Ever since the conflict broke out in South Sudan last December, women’s organisations have tirelessly been advocating for peace and for women’s inclusion in negotiations. This has led to both sides actually having women representatives at the peace talks.
The EU can play an important role in putting an end to a range of different violations of Palestinian women’s rights. This is the main message of a report launched by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMRHN) today.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sexual harassment in schools is a big problem, affecting many girls education. With support from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, the organisation CEDEJ-GL has worked many years with battling this abuse and supporting the victims. Now, international policy makers will learn from their knowledge and experiences.
For a democratic development in Egypt to become reality, the country needs to investigate human rights violations that have been committed – particularly the abuse against women. This according to the Egyptian organization Nazra.
On February 18, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation will receive FUF’s (the Swedish Development Forum) 2013 award, for our work to improve women’s security and living conditions. We talked to Annika Törnqvist, Head of Development at Kvinna till Kvinna, to find out about the prize and what it is that makes our approach to security different from others.
Reports of a deteriorating security situation, with bombings and targeted killings of civilians, is constantly reaching us from Iraq. But in the midst of all the violence, there are people working hard for human rights and peace. 2014 will be the first year ever that women’s rights organisations travel to Geneva to present their view on the governments work under the Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
On January 29, Kosovo committed to concrete actions to make women part of decisions that concern peace and security and for survivors of sexual violence from the war to receive justice. This as the government adopted a National Action Plan (NAP) for UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Last Saturday several masked men stormed a queer film festival in Sarajevo, psysichally attacking the visitors. Leading up to this incident was an on-line campaign in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), encouraging people to use violence against LGBT persons.
Peace talks on Syria are approaching, but women are still excluded from the process. “The negotiations must be opened up to include other actors than just the armed parties,” says our Secretary General Lena Ag, who is participating in the women’s movement’s parallel peace talks in Geneva.
Sweden can play an important role in getting Syrian women into the Geneva II talks – provided that there is a political will, write Kvinna till Kvinna’s Secretary General Lena Ag and Olof Palme International Center’s Secretary General Jens Orback.