Training programme inspires change around the world

Published: 2014-04-24 15:51
In March/April, 27 people from Colombia, South Sudan, Georgia, DR Congo and Liberia spent three weeks in Stockholm, Sweden, participating in the Global international training programme. Issues discussed were conflict analysis, international right, women's participation, advocacy work and Resolution 1325. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Therese Arnewing.

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.

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Congolese organisation against draft law criminalizing homosexuality

Published: 2014-04-22 12:16
A Congolese Member of Parliament recently presented a draft law – inspired by the Ugandan anti gay legislation – proposing to criminalize homosexual acts. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna Lithander.

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.

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The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation condemns attack on women's rights organisation

Published: 2014-04-16 13:58
Women’s rights organisations use public actions to draw attention to violations of women’s rights in Armenia. Photo: Petra Hultman.

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.

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Take action for Iraqi women, Carl Bildt!

Published: 2014-04-11 11:31
Iraq street view

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!

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One step closer to electoral quota in Liberia

Published: 2014-03-17 14:28
Kvinna till Kvinna has financed several meetings between female politicians and women's organisations in Liberia, for them to be able to discuss strategies for increasing the representation of women in politics. Last year, Presiden Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf participated in one of these meetings, held in Monrovia. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Christina Hagner.

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.

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Iraqi draft law allows child marriages

Published: 2014-03-14 11:59
Kvinna till Kvinna and our Iraqi partner organisations will gather in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan next week, to discuss what can be done to counter the worrying trend of women's rights in Iraq deteriorating. Photo: Ivan Blanco.

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.

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"Every person should have the opportunity to develop her or his human potential"

Published: 2014-03-14 10:51
Frosina Ivanovska from Crisis Center "Hope" became an activist because she wanted to work for change. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Johanna Arkåsen.

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.

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South Sudan women use lobbying to influence peace talks

Published: 2014-03-07 12:48
Rita Lopidia from EVE Organization for Women Development as panelist at the Gender is my Agenda Campaign Conference in Addis Ababa, earlier this year. The topic of discussion was the emerging conflicts in Africa, including the current conflict in South Sudan. Photo: Isis-WICCE.

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.

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EU urged to act for Palestinian women's rights

Published: 2014-03-06 14:51
Mona Shawa from Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna

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.

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