The publication entitled “Enhancing Access to Justice for Children” constitutes a follow-up to an eponymous panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The panel benefitted from the participation of international experts from UNICEF, ILO and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, among others. Through this publication, the Geneva Centre wishes to reiterate its commitment towards the attainment of the right to access justice for all children, in the MENA region and globally.
The publication entitled "Improving access to justice for workers: The case of the UAE" is an outcome of a panel discussion that was held on 20 March 2018 at Palais des Nations in Geneva addressing the same subject. The panel debate was arranged by the Geneva Centre, the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). The aim of the publication is to review the progress achieved in the UAE to enhance access to justice for workers and to identify areas of possible improvement.
In April 2019, the Geneva Centre organized a panel discussion as a book-launch event for its latest publication “The Unprecedented Rise of People on the Move in the 21st Century”. The panel included experts in the field of migration, journalists who accompanied rescue operations in the Mediterranean and an operative in aerial reconnaissance missions to support these.
In September 2017, the Geneva Centre organized a meeting on “Women’s rights in the Arab region: between myth and reality”, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The discussion sought to review the remaining challenges and to deconstruct the existing myths regarding women in the Arab region. As became evident during the debate, women worldwide are still suffering, to different degrees, from the grip of patriarchy, and these challenges are not specific to any culture, but are common to all countries.
Against the background of a heightened fear of the Other, with societies turning inwards and moving away from tolerance, the headscarf has become outrageously politicised. Politicians are waging a relentless war against this religious symbol, either by advocating its prohibition and thus trampling on article 18 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, or by legislating to impose it on women, thus violating women’s freedom to choose what to wear.