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.
Fatima Naza was the first Roma women activist in Montenegro. She is co-founder of Center for Roma Initiatives, which works against child marriage and violence against women. A work that has made being threatened part of her everyday life.
The intensity of the armed conflicts in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have risen significantly the last few months – which severly has affected women human rights defenders and their ability to carry out their work. Last week, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation gathered 19 activists in Istanbul to strengthen their capacity in handling threats and crises.
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.