Refugee women sold for prostitution in Lebanon

Published: 2016-05-13 13:45
Lebanese organisation Kafa has for many years fought against violence against women. Now they are helping trafficked refugee women that were recently rescued. The photo is from a demonstration organised by Kafa for a new law on violence against women to be adopted. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Alexandra Karlsdotter Stenström.

In early April the largest trafficking network ever in Lebanon was uncovered, The Guardian writes. Many of the women came from war-torn Syria. “They talk about being afraid, and a lot of times they feel pursued and harassed,” says Kvinna till Kvinna’s Alexandra Karlsdotter Stenström.

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Fatima runs a school in her refugee tent

Published: 2016-05-02 19:22
The children need to be educated so that they can take part in building the new Syria," says Fatima, whose preschool in the Bekaa Valley camp is supported by Kvinna till Kvinna's partner organisation Women Now for Development. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna-Carin Hall.

Four years have passed since Fatima arrived at the small refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Four years of waiting for the war in Syria to end. However, she refuses to give in to despair. Instead, she has started a preschool for children in the camp, to strengthen their confidence and give them hope for the future.

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A chance at education for refugee women

Published: 2016-04-19 11:10
At Women Now for Development's center, women from Lebanon and Syria can meet and study free of charge. Here a Social Peace course. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna-Carin Hall.

Lebanon is one of the countries that has received the largest number of Syrian refugees. For many refugee women, it is difficult to find their way into this new society, including how to get the support they need. A light in the darkness, though, is the women’s center run by Women Now for Development.

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"12-year-old girls are married off"

Published: 2016-04-13 10:26
Liana Jaqeli, Marine Margalitadze, Tamar Lejava, Natia Vardosanidze, Sophio Chkheidze and Lulu Kalandadze from StudioMobile work with documentary films to address sensitive topics like child marriage. Photo: Emma Söderström.

Women’s sexuality, men’s violence against women and child marriage are very controversial topics in Georgia. The women’s rights organisation StudioMobile uses documentary films to initiate discussions and break taboos. A work that is met with opposition and threats.

“Many Georgian women believe that they are obliged …

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"Here my children can sleep safely"

Published: 2016-03-31 14:45
Amal Hussein lives in Kura in northern Jordan as a refugee of the war in Syria. Here she is with her daughter and Fatima Abdalla, leader of women's rights organisation Kura. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Anna Lithander.

In Syria, Amal Hussein had dreams for the future. She was just about to start her classes at university, when the war broke out and she was forced to leave everything. Now, she and her family live in a rundown apartment in Jordan, getting by with support from Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation Kura.

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Surrogate mothers in Georgia without rights

Published: 2016-03-16 11:25
Nato Shavlakadze and Salome Chagelishvili work for Anti Violence Network of Georgia, an organisation that provides abused women with shelter and legal and psychological support. Photo: Emma Söderström.

Georgian women’s rights organisation AVNG meets increasingly more women who become surrogate mothers as a way to survive poverty. Without any laws to protect them, the women often end up in very vulnerable situations.

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A paralyzed EU fails refugee women

Published: 2016-03-08 10:55
Cousins Ranim Khalid AlHariri and Maha Ibrahim Al Hariri in the Zaatari camp in Jordan. More and more women and children are living under extremely difficult circumstances along the borders of Europe, writes our Secretary General Lena Ag. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna.

“The least we can ask is that a government that calls itself feministic does not act in a way that is truly misogynistic.” Our Secretary General Lena Ag writes about Sweden’s and the EU’s failure to help refugee women.

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Middle East's first women folk high school opened

Published: 2016-03-04 13:00
Awaz Daleni, founder of women's rights organisation Amez, speaks at the inaugeration of the new folk high school for women in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Gulan Jalal.

A year ago, we released the news of The Kvinna till Kvinna’s Foundation’s support for Middle East’s first folk high school for women. March 1st, the dream came true and 25 women in Iraqi Kurdistan will now receive training to become professional child carers.

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Abuse of women private issue in Serbia

Published: 2016-02-24 17:46
Serbian women's rights organisation Autonomous Women’s Center receives more than 10 000 calls a year from women who have been subjected to domestic violence. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Cecilia Rojas Angberg.

Year after year, there are new cases of women in Serbia being murdered in their home. But the perpetrators usually go unpunished. That is why The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations work to change attitudes and laws on violence against women – at the same time as they save lives.

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