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.
The many recent attacks on human rights and activists in Sweden are part of a larger pattern. Everywhere where nationalistic parties are growing in numbers, they bring with them a tail of violence and intimidation, writes our Secretary General Lena Ag.
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.
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.
The space for women’s rights activists globally to carry out their work is shrinking. This warns a new report presented by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation for 29 November, the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders.
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.