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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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Stronger women's movement in the wake of Ebola

Published: 2015-06-05 10:58
The information work on Ebola has now shifted focus from how to avoid being infected to anti-stigmatization of survivors, tells Liberian activist Teplah Reeves. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna-Carin Hall.

After more than a year of chaos, despair and death, Liberia recently was declared free from Ebola. The country’s women played a crucial role in stopping the spreading of the virus. Now it’s orphans and stigmatized survivors that need their support.

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Finally EU has listened to us!

Published: 2015-05-28 13:23
"For years, Kvinna till Kvinna has systematically and patiently worked for EU to establish such a high level postition on women, peace and security," writes Secretary General Lena Ag. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

Well hidden in a bureaucratic text, we find that EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has decided to support a high level person for the women peace and security agenda. Something that we have worked for for years! Here, Lena Ag tells more.

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Huge need of protection for abused women in Georgia

Published: 2015-04-29 15:44
In all of Tbilisi, with its 1,5 million inhabitants, there are only 30 places at sheltered accomodations for abused women. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna-Carin Hall.

This house could have been a shelter for abused women in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi. However, it’s not. The actual shelter we can not show on photo, but it has staff in place around the clock, bars on the windows and a steel door. So far, few perpetrators have found their way here, since it is situated in a remote part of the city.

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