People march during a climate strike in Montréal in September 2019. Climate change is a top concern for Canadians, but new Elections Canada rules left civil society organizations fearing they could not speak out on the need for climate action during the election.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canada’s new Elections Act may have prevented the type of mammoth election spending seen in the United States via super-PACs, but it's been at the expense of public debate.
This 13-year-old boy from India’s Bihar state who worked 15 hours a day making bread was rescued by the workers of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save Childhood movement in 2014. India’s far-right BJP is taking aim at NGOs.
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Narendra Modi's BJP views NGO activists as defiant because they challenge conventional notions of power, social structures and hierarchies that conflict with the idea of Hindu majoritarianism.
US demonstrators who favor and oppose stricter gun laws, in 2018.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
A female farmer in Zambia tends to her crops.
Margaret W. Nea/Bread for the World/Flickr
Civil society organisations in Zambia help women get access to land.
May Wong, Great Hall of the People, Tian'anmen Square via Flickr
A new Chinese law giving police powers over foreign NGOs is indicative of a global trend to restrict the political space available for civil society.
A fundamental challenge in Japan, in particular, is the low visibility of refugees and undocumented migrant workers.
Despite being one of the top donors to the UN refugee agency, Japan accepts very few asylum seekers, and provides little support for those who do make it.
Recommendations that aren’t accepted tend to involve hard political issues related to civil and political liberties.
REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
States report to the UN Human Rights Council every four-and-a-half years and receive its recommendations, which they can either "accept" or "note".
When governments and students collide, university systems wobble.
The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
Albert González Farran – Unamid/Flickr
Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
Groups like Stonewall have become big players in the workplace.
A key event in the British employment calendar is the publication of the Workplace Equality Index each January. It is a ranking of the top-100 “gay-friendly” employers by Stonewall, the UK’s main campaigning…