If you live in North America or Europe, government shutdowns, Brexit, trade wars, or the crisis in Venezuela dominate the current news cycle. Most big powers are taking sides in Venezuela because they have vested interests in the country. Meanwhile in Sudan, civilians are taking to the streets against President Omar Al Bashir’s dictatorial regime, and it is drawing little international attention. Since mid-December, what started with anger over rising fuel and bread prices has now evolved into demands for President Al Bashir’s removal. The grievances are deep.
Marie Lamensch is the International Affairs editor. You can email her at marie [at] themantle.net.
Marie is the assistant to the director, researcher, and social media manager at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Born in Belgium, Marie has lived in Germany, France, Canada and the UK. After completing a Bachelor's degree in History (specialization Genocide studies) at Montreal's Concordia University, Marie volunteered in Ghana and Rwanda for several months. She then completed a Master's degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London.
At MIGS, she manages the Media Monitoring Project, conducts research for the Will to Intervene initiative and the DMAPLab, focusing on atrocity prevention, foreign policy, security, and technology. Marie writes for the Huffington Post Quebec and has recently been elected to the Board of the Canadian International Council. She is also McGill Women in Leadership mentor.
In her book Women and Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard looks at the ways women’s voices are not heard in contemporary culture and politics, and traces it back to the Antiquity when “to become a man was to claim the right to speak.” Public speaking simply defined masculinity and this influenced the societies we live still in today and the institutions we have. “The point is simple but important: as far back as we can see in Western history there is a radical separation - real, cultural and imaginary - between women and power.”
On January 29, UNICEF released its most recent report detailing the plight of millions of children around the world. Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programs, spoke at the launch, making this point clear, “from deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises.”