Working for a peace with women's voices in South Sudan

Published: 2015-08-26 10:04
"I dream of a South Sudan where we can laugh together," says Dolly Anek Odwong, women human rights defender who recently visited Sweden. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Despite a formal truce, the conflict in South Sudan has continued and the UN reports of mass murders, rapes and widespread destruction and looting. Dolly Anek Odwong is dedicated to getting women’s voices into the peace work.

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"Women's rights are not about charity"

Published: 2015-08-10 09:57
Nadia Shamroukh, chair woman of Jordanian Women's Union, wants to increase the knowledge of feminism among women's rights activists in Jordan. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

In a country, where discussions on the rights of women are severely restricted, Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) goes its own way. The organisation educates young women in feminism and secularism with a goal of creating young leaders who seriously can challenge the oppression of women.

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Iraqi women human rights defender: "No change with IS gone"

Published: 2015-07-16 08:00
Iraqi women human rights defender Bushra Adli was forced to flee after being threatened by government-supported militia groups. Now, she is living as an IDP. In the photo: One of Iraqi Kurdistan's many IDP camps. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

In the shadow of the much reported violence used by the Islamic State (IS) against civilians, government-backed militias in Iraq commit serious violations of human rights. Women human rights defender Bushra Adli has personal experiences of these crimes.

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She aims for Jordan's parliament

Published: 2015-07-10 08:00
"I force people to listen to me," says Fatima Bani Yaseen, who faced many obstacles on her way to become a politician. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

“In Jordan, trying to get into politics when being a woman is like fighting a war.” This says Fatima Bani Yaseen, local politician who dreams of getting elected to the parliament.

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Bombings gravest threat against women in Syria

Published: 2015-07-01 17:42
Block of houses in Douma, Syria, demolished by bombings. Photo: Private.

Barrel bombs are cheap, strike indiscriminately and cause enormous devastation and death. In northern Syria, they are used by the regime against civilians, even though they have been banned by the UN.

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Gender breakthrough in conflict research

Published: 2015-06-29 09:34
To get the full picture of a security situation, we must be better at asking the right people the right questions – like civil society groups, says Lovisa Strand at Kvinna till Kvinna. In the photo: Liberian organisation WIPNET, arranging a meeting in one of their peace huts. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Mari Lindgren.

When one of the major international research institutes on peace and security last week presented its yearbook for 2015, it was the first time that it included gender aspects! We asked The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Project Manager for Research, Lovisa Strand, what difference this …

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Women's center deals with hidden effects of war

Published: 2015-06-18 11:31
Baqa'a refugee camp is situated in the outskirts of Jordan's capital Amman. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Millions of people have fled the war in Syria. However, many of them are facing new difficulties. In the Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan, girls and women fight against child marriage, domestic violence and for access to health care. Many receive support from Jordanian Women’s Union’s center.

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Young peace activists facing the past

Published: 2015-06-16 13:28
Cooperation was one of the tasks for Kvinna till Kvinna volunteers Dajana Mehdin (to the left in white t-shirt), Marina Jevdjenic (in the middle, also in white t-shirt) and the other participants at the Young Women Peace academy training. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Bojana Mumin.

Dealing with the past is essential to achieve sustainable peace. That was one of the main lessons learned by volunteers Dajana Mehdin and Marina Jevdjenic from Sweden, when participating in a training in Bosnia and Herzegovina on peace work.

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Historic victory for Jordanian women's rights organisation

Published: 2015-06-12 16:15
With support from Kvinna till Kvinna, Eva Abu Halaweh and her organisation Mizan have achieved a judicial precedent helping abused women in Jordan. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

For the first time ever, a woman in Jordan has received compensation after being subjected to domestic violence. Behind the victory lies years of hard work by the women’s rights organisation Mizan. With support from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation they offer abused women legal aid.

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Where are the women in Palestinian news?

Published: 2015-06-11 13:32
Lina Quadri and Lama Abu Baker discuss the image of women in Palestinian media at the Ramallah workshop on gender equal reporting. Photo: Pernilla Ahlsén.

Women’s voices are seldom heard in Palestinian media. The fact that they are not common on high positions in society and that many are not allowed to speak without their husbands consent are some of the obstacles. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation gathered journalists in Ramallah to try to find ways for a more equal reporting.

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