#Femdefenders: When her friend was sexually harassed by men in power at the university, she and some other students formed a group to work for change. Sadete Citaku from Kosovo wants to fight the difference in freedom between young women and men, and dreams of a world where men’s violence against women no longer exist
Women human rights defenders
#Femdefenders: Marija Stankovic struggles for the women in Serbia to receive the same rights as the men. Contrary to society’s expectations of how she, as a young woman, should behave, she chooses to fight against injustice.
#Femdefenders: Leyla Murshudova from Azerbaijan was forbidden by her family to work. But she defied the threats from relatives and society and choose her own path. Now, she is committed to women human rights issues.
Despite a formal truce, the conflict in South Sudan has continued and the UN reports of mass murders, rapes and widespread destruction and looting. Dolly Anek Odwong is dedicated to getting women’s voices into the peace work.
The Second Congo War ended in 2003, at least on paper. But despite the truce, Douce Namwezi N’lbamba, then 15, saw how young people around her continued to be recruited as child soldiers. A desire to contribute to change, made her turn to radio.
The history of Iraq is not only a story of violence and conflict. It is also a story of women’s courageous struggle. Meet women’s rights activist Shameran M. Odisho, who refuses to give up her hope of a united, peaceful Iraq, despite the fact that she has been persecuted for her political activism throughout her whole life.
Sweden is often thought of as a safe country, where human rights are respected. But for activist Anna Silver, getting involved in helping EU migrants became an eye-opener. After being stalked on-line and having received one too many threatening phone calls, she moved and got protected identity. This is her story.
A month ago, Anna Nikoghosyan celebrated her 10-year-anniversary as an activist. Working for women’s human rights in Armenia means constantly defending yourself against threats and smear campaigns. ”Extremist groups spread the message that gender equality is an anti-family and anti-Armenian western concept,” she says.
A vicious smear campaign on Facebook nearly put an end to femdefender Rita Noor’s activism. Working for women’s rights and freedom in Palestine means tackling harsh resistance and threats. Sometimes even from other (male) members of civil society.
Women human rights defender Buthainah Mahmood got her life shattered when, last summer, she was forced to flee her home in Iraq. Today, she is one of millions of internally displaced people (IDP:s) in Iraq. But that does not stop her from working for human rights.