Long-awaited spotlight on war victims

Published: 2014-09-19 17:05
Activists walked with white umbrellas, symbolizing protection from bad weather and bad times. The banner reads: “We demand that the suffering of women in war is not forgotten”. Photo: Emir Burlovic.

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.

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Journalism that changes wars

Published: 2014-09-16 15:06
Pernilla Ahlsén and Jake Lynch go through news articles on the internet together with Una Cilic and Dijana Gajić, during a group assignment. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna Lithander.

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.

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Women's political participation crucial for Iraq's future

Published: 2014-09-08 16:37
"There are many competent women within Iraq's different ethnic groups. It's time that they also are listened to," writes Lena Ag. In the photo, members of the women's rights organisation Amez. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Emelia Frennmark.

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.

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Extensive crimes against humanity in Iraq

Published: 2014-09-03 12:30
Lanja Abdulla (center) from the women's rights organisation Warvin, visiting IDPs in the Dohuk province. Photo: Warvin.

The extent of crimes against humanity that minority groups in northern Iraq have been subjected to by the Islamic State (IS), is now being highlighted in several reports by human rights organisations. One of them is The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation Warvin.

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"Refugees live in schools and churches"

Published: 2014-08-22 12:47
People who have fled from the advancing IS, arrives in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Warvin.

Members of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation Warwin were among the people who were forced to flee into the mountains, when IS invaded Sinjar in Iraqi Kurdistan. Here, Khanda Zrar from Warvin tells about the terror and desperate situation for refugees.

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"We are fighting for no early marriages"

Published: 2014-08-21 11:37
Asma Khader is member of the Jordanian Senate, Secretary-General for the Jordanian National Commission for Women and on the board for Sisterhood is Global Institute. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

When she got a chance to meet with the King, she decided to speak out. That conversation led to almost 70 political prisoners being released. Asma Khader has been a prominent figure in the Jordanian women’s movement for 40 years, and her fight for human rights started already in school.

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"We must act in Iraq!"

Published: 2014-08-14 11:51
Ala Riani, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo: Yolanda Gomez Hurtado.

“This war is inhumane in every way, beheadings, mass shootings and expulsions. And now we hear reports of mass rapes.”
Our co-worker Ala Riani reports from an Iraqi Kurdistan in fear and chaos after ISIS’ advances.

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Volunteers for women's rights

Published: 2014-07-30 08:00
Maria Bladsjö is one of Kvinna till Kvinna's volunteers. Here she is working at the New Action on Women’s Rights conference in Malmö. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Studying social change at university simply was not enough for Maria Bladsjö, she wanted to bring about change in practice. Therefore, she started working for women’s rights as a volunteer for The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.

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