Over 200 women marched through Sarajevo to the Parliament of Bosnia-Herzegovina today, to put focus on women’s sufferings during the war. What women were subjected to has to date mostly been ignored. To change this, the activists demanded the creation of an annual Memorial day for women victims.
An anonymous woman crying. A man in uniform acting as an expert. Stereotypes in media reporting of conflicts are common, but it doesn’t have to be that way – not if using peace journalism.
When the bombs had fallen over Gaza for weeks, the women in Aisha decided that they needed to gather strength. During a truce, they carried out a two day training session in stress management, a method they had learned from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
The humanitarian and political crisis in Iraq is acute. Monday, the country’s new Prime Minister, Heider al-Abadi, presented his cabinet with about 20 new ministers. It has been important to create an inclusive government where different groups will receive influence. However, this has been allowed to obscure another issue that is crucial for the future of the country: Women’s participation and rights.
The extent of crimes against humanity that minority groups in northern Iraq have been subjected to by the Islamic State (IS), is now being highlighted in several reports by human rights organisations. One of them is The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation Warvin.
Members of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisation Warwin were among the people who were forced to flee into the mountains, when IS invaded Sinjar in Iraqi Kurdistan. Here, Khanda Zrar from Warvin tells about the terror and desperate situation for refugees.
When she got a chance to meet with the King, she decided to speak out. That conversation led to almost 70 political prisoners being released. Asma Khader has been a prominent figure in the Jordanian women’s movement for 40 years, and her fight for human rights started already in school.
“This war is inhumane in every way, beheadings, mass shootings and expulsions. And now we hear reports of mass rapes.”
Our co-worker Ala Riani reports from an Iraqi Kurdistan in fear and chaos after ISIS’ advances.
Studying social change at university simply was not enough for Maria Bladsjö, she wanted to bring about change in practice. Therefore, she started working for women’s rights as a volunteer for The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
With civilians in Gaza killed by Israeli airstrikes and homes, schools, and water facilities damaged and destroyed and as rockets continue to be fired from Gaza towards Israel, we now call again for a ceasefire.