Does Economic Progress Benefit Men and Women Equally?

by guest-writer Gohar Shahnazaryan

photos from marches in various cities on March 8, 2017

One of the main arguments of neoliberalism is that an increase of women’s economic participation will inevitably lead to their empowerment, including political. But feminist critique of liberalism and economic modernization has its own perspective on the issue.


March in Yerevan March 8, 2017 © Sofia Manukyan



My Vision for Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in Germany

By Theresa

If you want to surprise people working on business and human rights in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the UK or the US, introduce them to the current state of business and human rights in Germany. Or, even better: show them the absence of human rights thinking in the mainstream German Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dialogue. These encounters at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (UNBHR) in Geneva showed me that a post on this issue could interest some of our readers. I am a personal advocate of “you only gain the right to complain if you help solve the problem”. Consequently, this post presents you with my vision for corporate human rights responsibility in Germany.


My Favourite Souvenir from Geneva: Networking at the fifth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

By Theresa

My second visit to a UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (UNBHR) has again provided me with lots of food for thought. This post is dedicated, however, to my best souvenir from the 2016 Forum: great networking and valuable hints and advice. (more…)

Beyond Capitalism: Other Ways to Organise Ourselves

by Sofia

In one of his essays about circular time Jorge Luis Borges quotes Marcus Aurelius: the one who sees the present, has seen the past and the future. Borges adds that the realization that time and history is circular (or rather humans’ existence is unchangeable) is especially painful (or angering) at times of prosperity and renaissance, while at times of decline, circularity is the guarantee that no disgrace, calamity, dictator can belittle us.

Capitalism too, like any other form of socio-politico-economic organization, is sooner or later going to be replaced. We can now see the embryos scattered all over the globe which promise to crack and replace the capitalist mantle. Like most of the transformations, the process might be painful, but it eventually can bring an end to our disgrace (for those considering this a period of prosperity, be ready for decline).

In this post I would like to speak about several alternatives to our current socio-political, economic, moral and other crises. There seem to be many alternative initiatives at the moment, which makes one hopeful about transitioning from crises. I will speak only of several, so feel free to add a sentence or two about others in the comments bar. (more…)

Impressions from Geneva

A Great Source of Information, Inspiration and Motivation

By Theresa

The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva took place during 16-18 November 2015. It was my first time and, to be honest, I did not expect the forum to provide me with life-changing information: I am not an academic in the field and just started working for the German network of fair trade and alternative trading organisations. They run a campaign for a strong national action plan on business and human rights. The organisation does, however, not have the resources to pro-actively participate in the Business & Human Rights movement on the global scale. (more…)

Is Construction Business in Turkey for People or Against People?

by Sofia


© Sofia Manukyan

When I started writing about the culture of construction in Turkey, my attention was caught by an article about gentrification plans in London. People expressed their opposition to the luxury brought by “development” plans in Camden which according to them was not only a threat to the local culture, but also posed a problem in terms of affordability of the neighbourhood. “The heart of Camden is being ripped out, pubs are being converted to luxury flats no-one can afford, venues are under threat, the market is flogged off to be a casino (and yet more unaffordable flats). Rents are rising … fast”, read the event statement on Facebook. This reminded me of the situation in Istanbul.  (more…)