Opening the first so called folk high school for women in the Middle East – that is the goal for women’s rights organisation Amez. And if everything goes as planned, the classes will commence in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan, in January 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon has often been held up as a role model for LGBT rights in the Middle East. However, much remains to be done. Especially when it comes to discrimination of homo- and bisexual women and trans people.
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.
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.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation condems the violence used against peaceful protesters at a demonstration held in connection with the International Women’s Day at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, the West Bank.
“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.
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.