For three years, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has run an international training program based on Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The result has been overwhelming, with examples like more girls being able to attend school in Baghdad and a former participant becoming the first woman running for the post as Prime Minister in Libya.
Homosexuality is a sensitive issue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and there are many who even deny that it exists. Recently a draft law was presented to criminalize homosexuality in the country, something that The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation CEDEJ-GL strongly opposes.
Yesterday, a round-table on gender equality organised by Society Without Violence, one of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Armenian partner organisations, were attacked by a group of nationalists. The group shouted slogans against women’s rights activists and security personel had to stop them from entering the event. Kvinna till Kvinna has released a statement condemning the attack.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and our partner organisations in Iraq are very concerned about the negative development for women’s human rights in Iraq. Sweden has a good relationship with Iraq, and with that comes a responsibility. Therefore we today send a letter to Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, demanding that Sweden takes action!
When a female student at Cairo University in Egypt was sexually harassed by a mob of students on campus, the women’s rights organisation ACT decided to take action.
Liberia’s Senate has adopted a proposal for an electoral quota system. This is an important step for increasing women’s political participation in the country, and shows how effective the joint advocacy work made by women within civil society and politics has been.
Human rights organisations in Iraq warn about an increase in abuse against women as a result of escalating violence ahead of the elections and the war in neighbouring Syria. The Council of Ministers has also submitted a draft law, which forbids women to divorce and allows girls as young as 9 to be married off.
Frosina Ivanovska has been an activist for five years. She is a psychologist and works with the organisation Crisis Center “Hope” in Skopje, Macedonia, which is a member of Macedonian Women’s Rights Center. Crisis Center “Hope” works against all forms of violence in the Macedonian society, with a focus on violence against women.
Ever since the conflict broke out in South Sudan last December, women’s organisations have tirelessly been advocating for peace and for women’s inclusion in negotiations. This has led to both sides actually having women representatives at the peace talks.
The EU can play an important role in putting an end to a range of different violations of Palestinian women’s rights. This is the main message of a report launched by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMRHN) today.