"We live in the midst of violence"

Published: 2014-10-22 14:52
Nahdha Ali Ahmed was one of 19 women's rights defenders from Iraq and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, who participated in a security training course in Istanbul last week. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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"Husbands come to threaten us"

Published: 2014-10-16 11:20
Ljiljana Nesic (left) discusses the training that Women for Peace provides for girls in upper secondary schools on gender and gender-based violence, with her colleague Maja Dimitrijevic and Maja Stajcic from Kvinna till Kvinna. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Stina Carlsson.

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.

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High-profile women murdered in Iraq

Published: 2014-10-15 13:30
Iraqi women human rights defenders at a current meeting in Istanbul, talking about how to uphold their own safety in the violent situation in the country. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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#femdefenders of the world – unite!

Published: 2014-10-08 14:18
Women human rights defenders demonstrating on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, for womens rights in development. AWID Forum 2012. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Christina Hagner.

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!

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"The mobile team is women's only chance to see a gynecologist"

Published: 2014-09-30 15:01
Dalila Pilia (left) from the women's organisation World Without Violence, explains the challenges of working with gender equality in Abkhazia to The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation's Secretary General Lena Ag (right). Gayane Chakharyan (middle) is translating. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Julia Lapitskii.

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.

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Liberian women hardest hit by Ebola

Published: 2014-09-29 11:45
Ruth Caesar from MARWOPNET, an organisation that normally works with peacebuilding, but now has redirected its efforts to focus on hindering the spread of Ebola. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna Lithander.

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.

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Azerbaijan targets human rights defenders

Published: 2014-09-23 15:17
The government of Azerbaijan has put a lot of money into polishing the country's facade, but beyond the shiny new buildings, the situation for human rights defenders is swiftly deteriorating. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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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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