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FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development – is a knowledge and resource center for international women’s issues with an emphasis on the spreading of information and women-centered development cooperation. FOKUS’ primary goal is to contribute to the improvement of women’s social, economic, and political situation internationally.

At this site you can find more information about FOKUS and FOKUS-projects around the world.


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    Photo: TAO / Flickr 21.05.2015 Women farmers in Uganda bear the brunt of climate change effects As the effects of climate change continue to manifest, Agrarian dependent countries like Uganda suffer. Women farmers, who, constitute about 80% of the agricultural labor force, are additionally vu...
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    Photo: Dominic Sansoni / World Bank 15.05.2015 Is owning land less important for women? The war-affected women in Sri Lanka face numerous problems in their day-to-day lives. Among them is being deprived of land rights.
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    . 02.12.2014 Development for all? In June 2014, a report on gender equality and REDD+ was published by FOKUS. “Are we not seeing the women for all the trees?” is now available in English.
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    Photo: Lon&Queta / Flickr. 28.10.2014 Trial for sexual slavery opens in Guatemala Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled to open trial against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against women during the armed conflict.
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    . 06.10.2014 Human Rights Committee to review Sri Lanka On the 7th and 8th of October Sri Lanka will appear before the Human Rights Committee in Geneva for a review of their compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR...
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    . 11.06.2014 Women in Times of Transition: 1325 In Sri Lanka This briefing paper summarizes the Baseline Study carried out by FOKUS, which highlights the extent of participation of women in peace and security initiatives, both state and non state and the cha...