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2016 has seen an increase in reported Violence Against Women in Afghanistan going against improvements in the area of Human Rights during the last years. This is unacceptable. "All violence in Afghanistan must end. Before there is peace for Afghan women, there is no peace for Afghanistan. Not long ago the Afghan Government in Brussels presented a strong vision for Afghanistan, including plans to improve the conditions for women.

2016 has seen an increase in reported Violence Against Women in Afghanistan going against improvements in the area of Human Rights during the last years. This is unacceptable. The EU calls for prompt and significant action from the Afghan Government to end violence against women.

Mr Jobst von Kirchmann, Head of Unit for Pacific, Middle East, Gulf and Central Asia in the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development signed today with Mr Richard Hipa, Deputy National Authorising Officer of Niue, a financing agreement of € 300,000 (NZD 458,000) to support the implementation of the Niue National Strategic Plan and the energy sector specific plan.

Mr Jobst von Kirchmann, Head of Unit for Pacific, Middle East, Gulf and Central Asia in the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development signed today with Mr David Adeang, Minister for Economy a financing agreement of € 2.4 Mio to support implementation of Nauru's National Sustainable Development Strategy and the Nauru Energy Road Map.

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 Scholars have devoted considerable effort to understanding the European Union’s (EU) role in international politics. It has been argued that the EU’s global role can be understood as ‘civilian’ (Duchene 1973), ‘responsible’ (Mayer 2008),  ‘ethical’ (Aggestam 2008), or ‘small’ (Toje 2011). This essay will focus on the notion of the EU as a ‘normative’ power, first popularised by Ian Manners (2002). Manners argued that the EU’s ability to influence the behaviour of others by exporting its values, rendered it a distinct kind of actor in world politics.

CESAA has been running its annual essay for the past 22 years and this year strong entries were awarded by our Political Counsellor Dr Bruno Scholl in Melbourne last month. CESAA has announced that the winners of the 22nd annual essay competition in the undergraduate category were William James Hargreaves from the University of Melbourne for his essay entitled 'The current Ukraine crisis has clearly illustrated the fact that the EU is not, and never will be, a hard power.

The European Union Delegation in Canberra will be lit up in orange for the next two nights to mark the beginning of '16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.'

The international campaign is organised each year as part of the UN Secretary General's global 'UNiTE campaign', and aims to raise public awareness and mobilise individuals and organisations worldwide to end violence against women and girls.

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