When her friend was sexually harassed by men in power at the university, she and some other students formed a group to work for change. Sadete Citaku from Kosovo wants to fight the difference in freedom between young women and men, and dreams of a world where men’s violence against women no longer exist
Around the world, women face threats, harassment and violence, simply because they are women. In spite of this, young women human rights defenders dare to challenge the resistance and fight for peace and women’s rights. Our new study examines the obstacles they face and how they find the strength to carry on.
#Femdefenders: Marija Stankovic struggles for the women in Serbia to receive the same rights as the men. Contrary to society’s expectations of how she, as a young woman, should behave, she chooses to fight against injustice.
“We are all still in shock after the recent attacks by extremist groups. But we can never accept that terrorists and fanatics claim the right to decide over our lives. They want to take away our hope for the future, paralyze and intimidate us into silence. They will never succeed!”, writes our Secretary General Lena Ag.
In 2014, Banaz Mohammad Amin became the first Iraqi woman working as a taxi driver. Now, she assists Rasan Organization for Women’s Rights in its activities for Yezidi women who have been forced to flee their home.
#Femdefenders: Leyla Murshudova from Azerbaijan was forbidden by her family to work. But she defied the threats from relatives and society and choose her own path. Now, she is committed to women human rights issues.
The Swedish government is proposing a decrease of Sweden’s development aid with 50 percent, to finance the reception of refugees – a proposal that, if adopted, would mean handing over the bill to the world’s poorest.
Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo demand to be included in the ongoing peace process. Together with The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and International Alert, Congolese women human rights defenders have listed actions needed for a more effective peace work.
In the midst of war, Syrian women are actively working for peaceful conflict solutions. This shows, “Peacebuilding defines our future now”, a new report by the Badael Foundation in cooperation with The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
It is the 15-year “anniversary” of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The women’s movement all over the world, has mobilized for months to get through the long, expensive and complicated (visa etcetera) process for travelling to New York and the UN and make their voices heard and share their experiences. And what happens? Two powerful men, the Spanish Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General can not match their agendas, so they change the date of the debate.