Counter terrorism kicks the feet from under civil society and undermines human rights. This was the clear message from world organisations that met in New York to discuss the UN strategy against terrorism and the role played by civil society.
On June 19, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning sexualised violence in armed conflict. Kvinna till Kvinna goes one step further and says that violence against women also must be regarded as a threat to international peace and security, and thus be included in security policy analyses.
Iraqi Women Network and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation comment on the final draft of International Compact with Iraq, ICI
His speeches, travels, press releases, blogs and official visits lack a “women’s significance for conflict and reconciliation” perspective.
A breakthrough for the role of women in the Iraq rebuilding process? Following demands from the Iraqi Women’s Movement, both the UN and the Swedish government are pushing for women’s participation to be taken up at the Iraq conference tomorrow.
A male expert talking about war. That is what it normally looks like when Swedish media report from conflict regions. A new monitoring by the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation shows that women and civil society are conspicuous by their absence.
Sweden is to host an international conference on developments in Iraq and the UN’s role in this work. This was revealed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at a recent NATO summit meeting.
The government is poised to present its global development policy report to parliament, a policy for alleviating poverty and securing sustainable development. The Swedish popular movements have monitored government actions and come to the conclusion that it is a long way from gaining approval. To gain approval the government also has to implement the Swedish Policy for Global Development (PGU) in areas in which Sweden has a vested interest, such as arms exports and trade policy.
Following suspected election rigging in this year’s Armenian Presidential Elections, official figures claim that ten people died during demonstrations in Jerevan on March 1. Eyewitnesses say that at least 60 people died. A large part of the opposition is imprisoned and the opposition leader is under house arrest. Several of the Kvinna till Kvinna partner organisations say that the international community is not taking the Armenia situation seriously.
On February 19, presidential elections were held in Armenia. Politically active women were subjected to threats, blackmail and violence both during and after the elections. According to the OSCE’s first assessment, the elections were conducted in compliance with international standards. A betrayal of the women, says Gulnara Shahinian, Board member of one of the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations in Armenia.