Solidarity with women in Gaza

Published: 2014-12-12 17:01
The Gaza Walk was part of 16 Days of Activism, an annual global gathering of events to combat violence against women. Photo: Elena Alfageme/Alianza por la Solidariad.

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.

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"I had to get protected identity"

Published: 2014-12-09 14:44
Anna Silver never imagined that her standing up for human rights would lead to hate-mail and threats. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ida Svedlund.

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.

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"They accused us of promoting pedophilia"

Published: 2014-12-02 14:07
As executive director of the women's rights and peace organisation Society Without Violence, Anna Nikoghosyan is often targeted by anti-equality groups. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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"They told people to boycott me"

Published: 2014-11-27 11:37
"It is hard to be a political activists and at the same time a woman activist," says Palestinian women human rights defender Rita Noor. Photo: Kate Nevens/Flickr Creative Commons.

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.

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"Militia groups gathered around my house"

Published: 2014-11-21 14:09
"Being forced to flee your home is like being thrown away like a ball – and not knowing where you will land," says Buthainah Mahmood. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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War victims break the silence with art

Published: 2014-11-20 16:07
Veprore Shehu from Medica Kosova, shows paintings made by survivors of war rape during art therapy. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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Actions on sexual violence for Congolese military forces

Published: 2014-11-18 13:48
Despite the peace agreement from 2003, armed conflicts has continued to flare up in the eastern parts of DR Congo, and especially civilians in rural areas have been targets for sexual violence. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna Lithander.

”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.

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"Those in power are afraid of us"

Published: 2014-11-12 12:12
Gé-Gé Katana was put in house arrest for a long time because of her activism. She still receives threats, but nowadays the authorities are eager to show that they support her organisation's work. Photo: Cato Lein.

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.

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