"I fight for a unified Iraq"

Published: 2015-04-16 12:24
“We do not focus on the most sensitive topics, but rather try to gather women around the problems that basically every woman encounter," says Shameran M. Odisho, president of Iraqi Women's League. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

The history of Iraq is not only a story of violence and conflict. It is also a story of women’s courageous struggle. Meet women’s rights activist Shameran M. Odisho, who refuses to give up her hope of a united, peaceful Iraq, despite the fact that she has been persecuted for her political activism throughout her whole life.

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World not honouring promises for Gaza

Published: 2015-04-13 11:24
A majority of the homes, hospitals and schools demolished in the war on Gaza last summer have not yet been reconstructed. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Magnea Marinosdottir.

The international community contributes to the suffering of the people living in Gaza by not delivering on its promises of reconstruction. Without immediate action, further conflict is inevitable. This states a new report signed by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and 45 other human rights organisations.

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IDPs: "It is like a prison"

Published: 2015-04-09 13:10
"I had a good life before I was forced to flee," says Salama Metti Elias who lives in an IDP camp in Erbil. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Currently, around 3 million people in Iraq are internally displaced (IDPs). The needs are enormous. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation recently visited a refugee camp for Assyrian Christians in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Combats violence with new technique

Published: 2015-03-23 17:09
The app Bezbedna ("Safe") includes a help map that shows the locations of your nearest police station, social service, urgent medical care facility and SOS helpline. Illustration: Women's Autonomous Center.

What if, with a quick press of a button on your mobile, your location and the message that you were in danger would be sent to people you trust? In Serbia, this has become reality, as Autonomous Women’s Center has developed an app as part of their work to protect women from violence.

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Iraq in crisis – women demand increased protection

Published: 2015-03-13 10:56
Awezan Nuri and Bushra Zaki from Pana Center in Kirkuk, in a discussion with the Iraqi Minister of Women Affairs, Bayan Noori. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Emelia Frennmark.

Due to escalating violence and conflict, the space to push for women’s rights issues in Iraq has been minimal. But last week, women’s rights activists from different parts of the country got a rare opportunity to meet with politicians face to face, and present their demands for better protection against gender-based violence.

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"We have to support each other even more!"

Published: 2015-03-06 14:16
"Hatred, intimidation and violence. Thinking of March 8, it is more important than ever to stand up for our femdefenders, all over the world," writes Kvinna till Kvinna's Secretary General Lena Ag.

“Thinking of March 8, it is more important than ever to stand up for women human rights defenders, our femdefenders, all over the world.” Kvinna till Kvinna’s Secretary General Lena Ag writes about the backlash for women’s rights and her hopes when leaving for the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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Syrian women testify about brutal violence

Published: 2015-02-20 10:31
Kvinna till Kvinna's Secretary General Lena Ag at a visit at our partner organisation LECORVAW in northern Lebanon. LECORVAW works with supporting Lebanese and Syrian women subjected to violence. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Annika Flensburg.

The conflict in Syria and the power struggle taking place between different armed groups have had a devastating effect on women. This was made clear at a recent conference in Lebanon.

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