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"Shocking lack of support to internal refugees"

Published: 2015-01-23 15:06
Kvinna till Kvinna's field representatives Emelia Frennmark and Sara Lindvall urge the international community to listen to the women's rights activists in Syria and Iraq. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Last week, the good news that hundreds of yazidis had been released from IS’ captivity reached the world. However, there are no guarantees that they will receive the support they need when returning.

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Looking into support to Afghan women

Published: 2015-01-13 11:59
"There is a lot of energy and will within Afghan civil society," says Lotta Sjöström Becker.

Can we make positive changes for women’s rights and is the security situation such that it would not place our co-workers in danger? Our new project manager, Lotta Sjöström Becker, is currently taking a closer look at Afghanistan.

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"The world does embarrassingly little for Syria"

Published: 2014-12-18 15:59
Syrian refugees in Kawagosk camp outside of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: Warvin.

Lena Wallquist, Coordinator for The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s work with Syria, has just come back from a trip to southern Turkey, near the Syrian border. Many Syrians have fled from the conflict to this area and the refugee situation is becoming increasingly acute.

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Solidarity with women in Gaza

Published: 2014-12-12 17:01
The Gaza Walk was part of 16 Days of Activism, an annual global gathering of events to combat violence against women. Photo: Elena Alfageme/Alianza por la Solidariad.

Women’s rights in Gaza must be protected – including their equal right to have their home restituted after the war last summer! This was the message of the Gaza Walk, organised by women’s rights organisations, on the International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

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"I had to get protected identity"

Published: 2014-12-09 14:44
Anna Silver never imagined that her standing up for human rights would lead to hate-mail and threats. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ida Svedlund.

Sweden is often thought of as a safe country, where human rights are respected. But for activist Anna Silver, getting involved in helping EU migrants became an eye-opener. After being stalked on-line and having received one too many threatening phone calls, she moved and got protected identity. This is her story.

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"They accused us of promoting pedophilia"

Published: 2014-12-02 14:07
As executive director of the women's rights and peace organisation Society Without Violence, Anna Nikoghosyan is often targeted by anti-equality groups. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

A month ago, Anna Nikoghosyan celebrated her 10-year-anniversary as an activist. Working for women’s human rights in Armenia means constantly defending yourself against threats and smear campaigns. ”Extremist groups spread the message that gender equality is an anti-family and anti-Armenian western concept,” she says.

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"They told people to boycott me"

Published: 2014-11-27 11:37
"It is hard to be a political activists and at the same time a woman activist," says Palestinian women human rights defender Rita Noor. Photo: Kate Nevens/Flickr Creative Commons.

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.

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