Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today said it was stunned by the almost “surreal” way the Moroccan gendarmerie has been harassing the family of cartoonist Khalid Gueddar, who currently lives in France. Gendarmes visited his family in Ain Aouda (40 km outside Rabat) five times on 2 November requesting information about his activities.“These attempts to pressure Gueddar’s family are becoming grotesque,” the press freedom organisation said. “This could be a source of amusement except that the invasion of their lives is a form of harassment and intimidation that we firmly condemn.”Gueddar draws cartoons for such media as the Madrid-based El Mundo newspaper and the satirical website Bakchich.info, but the gendarmerie’s attempts at intimidation were apparently prompted by a cartoon in the 19 October issue of the weekly Courrier International that accompanied an article by journalist Ali Lmrabet questioning the political will of the Moroccan authorities to stamp out drug trafficking.As well as the repeated visits, the gendarmes also asked Gueddar’s brother to give them the official family record book without offering any valid explanation for their request.Gueddar is well known in Morocco for his satirical cartoons. He used to be the cartoonist of the Moroccan weekly Demain Magazine until it was banned and its editor, Lmrabet, was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2003. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more November 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gendarmes harass family of cartoonist living in France News News Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 15, 2021 Find out more
Seven projects land funding to help support women and those with caring responsibilities back into employment Initiatives to help veterans, victims of domestic abuse and homeless women Funding part of the government’s £5m commitment to help people with care responsibilities back into work The funding is the latest to be awarded as part of the government’s drive to support disadvantaged women in the UK, and comes ahead of the launch of a new strategy which will set out how women of all ages should be supported to achieve their potential.Working with more than 100 employers, the seven projects have been allocated nearly £500,000, which will go towards providing refresher courses, training and qualifications to women from all backgrounds who have taken time away from work for caring responsibilities.Minister for Women & Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, said:“It is completely unacceptable that the careers of talented women are held back because they take time out of their jobs to care for a loved one.“Businesses cannot afford to overlook the potential of these talented women. That’s why we are investing in returners to work – giving them the opportunity to refresh and grow their skills. By acting on this issue we can grow the economy and achieve true equality in our workplaces.”The successful bids include a project that will give women the tools to progress in the security industry, another that will seek to help victims of domestic abuse and an initiative to help female partners of the Armed Forces and veterans return to work.Pioneering research by Eige found that reducing gender gaps in labour market participation, STEM qualifications and wages, could increase the size of the UK economy by around £55 billion by 2030.This funding is part of the government’s £5 million commitment to boost projects supporting women with caring responsibilities across the country back into the job market.Notes to Editor:Winning organisations:Mpower People CIC: £96,505MPower People CIC have a track record of supporting disadvantaged people into work, specifically those with mental or physical health issues, victims of domestic abuse, ex-offenders and people in challenging economic circumstances. Their programme will support women from various disadvantaged backgrounds, back into employment across the Liverpool City Region.Liverpool City Council: £87,500Liverpool City Council will develop a specialised women’s returner programme supporting victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders and those with limited English language skills.Partnering with existing refugee programmes, women’s probation and local domestic abuse services, the programme offers accredited (ESOL) training, soft-skilled training and personal development that leads to paid employment.Shpresa Programme: £78,000Shpresa will develop a BAME women returners’ programme, based in two locations. Their target group are migrant women with significant employment history, but due to cultural reasons are the main carers. These barriers, along with limited English skills create further issues for returning to employment.Adviza: £71,042Adviza Partnership will launch a sector-focused returner programme (security industry), designed to support BAME women into a male dominated sector. Participating returners will receive accredited qualifications and direct entry into security work that reduces cultural barriers often associated with this sector.Westminster City Council: £60,000Westminster City Council will develop a returner programme to support BAME women into the hospitality sector, focusing on some of the most deprived communities in Greater London.Beam: £50,000Beam will empower women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to secure employment by providing award-winning support and training through online fundraising. This is an innovative approach that is unique in the market.RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity: £48,000The RFEA programme will support the female partners of serving Armed Forces, and women veterans back into employment. The pressures of service life cause isolation for many Armed Forces’ partners, which create complexities around building a career for themselves, as they by default, become the main caregiver of children and relatives.The programme aims to reduce the disadvantages of this returner group and for the veterans of the future by enabling spouses of serving personnel to return to the workforce and build a career for themselves.
The organizers of the 17th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2012) have announced that two specialized forums on the advantages associated with the acquisition of new space technologies will be held as part of the exhibition. The two events are titled “Benefits of the Use of Space Technology for the Development of Countries” and “Development and Space Technologies.” During the symposia, which will take place in Chile on March 27 and 28, 2012, representatives of the international space industry will introduce the wide range of space technology currently in existence to an audience made up of officials, deputy secretaries and members of government commissions, and high-ranking commanders and project directors from the Armed Forces and security services, among others. Delegations from the majority of the continent’s space agencies, most notably those headquartered in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru are also expected to attend the forums. The organizers also noted that the forums will be held at the same time that the defense ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) agreed to create a shared space agency for peaceful purposes and that several Latin American nations are carrying out plans to manufacture satellites and launch them into space or have established alliances with other entities in order to put them into orbit, as in the case of Chile. Other examples are Venezuela, which is working on the construction of a local satellite, and Brazil, which already has seven satellites in orbit and has additional plans to send up a defense satellite in 2014. For its part, Argentina has two satellites in operation and is designing radar satellites. Similarly, the Bolivian satellite Tupac Katari is expected to become operational in 2014. By Dialogo November 30, 2011