Gé-Gé Katana is a women’s rights defender working in Uvira in eastern DR Congo. She plays a central role in the struggle for women’s influence in society. Which also means meeting a lot of resistance. The threats against her have been numerous and she has both been arrested and forced into exile.
Women human rights defenders
After having been beaten by her husband for 21 years, Dalal Jumaah reached a point where she felt “I’ve had enough, I deserve something better”. Today, she helps other women in vulnerable positions – but she pays a high price.
For more than two decades, Julia Kharashvili has been working for women’s rights in Georgia. A work that has born fruit. Today the organisation she co-founded – Association “Imedi” IDP women’s movement for peace – is an important civil society platform and Julia Kharashvili is known to most people within the nonprofit sector.
Fatima Naza was the first Roma women activist in Montenegro. She is co-founder of Center for Roma Initiatives, which works against child marriage and violence against women. A work that has made being threatened part of her everyday life.
Ljiljana Nesic from Leskovac in southern Serbia, has worked for women human rights for 20 years. Since 2007 she has been active in the organisation Women for Peace, which focuses on supporting women who have been subjected to violence and on claiming responsibility for crimes committed during the war.
When she got a chance to meet with the King, she decided to speak out. That conversation led to almost 70 political prisoners being released. Asma Khader has been a prominent figure in the Jordanian women’s movement for 40 years, and her fight for human rights started already in school.
Shahla Ismayil is one of the founders of the Azerbaijani civil society organisation Women’s Association for Rational Development, which works with several human rights issues like women’s political participation and violence against women. She has been a women’s rights activist for 12 years.
Frosina Ivanovska has been an activist for five years. She is a psychologist and works with the organisation Crisis Center “Hope” in Skopje, Macedonia, which is a member of Macedonian Women’s Rights Center. Crisis Center “Hope” works against all forms of violence in the Macedonian society, with a focus on violence against women.
Nelly Cooper is the founder and leader of the organisation West Point Women for Health and Development Association, WPWHDO, which is active in the slum area of West Point in Monrovia, Liberia. She is also one of the main characters portrayed in Kvinna till Kvinna’s documentary Six Days.
Aneta Dukić is project coordinator and member of the management board for Fenomena, one of The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations in Serbia. Fenomena works with political advocacy on the local level and to improve legislation on gender equality.