Ljiljana Nesic from Leskovac in southern Serbia, has worked for women human rights for 20 years. Since 2007 she has been active in the organisation Women for Peace, which focuses on supporting women who have been subjected to violence and on claiming responsibility for crimes committed during the war.
A number of prominent women, including doctors, women’s rights defenders, lawyers and politicians have recently been murdered by IS in Iraq. On Sunday, three additional murders were reported. To support activists in this dreadful development, Kvinna till Kvinna is currently organising a training in security.
All over the world, women and girls are risking everything, fighting for women’s human rights. “For them to succeed and have the strength to carry on, these brave people need our support, yours and mine!” writes our Secreatry General Lena Ag. Keep an eye out for more on #femdefenders the upcoming weeks!
Working for women’s rights in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in South Caucasus is an uphill struggle. 20 years after the armed conflict ended, society is still literally torn to pieces and violence against women is something you just don’t talk about.
Liberia is the country where the deadly Ebola virus is spreading fastest right now. The majority of those infected are women. One reason is that up to 75 percent of women are illiterate, and therefore are more difficult to reach with information about how they can protect themselves.
While international attention has been focused on other crisis around the world, the regime in Azerbaijan has intensified its persecution of the country’s civil rights organisations. ”Human rights defenders are being seriously constrained in their work,” says Lina Andéer, Coordinator for South Caucasus at The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
Over 200 women marched through Sarajevo to the Parliament of Bosnia-Herzegovina today, to put focus on women’s sufferings during the war. What women were subjected to has to date mostly been ignored. To change this, the activists demanded the creation of an annual Memorial day for women victims.
An anonymous woman crying. A man in uniform acting as an expert. Stereotypes in media reporting of conflicts are common, but it doesn’t have to be that way – not if using peace journalism.
When the bombs had fallen over Gaza for weeks, the women in Aisha decided that they needed to gather strength. During a truce, they carried out a two day training session in stress management, a method they had learned from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
The humanitarian and political crisis in Iraq is acute. Monday, the country’s new Prime Minister, Heider al-Abadi, presented his cabinet with about 20 new ministers. It has been important to create an inclusive government where different groups will receive influence. However, this has been allowed to obscure another issue that is crucial for the future of the country: Women’s participation and rights.