04-08: giordano bruno stiftung;
2007-04-09: Atheist Alliance International;
2007-04-10: Kudirat Initiative for Democracy KIND;
2007-04-11: O Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde;
2007-04-12: The American Atheists;
2007-04-13: Basel Institute on Governance;
2007-04-14: Medica mondiale;
2007-04-15: International League of Non-Religious and Atheists;
2007-04-16: the brights;
2007-04-17: Infopoverty net;
2007-04-18: Third World Network TWN;
2007-04-19: Three organizations working for Peace and Human Rights on the Åland Islands;
2007-04-20: GLOW – a global center for women’s politics;
2007-04-21: Women on Waves;
2007-04-22: The Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre;
2007-04-23: West African Network for Peacebuilding WANEP;
2007-04-24: The Microfinance Gateway;
2007-04-25: Friends of Africa International;
2007-04-26: Third World Traveler;
2007-04-27: Mulberries – a Lao Sericulture Company;
2007-04-28: The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center PPJC;
2007-04-29: WorldCitizen, a yahoo group;
2007-04-30: Geneva Centre for the DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF ARMED FORCES DCAF.


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(website also in español français русский farsi arabic)

Linked with Robert Springborg – UK AU USA Egypt etc, with 4th General Conference of the ECPR, and with Political Islam and Europe.
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces DCAF
promotes good governance and reform of the security sector. The Centre conducts research on good practices, encourages the development of appropriate norms at the national and international levels, makes policy recommendations and provides in-country advice and assistance programmes. DCAF’s partners include governments, parliaments, civil society, international organisations and the range of security sector actors such as police, judiciary, intelligence agencies, border security services and the military.

News & Events;

About: The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was established by the Swiss government in October 2000.

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WorldCitizen, a yahoo group

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This WorldCitizen yahoo group, with today 2486 members, organises debates about questions touching the theme of WorldCitizen.

(Attention: this group has not to be confused with OUR NGO, the Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum AEHRF. We have a pratically same URL, just mention the ‘-’ between the words ‘world’ and ‘citizenship’.

The actually debated themes, proposed by the members, are:

  • - International Poll on the bill to amend the Constitution of Japan;
  • - Resisting the Drums of War, with a YouTube-VIDEO of 9.57 minutes, added March 30, 2007;
  • - Re: Ecuador and the World Passport;
  • - Re: New World Order a GOOD idea?
  • - understanding what is.

If you are interested to join, go to this page of the yahoo groups
and click on ‘Join This Group’.

Description: As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent we can, and must, acknowledge local and global citizenship simultaneously.

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The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center PPJC

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Linked with Michael Parenti – USA.

Peninsula Peace and Justice Center is the leading grassroots activist organization on the San Francisco Peninsula. We hope you enjoy our website, packed with thousands of useful news and opinion articles, online videos, peace and justice event listings, action alerts, and much more. (full text). Just click on the links inside of the Homepage, leading to PPJC photo gallery, Online videos, last News, more events, and the follifing Urgent Action Alert …
Protest the Veto! When Bush vetoes the Iraq bill, say US Out of Iraq: Read the full alert.

Keep informed/Newsletter;

About PPJC: it is committed to

  • - Changing U.S. foreign and domestic policies to ones that meet human needs and human rights.
  • - A demilitarized society and economy.
  • - True justice for all, at home and abroad, regardless of economic status or beliefs.
  • - An end to racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination.
  • - Giving ordinary people the information and opportunity they need to be involved and effective in the efforts to change our country and our world.

Mulberries – a Lao Sericulture Company

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Linked with Kommaly Chanthavong – Laos.

Mulberries is a not-for-profit company that seeks to create income generating opportunities for Lao people in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

What we do;

Who we are: We are achieving this goal by encouraging the traditional community arts of silkworm rearing, reeling, weaving, and natural dyeing. Our company provides training, tools and a market for village people who wish to work towards a brighter future.

Lao Sericulture Company is working to strengthen communities by developing and refining the rich cultural resources that Lao villagers already possess. The production of traditional silk is a labor intensive project which can involve many people in many different aspects of the community. From the growing of mulberry trees to the creation of natural dyes, hand-crafted silk production utilizes local labor, local knowledge, and local resources. This, in turn, encourages village self-sufficiency and productivity.

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Third World Traveler

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Linked with Michael Parenti – USA, with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, with Lori Wallach – USA, with How the Free Market Killed New Orleans, with Economy and Human Rights – one, and with The Human Condition Series.

THIRD WORLD TRAVELER puts up articles and book excerpts that offer an alternative view to the U.S. mainstream media about the state of American democracy, media, and foreign policy, and about the impact of the actions of the United States government, transnational corporations, international financial institutions, and the corporate media, on democracy, social and economic justice, human rights, and war and peace, in the Third World.

THIRD WORLD TRAVELER also provides information and links to aid international travelers.

Go to full texts concerning all good and bad guys from the links of their Homepage.

Friends of Africa International

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Friends of Africa International aims to promote human rights, social justice, democracy and good governance in Africa. Please explore our site to learn more about our organization.

Friends of Africa International (FAI) seeks to bridge the gap between State institutions and the civil society using a human rights framework in order to promote the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights in Africa. By studying the role of international assistance in promoting and sustaining democracy in post-conflict and conflict-prone settings, FAI projects ultimately support the development of credible and efficient electoral process and assist in building public confidence by ensuring the professional management of elections and by increasing the level of access and turn out of voters. (full text).

Women Rights;
Youth & Development;
web logs/programs;
where we work;
You can help/newsletter;

Right now, FAI is expanding its projects in Africa and we need help to fund these projects. Some people are moved to give to Friends of Africa International through their love for Africa or the joy of giving or simply because they know it will make a positive impact and difference in another person’s life. Others have developed special interest in Africa as a result of travel or life-long interests. We invite you to explore the opportunities to help FAI meet the complex needs of the emerging nations of Africa. Below are some ways in which you can support FAI.

The Microfinance Gateway

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(en français) / (en arab).

The Microfinance Gateway is the most comprehensive online resource for the microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, specialized resource centers, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news, events, and job opportunities in microfinance. Its guiding vision is to enable microfinance industry participants to generate value, innovate and engage in the free flow of ideas by effectively utilizing the Gateway’s knowledge assets.

The Gateway features 6,400 online documents, over 1000 listings of microfinance focused organizations and over 250 consultant profiles. It allows users to contribute publications, op-ed or thought pieces, news, conference and workshop announcements, and employment vacancies. We rely on the feedback and contributions of our visitor-participants to remain relevant.

Since our launch in June 2000, visits to the Gateway have grown in tandem with the services we offer, with total monthly site visits on the English site averaging 50,000 unique users from over 100 countries. More than one million pages are downloaded each month.

Discussion Groups;

West African Network for Peacebuilding WANEP

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Linked with Dandi Lou Hélène Amanan – Cote d’Ivoire.

Women in Peacebuilding Netwok WIPNET’s specific goal is to develop twenty women in the age range of 20-40 as competent peacebuilding trainers, researchers, mediators and advocates over a five-year period.

At a special consultation held in Accra, Ghana with support from the Catholic Relief Services West Africa Regional Office, seventeen women active in peacebuilding in West and East Africa launched a West African Network for Peacebuilding WANEP.

News Release;

About: As part of the commitment of WANEP Togo to ensure a peaceful, free and fair parliamentary election in June 2007, a workshop was organised for the Youth Leaders of all the political parties in Togo from 26th to 29th February 2007.

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The Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

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Linked with Farida Shaheed – Pakistan, and with Women living under Muslim laws.

Vision: Shirkat Gah is committed to a just, progressive and democratic society where women are fully empowered, gender equality, human security and opportunities are ensured for all, peace prevails and resources are shared on a sustainable and equitable basis. It strives to ensure a responsible and sovereign state in a world order and equity between national and international interests. (full text).

Women Law and Status Programme; Women and Sustainable Development; Reproductive Health & Reproductive Rights; Green Economic & Globalisation; Documentation Centre;

Mission Statement:

  • To hold the state accountable and to develop a culture of peace that ensures the sustainable and equitable use of resources and the full inclusion and rights of all people;
  • To advocate and mobilize for positive changes in policies and practices from the community to the national and international levels;
  • To build capacity, provide support and solidarity that enables women and their communities to make informed decisions and create new choices. (full text).

Women on Waves

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On the homepage the site is also availables by links in dutch, portuguese, polish, espagnol, french.

Linked with Rebecca Gomperts – Netherlands, and with An Interview with Rebecca Gomperts.

Women on Waves is a Dutch non-profit organization concerned with women’s human rights. Its mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world.

On the homepage you may put your e-mail and click on ‘NEWSLETTER’.

Do you need help?
Abortion facts;
Press Information, +31-20-4650004, or email.

They write on their website: We support legal, safe abortion services. If you live in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services, the best and safest way a woman can do an abortion herself until the 9th week of pregnancy is with the use of two medicines called Mifepristone (also known as the abortion pill, RU 486, Mifegyn, Mifeprex), and Misoprostol (also known as Cytotec, Arthrotec, Oxaprost , Cyprostol, Mibetec, Prostokos or Misotrol).

A medical abortion done this way has a success rate of more than 97%. If you live in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services and you would like to obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web. This is a online medical abortion help service that refers to a doctor who can provide you with a medical abortion. (full text).

GLOW – a global center for women’s politics

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GLOW, the virtual portal of the feminist Institute.

Linked with Franziska Brantner – Germany, with France – l’Europe et la campagne présidentielle, and with Europäische Vernetzungskonferenz.

Conceived of as a bridge, the Feminist Institute acts as a mediator between feminist theory and feminism in practice. The FI evaluates women’s experiences and knowledge, debates these publicly, and finally, transfers these into the relevant institutions and organizations through practical policies.

The FI develops its own concepts within the thematic range of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Following the motto, “autonomy and integration,” the FI works on developing feminist theory while also challenging the Foundation to work towards a gender-oriented profile.

The FI was founded in 1998, picking up the thread of the former Frauenanstiftung, which successfully supported women’s projects and liberation movements in societies all over the world. (full text about).

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Three organizations working for Peace and Human Rights on the Åland Islands

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Linked with Barbro Sundback – Finland, and with Don’t blame the victims.

1) The Åland Islands Peace Institute / the Ålands fredsinstitut)

The Åland Islands Peace Institute belongs to a network of researchers and institutes that are focused on new challenges in peace research. The Peace Institute conducts research on minority rights and autonomy. It relates to the notion that “democratic participation” of minority groups and persons belonging to minorities can prevent conflicts in multicultural societies and safeguard their cultural identity. Research programme on democratic participation: (full text english, with contact).

The main description is in finish language.




2) Emmaus Åland (in finish),
/ Peace Association-Emmaus (in english),
and some Emmaus groups in Finland.

“Peace Association-Emmaus” is located in Mariehamn, in the Åland Islands of Swedish-speaking Finland. This group carries out both the “traditional” Emmaus work (reprocessing, sorting, and sales of used objects) and peace work. Based on the principal that cooperation between peoples is possible and on the need for universal peace, Emmaus Åland carries out actions to help prevent and resolve conflicts (demonstrations against the situation in Iraq, campaign against landmines, etc.). The group is preparing the upcoming opening of a “Peace School” that will train activity leaders, in partnership with other local organizations working for peace.



3) Finnish Music Information Centre (in english),

/ Suomalaisen musiikin tiedotuskeskus (in finish).

About: Finnish Music Information Centre (Fimic) is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC), the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) and the International Association of Sound Archives (IASA). Goal: To Get Finnish Music Heard! (full text).


Third World Network TWN

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Added Sept. 6, 2009: linked with Northern Alliance for Sustainability ANPED; with Environment Liaison Centre International ELCI, Kenya; and with Sustainable Development Issues Network SDIN, to form a global NGO network whose purpose is to promote good governance, and enhanced awareness and knowledge about environmental and sustainable development processes and to ensure global quality NGO participation in these global processes within the intergovernmental systems, primarily within the United Nations.

Linked with Martin Khor – Malaysia, with Speech about Third World Economics, and with WTO, The New Threats to Developing Countries and Sustainability.

Third World Network TWN is an international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to environment, development and the Third World and North-South issues. It has its international secretariat in Penang, Malaysia. Its flagship magazine, Third World Resurgence, covers a wide range of topics including environment, economics, biotechnology, north-south relations etc. The network conducts research on various issues pertaining to the third world countries; It publishes books and magazines, organizes seminars.

Published Magazines:

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Infopoverty net

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press, quotations;

Programme: The Infopoverty Programme was started by the first Infopoverty World Conference Conference, organized by OCCAM in 2001 at the instance of the European Parliament, UNESCO Mediterranean Programme, UNIC and other scientific and university institutions. Infopoverty is focused on the creation of digital villages in disadvantaged areas of the planet. (full text).

VII Infopoverty World Conference: helds the VII Infopoverty World Conference (“Towards a social use of the ICTs at the service of the Millennium Development Goals”) will be held on April 19 and 20 2007 at the UN Headquarters in New York, at the Politecnico and the Università Cattolica in Milan, at the ITU in Geneva, at UNESCO in Paris and in other seats connected by videoconference. IWC2007Draftprogram.

the brights

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Linked with Michael Schmidt-Salomon – Germany, with giordano bruno stiftung, with The American Atheist, with International League of Non-Religious and Atheists, with Atheist Alliance International, with Leitkultur Humanismus und Aufklärung, with Ex-Muslims form anti-religion group in Germany, and with Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism.

Brights Deutschland unterstützt den Kongress ‘Die erschöpfte Theorie? Evolution und Kreationismus in Wissenschaften’, der vom 15.-17. Juni 2007 an der Universität Trier stattfinden wird. Nähere Informationen auch im BRIGHTSBLOG.

Gegenwärtig wird das naturalistische Weltbild innerhalb der meisten Kulturen unzureichend zum Ausdruck gebracht und teilweise sogar politisch oder gesellschaftlich unterdrückt.

Zwischen den Menschen mit einem naturalistischen Weltbild bestehen große Unterschiede. Einige sind Mitglied in Organisationen, die eine Anschauung fördern, die frei von übernatürlichen Komponenten ist. Die allermeisten sind jedoch nicht in einer Gruppe organisiert und identifizieren sich nicht mit einem bestimmten Begriff.

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International League of Non-Religious and Atheists

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(German Version: IBKA Internationaler Bund der Konfessionslosen und Atheisten e.V.)

Linked with Michael Schmidt-Salomon – Germany, with giordano bruno stiftung, with The American Atheist, with Atheist Alliance International, with Leitkultur Humanismus und Aufklärung, with Ex-Muslims form anti-religion group in Germany, with Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism, and with the brights.

IBKA: To become member of IBKA, print out the membership application form, fill it in and send it in by mail. Membership contribution: The membership contribution is 50 euro per year. It is possible to pay a reduced contribution of 25 euro: (1) for members of organizations that are corporate members of IBKA, and for members of friendly organizations with the same objectives; (2) for spouses and partners of members paying the full contribution; (3) for people with low income. Donations are tax-deductible in Germany.

Goals – these are the essentials of IBKA, according to its by-laws:

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Medica mondiale

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(deutsche Version)

Linked with Monika Hauser – Germany, and with Self-immolation by oppressed Afghan women is rising.


And for Afghanistan: Medica mondiale,

  • - We support traumatised women and girls in war and crisis zones. And all against child marriages and forced marriages!
  • - On the 7th of March, in advance for celebrating of International Women’s Day 2007, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and medica mondiale e.V. are encouraging both men and women to register their marriage and help make Afghanistan safe and secure.
  • - Self-immolation – escaping violence: medica mondiale presents first systematic research study of afghan women’s suicides
  • “When human beings cannot resist outside pressure, the conclusion comes to end her life. This is the strongest protest against bad conditions” – Quotation of the Minister of Public Health. Addressing self-immolation: Developing a response strategy, a joint conference between medica mondiale (Women’s Rights Department) and Afghan Human Rights Commission took place 14-16 November, 2006 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Delegates from countries like Bangladesh, Iran, India and Sri Lanka – which have similar female suicide rates – discussed the problem with around 200 participants at a conference in Afghanistan on Tuesday. (full text).

Basel Institute on Governance

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Linked with Mark Pieth – Switzerland, with Der Schmiergeldjäger Mark Pieth und die verbotenen Geschäfte mit Saddam, with .

The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent non-profit institution devoted to interdisciplinary research, policy advice and capacity building in the areas of public, corporate, and global governance (Center for Governance and Research), and offers special services in the field of asset recovery (International Center for Asset Recovery). The Institute acts as a centre of competence by combining scientific methodology with practical experience to provide applied solutions to concrete problems. Based in Switzerland and associated with the University of Basel, we bring together internationally recognised academics as well as practitioners with long-standing experience in the matters at stake, and work with a wide range of stakeholders from around the globe. (full text).

It offers tailor-made solutions to its partners in the three pillars of public governance, of corporate governance, and of global governance.

Annual report 2006;
International Centre for Asset Recovery ICAR;
News Reports;

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The American Atheists

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with International League of Non-Religious and Atheists, with Atheist Alliance International, with Leitkultur Humanismus und Aufklärung, with Ex-Muslims form anti-religion group in Germany, with Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism, and with the brights.

Since 1963, AMERICAN ATHEISTS has been the premier organization laboring for the civil liberties of Atheists, and the total, absolute separation of government and religion. It was born out of a court case begun in 1959 by the Murray family which challenged prayer recitation in the public schools. That case – Murray v. Curlett – was a landmark in American jurisprudence on behalf of our First Amendment rights.

What’s new;
Action Alert;
No God Blog;
Atheists in Foxholes;
Contuct Us.

About: Now in its fourth decade, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of Atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about Atheism. The organization was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the noted Atheist activist, as the result of her successful battle against mandatory school prayer and bible recitation. Over the last thirty years, American Atheists has:

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O Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde

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Linked with Maria José de Oliveira Araújo – Brazil, with Open letter to the Vatican; and with O PROGRAMA DE ASSISTÊNCIA INTEGRAL À SAÚDE DA MULHER (PAISM) EM GOIÂNIA.

PAISM: No Brasil, o Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde desenvolve, desde 1985, um trabalho de atenção primária à saúde da mulher com uma perspectiva feminista e humanizada, tendo atendido, desde então, mais de seis mil mulheres.

Inspirado pela experiência feminista internacional, o método utilizado desde a capacitação das primeiras trabalhadoras, foi o da crítica ao modelo médico clássico da gineco-obstetrícia. Nosso modelo vem propondo uma ‘medicina suave’ – dos tratamentos naturais e menos agressivos – e de preocupação com o conhecimento do corpo como um dos elementos centrais para a saúde. A mulher/usuária é percebida como um indivíduo, o sujeito da ação de saúde, capaz de entender, decidir e cuidar do próprio corpo e da própria vida.

No site é possível conhecer a proposta, a história e os projetos do Coletivo Feminista.

Informações Gerais:
Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde
Rua Bartolomeu Zunega, 44 – Pinheiros
05426-020 – São Paulo, SP
Tel.: (11) 3812-8681 Fax: (11) 3813-8578

Kudirat Initiative for Democracy KIND

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Linked with Hafsat Abiola – Nigeria.

(Another KIND-link).

KIND is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting democracy by strengthening civil society in Africa in the spirit of commitment to humanity demonstrated by Kudirat Abiola, the late Nigerian pro-democracy leader, philanthropist and fighter for justice.

ALL PAGES OF THIS WEBSITE HAVE THE SAME URL. You just click on internal links like follows:


  • Vision: An Africa where women and youth are full participants in the continent’s social, economic and political development;
  • Mission: To empower and enable the development of Africa by strengthening organizations and initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women and youth;
  • Strategy: provide financial support; offer leadership development; build organizational capacity; foster collaboration with like-minded groups on an international scale; conduct research and publish findings on the contributions and status of women and youth.
  • Progress Report: By summer’s end, we were clear that an organization that honored my mother’s passion had to be a vehicle for developing women and youth as change agents in Nigeria.

We even crafted the goal: to restore democracy by empowering civil society in the spirit of commitment demonstrated by Kudirat Abiola. To achieve this, we identified five focus areas — women, youth, media, civil society development and friends (the solidarity idea instrumental in achieving democracy in South Africa). Both the goal and the focus areas has been clarified a great deal this year but served us well for our first three years.

KIND’s contact information:

  • KIND Nigeria Office, 15 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria, Tel: 234 1 264 7274, E-mail;
  • KIND USA, P.O. Box 65429, Washington DC – 20035, Tel: 301 883 0169, Fax: 301 883 0151, e-mail.

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Atheist Alliance International

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Linked with Michael Schmidt-Salomon – Germany, with giordano bruno stiftung, with The American Atheist, with International League of Non-Religious and Atheists, with Leitkultur Humanismus und Aufklärung, with Ex-Muslims form anti-religion group in Germany, with Manifesto of the Third Camp against US Militarism and Islamic Terrorism, and with the brights.

The Atheist Alliance Inc. AAI is a democratic association of independent, autonomous atheist societies. Applications for Alliance membership from independent local, regional or international atheist clubs, groups, societies, organizations, and associations are always welcome.

Conventions 2007;
Member Organizations;
The Library;
Books and Films;
Links and Sites;

AAI welcomes individual members. In addition, individual atheists who do not have an already established atheist organization in their area may receive a free membership with Atheist Internet Outreach; Established as a member organization of the AAI, our Outreach Program is designed to assist isolated and/or disaffected atheists with freethought issues of the day.

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giordano bruno stiftung

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This foundation has a german Website: Stiftung zur Förderung des evolutionären Humanismus – to reach its internal pages click on the left column on items like (some): Aktuell, Akademie, Newsletter, Forum, Verbindungen, Impressum … etc.

An english translated text on this separate page resumes the rised questions in a text of Prof Dr Dr Eric Hilgendorf:

While conservative politicians claim a christian-patriotic leading culture (“Values of the Christian occident”) and sometimes call to the arms against “godless and unpatriotic fellows” others are dreaming of the “multi-cultural society” incl. a “naturalization of Islam”. But nei-ther the conservative reanimation of the idea of a “Christian fort Europe” nor the postmodern appeasement politics towards religious and esoteric tendencies will promote the project of an “open society”.

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The International Center for Islam and Pluralism ICIP

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Linked with Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd – Egypt, with Modernity, Democracy Are Only for the Privileged, with The Qur’anic Concept of Justice.

ICIP was established in Jakarta in July 2003, after one year of preparation and dialogue. Participants in the dialogue process included intellectuals and specialists on Islam and pluralism, from Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines. The principal goal of ICIP is to build a network of Islamic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and progressive-moderate Muslim activists and intellectuals, in South-East Asia, and eventually around the globe. ICIP’s soft launching took place on 11-11-2003 in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Vision: The making of a harmonious relationship among various cultural and religious groups, transgressing all civilisations, based on principles of pluralism and multiculturalism.

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ECOSOCC The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union

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(Version française)

Linked with Mama Koite Doumbia – Mali, and with FEMNET, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network.


Africa’s Civil Society gathered at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 to 30 March 2005, the launching of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union ECOSOCC … On the occasion of its inauguration in Maputo, Mozambique in July 2003, the African Union embarked on a course to transform and integrate the Continent. The aims and aspirations of the new Union were a response to the calls for democracy and development from Africa’s vibrant civil society institutions. The Continent’s leaders determined to build a Union that was people-oriented. Aware of the rich and diverse human and institutional resources at the grassroots level, the new Union, then, would be devoted to building strong partnerships between the governments and all segments of the society. The impulse is not for the African Union to organize civil society. Rather the organizing principle of the ECOSOCC of the African Union is one in which civil society would organize themselves to work with the Organization. (full text).


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Linked with Mama Koite Doumbia – Mali, and with ECOSOCC The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union.

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network – Support to Advocacy for Women’s Rights in Africa and, specifically but not limited to, access and control over land and productive resources, sexual and reproductive health (including HIV/AIDS). (full text).

FEMNET’s Core Values:

  • Commitment and passion for women’s advancement;
  • Integrity, credibility, transparency and accountability;
  • Unity in diversity, solidarity, inclusiveness, respect and tolerance;
  • Professionalism, effectiveness, creativity and responsibility;
  • Justice, equality and democracy.

Communications Programme: Information and Communication technologies provide effective tools for information access and improved networking among women’s organisations. FEMNET’s communications programme seeks to optimumly use ICTs to provide African women with qualitative strategic information on women’s development, equality and human rights and to build the capacity of African women’s organizations to produce content for advocacy. To this end, the communications programme produces two bilingual newsletters, in English and French, for FEMNET membership.

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The Guizhou University, China

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Linked with Guilian Li – China.

The Guizhou University … is a state university, located in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, China … Guizhou University was merged with Guizhou Agricultural College, Guizhou Institute of Arts, and Guizhou Agricultural Cadre-Training School … Guizhou University has nine campuses in different parts in Guiyang. The administrative center is located in the Northern Campus on the Huaxi River. (full text).

chinese University Homepage;
english University Homepage;

Address: Arboretum of Guizhou Institute of Forestry Science, Ba Gongli, Southeastern Suburbs, Guizhou, Guiyang, 550011, China.

A text-excerpt: … Upon the approval of the State Education Commission, the former Guizhou University, Guizhou Institute of Agriculture, Guizhou Arts and Crafts College, Guizhou Institute for Agricultural Officials merged into a new Guizhou University … (full text).

Women’s e-news

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Women’s eNews is the definitive source of substantive news–unavailable anywhere else–covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. It enhances women’s ability to define their own lives and to participate fully in every sector of human endeavor. Women’s eNews editors seek out freelance writers from around the world to write on every topic–politics, religion, economics, health, science, education, sports, legislation–and commission them to write 800-word news articles for distribution each day to our subscribers and for posting on our Web site. We rely on the best practices of journalism and have gained enormous credibility by doing excellent journalism each day. Our commentaries–distributed each Wednesday–are written by prominent advocates. We also offer a monthly column in the media, Uncovering Gender, and update our page each week with an editorial cartoon by Pulitzer-prize winner Ann Telnaes. (full text).

Sylvia, by Nicole Hollander;
21 leaders for the 21st century;
Subscription and Membership;
Arabic Women’s e-news;
Women’s e-news links;

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Women without borders / Frauen ohne Grenzen

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(and their german Homepage)

Linked with Shadi Sadr – Iran, with Now up to 35 Iranian children facing execution,

Women without Borders is an advocacy, PR and lobbying organisation for women around the globe. As an international initiative for women in politics and civil society, Women without Borders offers women a forum so that their voices can be heard and their concerns made public. Women without Borders supports women all over the world as they strive towards the inclusion and participation of women in all levels of decision making processes, and to bring their talents and energies in to the public arena.

next event April 22, 2007 in, (und nächster Event in Wien);
girls without borders;
men for change;

Women without Borders stands for non-violent and peaceful conflict resolutions in countries of transition and reconstruction. For positive politics that cultivate the decisive inclusion of women, we advocate a future without fear, suppression and violence. The activities of Women without Borders spotlights the courage and dedication of leading female supporters of civil society and work determinedly to bridge the gap between cultures. Through global dialogue, targeted information, the creation of alliances and with model projects with international partner organisations, Women without Borders empowers women towards positive change. (full text).

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