Four years have passed since Fatima arrived at the small refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Four years of waiting for the war in Syria to end. However, she refuses to give in to despair. Instead, she has started a preschool for children in the camp, to strengthen their confidence and give them hope for the future.
”They killed the men and the old women. My sister, our cousins and I were captured and taken away. I was sold to an IS-warrior from Tunisia.”
Lebanon is one of the countries that has received the largest number of Syrian refugees. For many refugee women, it is difficult to find their way into this new society, including how to get the support they need. A light in the darkness, though, is the women’s center run by Women Now for Development.
Women’s sexuality, men’s violence against women and child marriage are very controversial topics in Georgia. The women’s rights organisation StudioMobile uses documentary films to initiate discussions and break taboos. A work that is met with opposition and threats.
“Many Georgian women believe that they are obliged …
In Syria, Amal Hussein had dreams for the future. She was just about to start her classes at university, when the war broke out and she was forced to leave everything. Now, she and her family live in a rundown apartment in Jordan, getting by with support from Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation Kura.
Georgian women’s rights organisation AVNG meets increasingly more women who become surrogate mothers as a way to survive poverty. Without any laws to protect them, the women often end up in very vulnerable situations.
“The least we can ask is that a government that calls itself feministic does not act in a way that is truly misogynistic.” Our Secretary General Lena Ag writes about Sweden’s and the EU’s failure to help refugee women.
A year ago, we released the news of The Kvinna till Kvinna’s Foundation’s support for Middle East’s first folk high school for women. March 1st, the dream came true and 25 women in Iraqi Kurdistan will now receive training to become professional child carers.
Year after year, there are new cases of women in Serbia being murdered in their home. But the perpetrators usually go unpunished. That is why The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations work to change attitudes and laws on violence against women – at the same time as they save lives.
The women’s rights organisation AFEM gave Josephine Kimbembe the courage to become head of her city district in the violence-affected Shabunda territory in DR Congo. Since then she has both managed to disarm rebel groups and improve the situation of women and children.