For the first time, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has visited the remote south-eastern parts of Liberia. After speaking with women living in villages far beyond the main roads and meetings with women’s organisations, Kvinna till Kvinnas field representative Susanne Mannberg share her impressions.
A year has passed since Eurovision Song Contest, and the international media circus, left Azerbaijan. In connection with last year’s final, the lack of freedom of speech, discrimation and violence against women in the country was highlighted by many human rights organisations. But what happened when the international limelight changed it focus?
A new international mission in Afghanistan should be led by the UN. Another military intervention led by Nato would be devestating. The key to a peaceful future for the country must be found on the civilian side, writes several organisations in a joint statement, with regards to the US Secretary of State’s, John Kerry, visit to Stockholm today.
In Egypt, Muslim women preachers often have a lot of influence over ordinary Muslim women. Therefore the Arabian Company for Consultancy, Development and Law (ACCDL) decided to target this group with a project on women’s rights as part of a moderate Sharia view.
The situation in Syria is critical, especially for women and children. Society is being destroyed by war and violence and the consequences will be long-term. One of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Iraqi partner organisations recently went to Syria and reports that women’s rights are being increasingly threatened.
Early marriages, lack of political participation and violence. These are three major problems sprung from inequalities, that Palestinian women living in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories’ West Bank have to face. This according to a study carried out by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
“For the first time ever, we sit together, women politicians and activists, and talk about what we can do together. It is big and so important” says Chou Chou Namegabe, from Association des Femmes des Médias, AFEM, the Democratic Republic of Congo, about The Kvinna till Kvinna Fondation’s and International Alert’s conference for increased cooperation between women in politics and in civil society.
Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement on normalized relations and increased autonomy for Kosovo Serbs in northern Kosovo. While top officials welcomed the agreement, reactions on the ground were not all positive, according to The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s staff in Prishtina and Belgrade.
Anna Nikoghosyan is Programme Director for The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation Society Without Violence in Armenia. Kvinna till Kvinna’s Julia Lapitskii met up with her in the organisation’s office in Yerevan, to talk about women’s situation in the country and her personal story of activism.
18 April 1993 an opinion peace written by the initiative Kvinna till Kvinna was published in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The undersigning women protested against the sexual violence against women that was taking place during the ongoing Balkan wars. 20 years later Kvinna till Kvinna is still standing up for women affected by armed conflict.