We are concerned that the EU turns a blind eye to the shortcomings of its agreement with Turkey and now is considering a similar partnership with Libya, a country where refugees are subjected to serious human rights violations. Instead of building walls, the EU must stand up for human rights and create legal ways into Europe for people fleeing their countries, writes The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and 10 other civil society organisations.
“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.
The Swedish government is proposing a decrease of Sweden’s development aid with 50 percent, to finance the reception of refugees – a proposal that, if adopted, would mean handing over the bill to the world’s poorest.
The humanitarian and political crisis in Iraq is acute. Monday, the country’s new Prime Minister, Heider al-Abadi, presented his cabinet with about 20 new ministers. It has been important to create an inclusive government where different groups will receive influence. However, this has been allowed to obscure another issue that is crucial for the future of the country: Women’s participation and rights.
Sweden can play an important role in getting Syrian women into the Geneva II talks – provided that there is a political will, write Kvinna till Kvinna’s Secretary General Lena Ag and Olof Palme International Center’s Secretary General Jens Orback.
EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, shows great courage to take on the task of facilitating the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. But why aren’t there any references to EU’s own policies on women, peace and security in these EU headed talks? asks The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Secretary General Lena Ag in this op-ed.
“I feel like I want my inside to explode just to get rid of the pain. I’ve lost everything .” The words are Raja’s, a Syrian woman whose husband died in front of her, killed by a rocket that hit their home. Raja is one of the Syrian refugee women that my colleagues and I meet during a visit to Lebanon, writes Lena Ag in a debate article.
Every 15 seconds, yet another person is forced to flee her or his home in Syria. In total there are over six million refugees and a majority of them are now living in Syria’s neighbouring countries. Organisations that The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan are doing everything they can to help the Syrian refugee women. Our contacts report that there often is a lack of knowledge among humanitarian organisations and donors of the special needs of refugee women – which means that they are not getting the help they need.
“Sweden and the international community must put pressure on Egypt’s new leaders to make sure that women’s participation and rights are included in the military’s so-called road-map for the transition period” writes The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Secretary General Lena Ag in a debate article.
Do not pull back our aid, but instead strenghten the support to democracy, civil society and state-building in Iraq, writes The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s Secretary General, Lena Ag, in a debate article directed to Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson.