Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict  1

“The spotlight is on you and we are coming after you with all the means at our disposal, Zainab Banguara warned perpetrators of sexual violence during conflicts. “Humanity will pursue you and hold you to account.”    Jane McClenahan reports.

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Zainab Banguara, UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict. Courtesy UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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The Conversation: Apology to Korea benefits Japan, too 3

Jane McClenahan writes: As it advanced through Asia in the Second World War, the Japanese Army established an estimated 2,000 ‘comfort stations’.  This euphemism obscures the horror of what they really were – military brothels to service the sexual needs of the Japanese soldiers ….

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo by Barbara Borst

Statue of a traditional Japanese warrior, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Photo by Barbara Borst

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Adventures in Kurdistan Reply

A man in Zakho, Iraq,  wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

A man in Zakho, Iraq, wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

Sara Monteabaro writes:  During January 2014, I traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq along with five other students from New York University’s master’s in global affairs program. The trip was part of the Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding run by Professor Thomas Hill in conjunction with the University of Duhok in Iraq. As part of the program, each NYU student paired up with a Duhok counterpart to write a research paper on a topic related to peacebuilding in the Kurdistan region.

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Bolivian Journey 1

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In January 2014, New York University Global Affairs Graduate Students visited Bolivia.  Among them was Lauren Corr who researched the country’s efforts to blend traditional and modern health practices. She’ll report back on her findings for Tutawaza later in the year. In the meantime, we are delighted to share some of her photographs from the trip. ( All photographs by of Lauren Corr.)

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The Conversation: new on Tutawaza 1

Here on Tutawaza, we thought we’d add  a little something to the site. In addition to our regular blogs where our team reflect on initiatives in global development, we’ll be bringing you shorter pieces on what’s in the news, and behind the headlines. Serious, humorous and sometimes just stories that grabbed our attention and that we’d like to share here.

We’d like to know what you’re interested in too. So, please do tweet us @tutawaza, find us on Facebook at Tutawaza or meal tutawaza@gmail.com.

So, first up is a television series that could be worth a watch. In the West, television mockumentaries have become increasingly popular. Now, Kenya has got its first one. Like Ricky Gervais’s groundbreaking series, it is based in an office.

Here though it’s called  ‘The Samaritans’, and for those of us involved in international development, the joke may be on us.  There are clips available on its website .  Hopefully, the full episodes will be available soon. The clip showing the team working to create a new acronym to help them get a funding grant looked promising.