Last week, the good news that hundreds of yazidis had been released from IS’ captivity reached the world. However, there are no guarantees that they will receive the support they need when returning.
“With such an analysis, the global problem of violence against women will never be defeated. On the contrary, it may contribute to make the situation worse,” blogs The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Secretary-General Lena Ag.
Can we make positive changes for women’s rights and is the security situation such that it would not place our co-workers in danger? Our new project manager, Lotta Sjöström Becker, is currently taking a closer look at Afghanistan.
Lena Wallquist, Coordinator for The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s work with Syria, has just come back from a trip to southern Turkey, near the Syrian border. Many Syrians have fled from the conflict to this area and the refugee situation is becoming increasingly acute.
Women’s rights in Gaza must be protected – including their equal right to have their home restituted after the war last summer! This was the message of the Gaza Walk, organised by women’s rights organisations, on the International Human Rights Day, December 10th.
The many recent attacks on human rights and activists in Sweden are part of a larger pattern. Everywhere where nationalistic parties are growing in numbers, they bring with them a tail of violence and intimidation, writes our Secretary General Lena Ag.
Sweden is often thought of as a safe country, where human rights are respected. But for activist Anna Silver, getting involved in helping EU migrants became an eye-opener. After being stalked on-line and having received one too many threatening phone calls, she moved and got protected identity. This is her story.
A month ago, Anna Nikoghosyan celebrated her 10-year-anniversary as an activist. Working for women’s human rights in Armenia means constantly defending yourself against threats and smear campaigns. ”Extremist groups spread the message that gender equality is an anti-family and anti-Armenian western concept,” she says.
The space for women’s rights activists globally to carry out their work is shrinking. This warns a new report presented by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation for 29 November, the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders.
A vicious smear campaign on Facebook nearly put an end to femdefender Rita Noor’s activism. Working for women’s rights and freedom in Palestine means tackling harsh resistance and threats. Sometimes even from other (male) members of civil society.