Books on ethical issues with global relevance and contextual perspectives. Each volume includes contributions from at least two continents and with two editors, often one from the global South and one from the global North.

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  • Women’s access to social media networks in rural Fiji

    Bhagwan-Rolls, Sharon (, 2014)
    "While millions of people around the globe, through social networking (internal, external, or mobile), are building online local, regional, and global communities to communicate their shared interests and activities, disseminate information, and interact through a variety of web-based tools, what are the implications for rural women in the Pacific Island region?"
  • Nepali women use new information and communication technologies to advocate for policy change

    Thapa, Manju (, 2014)
    "Nepal, a rectangular east-west spread on the Asian map, sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south, is divided into three ecological regions: the northern Himalayan belt, the middle mountains (where most of the people live), and the narrow southern strip of plain, which grows most of the food crops. The country is divided into five development regions and 14 administrative zones, with 75 districts, although recent political changes have popularized the notion of a federalism-based state-nation, and which seems in the offing. Basically a feudal patriarchal society, Nepalese society has been experiencing a rapidly changing political scenario, economic policies and social awareness in recent decades that have brought about enormous transformations, and in which everyday lives are reconceptualised, reconstructed and lived, with new negotiations continually made between the personal and public."
  • Gender and ethics in an online environment

    Randhawa, Sonia (, 2014)
    "The following chapter examines how two online platforms, Gender- and Take Back the Tech!,engage with the issue of ethics and trust with their networks on issues related to feminism and internet technologies."
  • Flying broom’s “local women reporters’ network”

    Doğan, Selen; Somuncuoğlu, Sevna (, 2014)
    "It is expected that the media as a significant power use this power also for equality, justice and peace. Yet, the media have become a tool for struggle in women’s world, just like in other “disregarded”, “weakened” communities. A dangerous tool! This is because women constitute half of the population on a global scale. In this respect the media should not exist by addressing and being nourished by only one half of the population. However, today’s media form a structure, in almost every part of the world, in which only men make decisions and media context is maledominated. The media, with their sexist language and perspective, are far away from representing women."
  • Unequal in an unequal world: gender dimensions of communication rights

    Lee, Philip (, 2014)
    "In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and thirty-three years later, in 1981, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) entered into force. Yet it still took until 25 June 1993 for the UN World Conference on Human Rights to rededicate itself to “the global task of promoting and protecting all human rights and fundamental freedoms” and to affirm that “All human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated” by adopting what became known as the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA)."
  • Sustainability Ethics: Ecology, Economy & Ethics (2015)

    Mukherjee, Sanjoy; Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2015)
    "“Sustainable Development” is the goal 2015-2030 of the global community of states, adopted by the United Nations. This book shows how ecology, economy and ethics are all needed to reach these goals. Understanding a concept like ‘sustainability’ requires an understanding not only of what we are seeking to ‘sustain’, but also how man’s activities and needs are implicated in and can threaten the future of these biological systems. It is for this first point that we are concerned with Ecology, and for the second that we are concerned with Economics. Ethics then shows the orientation by values and virtues how human being should interact with the environment. The articles in this book come from one of the key countries of the world, India, whose population represents almost 20% of the world’s population. Questions surrounding economic development and environmental sustainability are fundamental to understanding the country’s future, and how it will tackle difficult issues, like the eradication of poverty. This publication represents a selection of articles presented at the Third Annual International Conference on Sustainability SusCon III in Shillong, India, which took place between the 6-8 March 2013, hosted by the Indian Institute of Management, a leading institute in the North East of India."
  • Innovation Ethics

    Bastos de Morais, Jean Claude; Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2014)
    Innovation is a core driver for economic growth and development. Africa is one of the upcoming continents in this respect. But there are manifold ethical challenges in innovation. The 14 authors from three continents, with a focus on Africa, give innovative multidisciplinary insights to technological, social, cultural, political, spiritual and research aspects of the ethics of innovation.
  • Decision : the space between the code of ethics and ethical behaviour

    Paredes, Carmen Lucia Carmona (, 2012)
    The financial crisis and frauds that have occurred in the last decade have inspired an extraordinary wave of regulatory reforms, changes in corporate governance structures, adoption of codes of ethics, and implementation committees (Dominguez, Alvarez and Sanchez, 2009). However, despite these clear efforts that promote ethical behaviour in the financial world, the fact is that the link between preventive solutions and a reduction in the number of scandals is not clear. (Huse, 2005; Roberts et to the, 2005; Hans et to the, 2009; Schwartz, 2005; Bonn and Fisher 2005). There is still a gap between what it is said and what it is done.
  • Code of Leadership adopted by the National Council of Churches in India, 2004

    National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    "Realizing that responsible leadership is a central part of the strategy to fight corruption, we urge on the NCCI, the member Churches, Regional Christian Councils, Related Agencies and the All India Christian Organizations to impress on the leadership that the adoption of the following code will be a crucial contribution towards overcoming corruption" - Truth and Peace through corruption-free churches: plan of action unanimously approved by the NCCI quadrennial assembly 9-13 February 2014
  • Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society

    Vallotton Preisig, Amélie (, 2014)
    "Information Ethics concerns the values and applications of how information is made, treated, organized, and made available for users. The articles published in this volume reflect the work of several librarians from around the world who wish to define and develop the values they believe central to the work of an information specialist, and how best to apply those values to the professional lives of all information specialists."
  • Mining Ethics and Sustainability

    Irina, Nicolae; Stückelberger, Christoph (, 2014)
    This paper aims to increase our understanding about existing community capacity-building approaches and their implications for obtaining a social license to operate in the mining industry. The notion of ‘capacity building’ is gaining increasing currency in the mining sector in developing countries, due to the rapidly increasing globalised nature of mining operations. Building a community’s capacity to understand and effectively respond to these transformations is vital for obtaining a social license to operate, as it promotes sustainable and locally relevant development. Accountability mechanisms, such as global norms and international standards, increasingly point to the need to build capacity among stakeholders, particularly among local communities adjacent to mining operations. International frameworks and mining companies have embraced the notion of community capacity-building as a driver to assist corporate social and operational performance. However, this narrow understanding of capacity-building through the prism of corporate social responsibility and ‘best practices’ is preventing the industry from impacting communities meaningfully, and from forging sustainable communities in the 10 Mining Ethics and Sustainability regions where it operates.
  • Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society

    Vallotton Preisig, Amélie; Stückelberger, Christoph; Rösch, Hermann (, 2014)
    "Information Ethics concerns the values and applications of how information is made, treated, organized, and made available for users. The articles published in this volume reflect the work of several librarians from around the world who wish to define and develop the values they believe central to the work of an information specialist, and how best to apply those values to the professional lives of all information specialists."
  • More or Less Equal

    Lee, Philip; Sabanes Plou, Dafne (, 2014)
    Today's digital platforms offer the tantalizing possibility of learning and taking into account opinions from the margins that contradict the dominant voices in the public sphere. The concept of citizen journalism has radically altered traditional news and information flows, encouraging greater interaction and interdependence. What challenges does this development pose for societies worldwide? What ethical questions does it raise? This booklet explores these questions against a background of rapid technological change and with the aim of strengthening the communication rights of all people everywhere.
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] African Church Leadership. Between Christ, Cultures and Conflicts

    Mugambi, J. N. K. ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    The question of the relationship between Christianity and culture is a perennial problem that has endured since the beginning of Christianity. It is a challenge for all churches and a specific challenge for church leadership in Africa. In his book Christ and Culture, H. Richard Niebuhr1 suggests at least five different ways in which this relationship might be expressed. Niebuhr’s analysis is helpful for anyone interested in discerning how Christianity has been appropriated for social change in the contemporary world, especially in Africa. It is worthwhile to summarise that analysis
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Religious Statistics in Russia

    Silantyev, Roman ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    The first national census to be conducted since 1989 took place in October 2002. Unfortunately, it was not compulsory and provoked a great deal of scandals; still it allowed for the production of a body of officially recognised data that, if processed, can give answers to many questions concerning the nature of Russian society today. One important question however has remained unanswered. As early as the initial stages in preparations for the census, many authoritative scientists insisted that the census questionnaire should include a question about the religious affiliation of respondents and proposed to omit instead the questions about their living conditions as such data are easily obtained from housing and communal services. They heard in response that this replacement was difficult to make technically and that, generally, religious leaders strongly disapproved of such questions, allegedly afraid to face the truth when they saw how low in fact the numbers of their followers were. To be sure, it was just a lame excuse because major religious organisations in Russia were concerned in the first place with obtaining such data and never objected to having the questionnaires corrected accordingly. As a result, the request of scientists was rejected, thus depriving them of an opportunity to handle official statistics as to the religious convictions of Russian citizens for at least ten more years, while engaged specialists retained the carte blanche to continue speculating on the subject. Followers of scientific atheism will thus continue arguing that it is they who make up the majority of the population, while supporters of the interests of religious minorities will continue insisting on having as many as 35 million Russian Muslims, 5 million Protestants and 1.5 million Catholics. It is much easier to refute such claims than to substantiate them. However, a natural question arises here: ‘What is it in fact that the Russians believe in ?’ In order to answer, let us undertake an analysis of the four principal sources of information concerning the religious composition of the Russian population
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Fighting Corruption in and by Churches. An Important Task of Church Leaders

    Stückelberger, Christoph ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    No, it is not because I was personally confronted with cases of corruption or because I have been tempted, and it is not because I have lost my job as a whistleblower (an informant who reports cases of corruption), that I have dealt with the issue of fighting corruption for the last twelve years. Economic and ethical analyses have much rather opened my eyes to the fact that corruption can enormously obstruct development and moral credibility. This insight inspired me to found in 1995 the Swiss chapter of Transparency International (TI), the worldwide known NGO against corruption that has chapters in 90 countries.1 And, during my twelve years of church development cooperation as director of Bread for all, I heard many examples of corruption in churches and by church representatives on all levels. I have become a Wailing Wall for young professionals and church staff in developing countries who wanted to fight corruption but are not supported or are blocked by church leaders. It was them who showed me how much churches are also involved in these mechanisms. Churches are part of the problem, but also part of the solution. Together with church-related partners we therefore launched and supported projects in Africa and Asia for corruption-free schools and churches, described in various publications
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Business Responsibility. An American Christian Perspective

    Hadsell, Heidi ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    One widely shared approach in North America to business ethics in recent decades has often envisioned some combination of a threefold responsibility that corporations have in society: the responsibility to the shareholders, to the consumer, and to the wider society. It is generally assumed for those who use this rough notion of corporate responsibility, that when big business manages to balance its responsibility to these three stakeholders and thus to negotiate their separate and often competing interests, business is acting in an ethically responsible way. According to this common logic, when a given business engaging in economic activity of some kind, thinks not only of the profits that go to the owners or shareholders of the business, but also about the consumer, and therefore about things like the reliability of the object or service being provided, about honesty in advertising, about quality and durability, and when a business thinks not only of profits and customers or consumers, but also about the wider society, and thus about the role of the business in the community, and more largely about the use of the resources of the community, and the people in the community not directly connected to the business – then business may be said to be acting in a responsible manner. 1. Primary
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Gender Responsibility In Religious Leadership

    Walz, Heike ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    Leadership is in crisis in Argentina. It is not only about politicians, who have been criticised for showing lack of moral authority and integrity in recent times, but also about religious leaders, mainly from the Roman Catholic Church, which traditionally has had a significant impact on religious life in Argentina.1 On the one hand, trust in politicians, political organisations and the State is lacking, and the credibility of institutions such as political parties, members of the judicial system, trade unions, educational institutions and religious institutions is in crisis. On the other hand, human rights organisations of civil society such as the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo or the ecumenical movement for human rights (MEDH) are still active and publicly respected. Argentina is going through a transformation process from a ‘defective democracy’ to a ‘consolidated democracy’, to use categories of political science. A lack of confidence in democracy as a political system as well as in representatives of democracy is part of the crisis of leadership.
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Church Leadership is challenged. A Perspective on Christian and African Values

    Kobia, Samuel M ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    Moral leadership is by far the most critical area where the church is expected to play a specific role. My contention is that even more than the political and economic crises, the moral crisis represents the greatest challenge in Africa – and indeed in the world in general. There are serious ethical questions both at the African and world level that we must be prepared to give leadership in addressing. The so-called new international economic order, which is being expressed through globalisation, is but a global economic apartheid. Basically, it is a moral question even before it becomes an economic and a social question. The moral leadership of churches should also be discerned in the area of debt and structural adjustment programs. These are fertile grounds for breeding corruption. Debt cancellation alone is not enough. Alongside with the campaign for debt cancellation, the church must raise ethical questions about borrowing, lending, and spending. How responsible have we been in those three areas? The church must unmistakably state that structural adjustment policies and programs as well as debt servicing and repaying are unethical as long as they result in massive suffering of the people
  • [Responsible Leadership Global and Contextual Ethical Perspectives] Theology And Pluralistic Ethics. An Indonesian Muslim Perspective

    Machasin, Muhammad ( / WCC Publications, 2007)
    Religion has been coming to the fore in the debate of how Indonesia should be built so that each of its citizens give the best place to live. For Muslims it is really a problem of theology since they are told from time to time that there is no separation between what is religious and what is secular. For them the reality of a religiously pluralistic state is something new, about which they do not have any reference in their religious tradition. Islamic systems of government have been so far established on the basis of a single faith whereby no competitor was allowed to share the making. Thus, the Indonesian experience in which people of different religious backgrounds share the same rights and duties in front of the state challenges Muslims’ religious attitude

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