Earlier this fall, Anna Arutshyan from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Armenian partner organisation Society Without Violence attended the big international AWID forum for women human rights defenders. Here is her personal telling of a once in a lifetime experience – one which affected her deeply.
The women’s movement in Macedonia is fighting an uphill battle. However, thanks to the support from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, one of our partner organisations has succeeded in taking crucial steps towards putting women’s rights issues on the political agenda.
Fourteen-year-old Elham, a refugee in Jordan, married an eighteen-year-old compatriot from Syria. After being abused repeatedly, she moved back to her family. Today she gets help and support from Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation JWU.
Gender equality is one of the goals of Agenda 2030, which has been adopted by all countries. “Agenda 2030 is definitely a big step forward in the work for women’s rights,” says Disa Kammars Larsson from The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
In March 2014, there was great relief among survivors of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo. After many years of struggle, they finally had received the same rights to compensation as war veterans. Two years later, however, there still has not been a single payout. Women’s organisations hope that a new report will help to put pressure on the politicians.
The women in Armenian village Nalbandyan meet in a garage that serves not only as a meeting place – but also as a platform where they learn about their human rights, and make strategies to influence their society.
If sub-Saharan countries had gender equal societies, the African continent would earn 800 billions more a year. This according to a recent report by the UN Development Program (UNDP). Destructive norms and discrimination are the root causes.
A few weeks ago, close to 50 000 people (!) gathered in the streets of Lima in Peru. They protested against the violence that women meet that often results in something called “femicides” – the killing of women.
A spokesperson for the Serbian Anti-Terrorist Unit called on football hooligans to unite and fight women who work for peace. Now, he is being tried in court. Women’s rights defenders demand that the Serbian government stand up for those working for human rights.
In conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, violence is an ongoing part of everyday life. However, for women, domestic violence is a greater threat than the weapons of rebel groups. Working with positive masculinity is paving the way for change.