Topic: Women’s Rights

MEMBER NEWS: Scandinavia: IOGT Movements Interview Author of Heineken in Africa

IOGT International members in Sweden and Norway have organized outstanding public events to discuss the findings and stories of the book “Heineken in Africa”, written by investigative journalist Oliver van Beemen.”Heineken in Africa” exposes with compelling evidence and stories the unethical practices of the Dutch beer giant Heineken. Heineken boasts that its presence on the African continent boosts development. After six years of research, journalist Olivier van Beemen provides a detailed investigations. The truth he uncovered is not a love story: Heineken is exploiting people, communities and countries in Africa…

NEWS: India: Largest Democracy Goes Sober on Election Day

India will ban alcohol sales during the upcoming election days in celebration of democracy. The election commission will institute the ban on alcohol sales 48 hours ahead of closing the polls in the voting constituency and on May 23, 2019 which is counting day. Instituting alcohol-free days and periods is common in India, for example regarding the celebration of festivals, on national holidays such as Gandhi Jayanthi and Independence Day as well as on religious festival days. Such alcohol bans are implemented either locally, state-wide or nation-wide…

NEWS: Heineken Fined for US Trade Practice Violations

Alcohol watchdog of USA, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) fined Heineken for USD 2.5 million for violation of trade practices.Heineken was charged with giving their BrewLock platform free of charge to bars and reimbursing others through credit card swipes. BrewLock is Heineken’s draught beer system. The TTB alleged the BrewLock draught system “both obligated and induced” the bars to buy beer from Heineken…

NEWS: Canada: ‘Mommy Juice’ Normalizes Alcohol

Normalizing alcoholism for women is the newest social media trend fired by Big Alcohol. Many Facebook pages, YouTube videos and specially memes depicting managing stressors of motherhood through alcohol consumption is being highly circulated over the internet. “Women are being played and they’re being played in a very cynical way by the alcohol industry,” said Keating-Toews, AFM Education and Research Specialist, as per Global News…

OPEN LETTER: Don’t Poison Our Rights

Open Letter to call for an end of the partnership between Diageo, the world’s second largest liquor producer and the International Women’s Day, and to put an end to Big Alcohol attempting to poison Women’s Rights…

BLOG: Don’t Poison My Rights

A powerful blog post that takes issue with a popular hashtag.
Brenda explores why and how the fight for female empowerment and against Big Alcohol abusing feminism can and must become more inclusive, coherent and conscious of the needs of all affected women and girls…

NEWS: IOGT: Top 4 Blog Posts 2018

In 2018 the IOGT International Global Voices Blog Portal generated outstanding texts. The top four blog posts show the range of topics covered, and they show which issues resonated with a global audience. Here’s the top 4 list for your overview…

BLOG: We Care

These are times when our political leaders work to divide us and separate us by spreading lies and fears and hatred about different groups of people, instead of looking for true solutions to real problems. These are troubling times, when opinions are taken for facts, when talking points have replaced dialogue, when shouting is more important than listening, when corporate interests drown out people’s needs, when ideology trumps reality, when respect has become weakness and when truth has become an afterthought.

In times like this, it can be hard to feel hope and to see where change should come from. I believe, the starting point for change is to resist giving up and retreating, and instead stand firm by saying:

I care. We care. Let’s go…