Kvinna till Kvinna celebrating 25 years
For 25 years, Kvinna till Kvinna has worked hard to enable women to take power of their own lives and free themselves from violence and assault. This very day, April 18 in 1993, a group of Swedish women published a call to action in Sweden´s leading morning paper. This was a protest against the atrocious and systematic rapes of women during the Balkan wars.
The response was enormous. All over Sweden, thousands and thousands of women engaged in solidarity to the rescue of other women, to stop violence and discrimination. Since then, Kvinna till Kvinna has grown from a spontaneous movement to a global organization in 20 countries.
– Since 2008, sexual violence is condemned as a weapon of war, this is a huge leap forward, says Petra Tötterman Andorff, acting Secretary General, Kvinna till Kvinna.
Still, cruel violence trouble women in conflict affected countries like Burma, Iraq and South Sudan. Women worldwide are also subjected to violence in everyday life. One in three women experience violence in their life time, and half of all murdered women are killed by their partner or family.
– Women should not be exposed to violence just because they are women. Sadly enough, there is still a lot of work to be done, says Petra Tötterman Andorff.
In a report earlier this year, Kvinna till Kvinna highlights the global trend of shrinking space for democracy and freedom of speech and how this seriously affects women demanding their rights.
– As long as women cannot feel secure in their own homes, at work or in the street, we need to continue our fight for women´s rights all over the world, says Petra Tötterman Andorff.
Updated in: 2018-04-18