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Women organisations lifeline for Ebola survivors

Published: 2016-02-05 10:28
Kvinna till Kvinna co-organised workshops for women's rights organisations in Liberia on methods to stop the spreading of Ebola. The organisations then have passed on the knowledge to people out in the communities. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ruth Toby.

Mary Howard lost several family members to Ebola, but she herself won the battle with death. But when returning to her community from the care center, the stigma of the disease made her an outcast. Then the women’s rights organisation WONGOSOL stepped in.

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The Syrian peace talks needs women!

Published: 2016-02-01 14:35
"Time and again, promisses from the UN and its Member States of women's participation has proven to be lip service," writes Lena Ag.

“My colleagues and I are here to support the demands of the Syrian women human rights defenders that they must have a voice in the peace talks – they represent 51% of the Syrian population!” Our Secretary General Lena Ag blogs from Geneva.

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Successful training for equal peace in Colombia

Published: 2016-01-28 10:07
What does Resolution 1325 mean for you? Participants in the training programme write answers as messages to use on Twitter: The power to decide! The power to influence! Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Agnes Berge.

”I’m always afraid of the military. But those who are here are willing to have a dialogue – so then I am too,” says Fátima Muriel. She is one of the women human rights defenders who joined government and military officers in Villavicencio, Colombia, for a training in peace work built on equality, co-organised by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.

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"UN keeps missing security for women"

Published: 2016-01-19 12:00
When women are excluded from peace work, security issues like child marriage and systems for safe reporting of violence are often forgotten about, Disa Kammars Larsson points out. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Olga Beletski.

There should no longer be any doubt that gender equality is essential for achieving sustainable peace. Yet, time and again the UN fails to enforce its own decisions on women’s equal participation in all security work. Could a new resolution be the turning point?

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Unique meeting for activists in Central Asia

Published: 2016-01-13 15:42
”This is networking at its best!” says Salome Chagelishvili from Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation Anti-Violence Network of Georgia. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ida Svedlund.

“An unforgettable experience! It is invaluable for me to know that there are more people fighting for the same things,” says Salome Chagelishvili. She was one of over eighty participants in a unique activist meeting in Georgia, co-organised by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.

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Palestine to Syria: Sharing how to handle grief

Published: 2015-12-22 13:45
Women human rights defenders from Palestine share their experiences of working with trauma treatment, with activists from Syria. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Sara Lindvall.

For many years, our partner organisation Women’s Studies Center in Palestine has worked with a successful program to support women who have experienced grief and trauma due to war and conflict. Recently, they shared their experiences with women human rights defenders from Syria.

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Victories for women's struggle in 2015

Published: 2015-12-22 13:06
The campaign Rien Sans Les Femmes, pushes for an amendment of the Congolese election law that discriminate against women. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Susanne Rudehill.

2015 was in many ways a hard year for those who fight for equality for all people. However, #femdefenders’ fight for women’s rights also led to several victories. Our Secretary General Lena Ag writes about that which gives us hope for the future.

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Joining forces to stop child marriage

Published: 2015-12-21 10:39
Members of the Iraqi organisation Pana Centre visit Bourj el-Barajneh, a camp for Palestinian refugees in Beirut, together with Hassan Jarshi who works for Palestininan Women's Humanitarian Organisation. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Alexandra Karlsdotter Stenström.

At the same time as millions of people have been forced to flee the war in Syria, the number of child marriages in the region has increased at an alarming speed. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations in Lebanon and Iraq have started cooperating to try to stop this development.

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Women refugees are hit the hardest

Published: 2015-12-15 10:04
One of the Syrian families The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation's Secretary General Lena Ag met in the refugee reception center in Slavonskij Brod, Croatia. Photo: Lena Ag/Kvinna till Kvinna.

As Sweden is drastically reducing the number of refugees it takes in, the situation for the many refugees stuck in the Balkans is growing increasingly worse. Women no longer dare to report sexual abuse because they risk being stuck on the “wrong” side of the border, writes our Secretary General Lena Ag, who has just returned from visiting the huge refugee camps in the region.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A peace that failed women

Published: 2015-12-11 09:28
Activist Vildana Džekman became involved in women's human rights to challenge the hinders the Dayton agreement has led to for women's equal participation in society. Photo from feminist art festival Pitchwise.

”It has been a huge barrier to the development of a democratic society!” 20 years after the Dayton peace agreement ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, women human rights defenders’ judgement of its consequences is harsh.

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