A vicious smear campaign on Facebook nearly put an end to femdefender Rita Noor’s activism. Working for women’s rights and freedom in Palestine means tackling harsh resistance and threats. Sometimes even from other (male) members of civil society.
Women human rights defender Buthainah Mahmood got her life shattered when, last summer, she was forced to flee her home in Iraq. Today, she is one of millions of internally displaced people (IDP:s) in Iraq. But that does not stop her from working for human rights.
Is the war in Kosovo really over? Technically, it ended 15 years ago, but for tens of thousands of women, the war is still very present – in their memories, bodies and psyches.
”Addressing oppressive masculinities in the army should be a priority. Soldiers and police officers come from a patriarchal society and behave as they have been taught,” comments Muthaka Ilot Alphonse, executive director of Congo Men’s Network.
Gé-Gé Katana is a women’s rights defender working in Uvira in eastern DR Congo. She plays a central role in the struggle for women’s influence in society. Which also means meeting a lot of resistance. The threats against her have been numerous and she has both been arrested and forced into exile.
Armenian activist Anna Nikoghosyan got her name and personal information published in the newspaper Iravunk. The paper claimed that she and 59 others ”serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying” and should be considered enemies of the nation. 16 of them sued – and lost.
After having been beaten by her husband for 21 years, Dalal Jumaah reached a point where she felt “I’ve had enough, I deserve something better”. Today, she helps other women in vulnerable positions – but she pays a high price.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has chosen to stay on in Liberia to support the fight against Ebola together with our 14 partner women’s organisations. Focus is on strengthening the work with infection prevention
For more than two decades, Julia Kharashvili has been working for women’s rights in Georgia. A work that has born fruit. Today the organisation she co-founded – Association “Imedi” IDP women’s movement for peace – is an important civil society platform and Julia Kharashvili is known to most people within the nonprofit sector.
The conflict in Syria is forcing many people to flee. In the border town of Killis in Turkey, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports a newly opened women’s center, that offers a meeting place for women. Here they get to deal with traumatic experiences and can learn basic crafts to earn some money.