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Make the EU stand for human rights

Published: 2016-06-28 13:01
Slavonski Brod refugee centre Croatia. Photo: Igor Pavicevic for Nobel Women's Initiative.

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.

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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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Do not let the most vulnerable pay the bill!

Published: 2015-11-06 11:09
Nelly Cooper from our partner organisation West Point Women for Health and Development Organization, conducts a training in hygiene and health in the slum area of West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Iván Blanco.

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.

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Women's political participation crucial for Iraq's future

Published: 2014-09-08 16:37
"There are many competent women within Iraq's different ethnic groups. It's time that they also are listened to," writes Lena Ag. In the photo, members of the women's rights organisation Amez. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Emelia Frennmark.

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.

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Syrian women demand to take part in peace talks

Published: 2014-01-20 10:22
Women's and women's organisation's perspectives are necessary, to put an end to the violence and to build sustainable peace in Syria. In the photo, Syrian refugees in Domiz refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Warvin/Safin Hamid.

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.

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No sustainable peace for Kosovo or Serbia without women

Published: 2014-01-16 09:46
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Serbia`s Prime Minister Ivica Dačić at a press conference during their meeting in Serbia in July last year. Photo: EU/AFP/Oliver Bunic

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.

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Lebanon in desperate need of humanitarian aid

Published: 2013-10-25 12:06
Syrian refugee women come to the organisation Najdeh's women's center in Shatila for help and support. Here, they talk about their situation with Kvinna till Kvinna's Secretary General Lena Ag. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Annika Flensburg.

“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.

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Syrian women need support

Published: 2013-10-02 11:42
A woman bathing her baby in the Syrian refugee camp Dumiz in Iraq. Photo: Warwin/Safin Hamid.

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.

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Give Egyptian women their rightful place in politics

Published: 2013-07-05 14:22
Women in Tahrir square, Cairo. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Saba Nowzari.

“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.

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Iraq back in cycle of violence – Sweden plans to reduce aid

Published: 2013-06-20 10:46
"In what way does a Swedish withdrawal of its aid commitments contribute to Iraq's long-term development towards peace and state-building?" asks The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation's Secretary General, Lena Ag, in this debate article. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna.

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.

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