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Women human rights defenders

"Those in power are afraid of us"

Published: 2014-11-12 12:12
Gé-Gé Katana was put in house arrest for a long time because of her activism. She still receives threats, but nowadays the authorities are eager to show that they support her organisation's work. Photo: Cato Lein.

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.

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"Freedom is something you have to take"

Published: 2014-11-05 10:07
"What I have been through is proof enough that any woman can start a new life," says women human rights defender Dalal Jumaah from Iraq. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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"I was accused of being a spy"

Published: 2014-10-30 10:52
"I was close to being thrown in jail because of my belief in human equality," says femdefender Julia Kharashvili. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karolina Sturén.

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.

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"Husbands come to threaten us"

Published: 2014-10-16 11:20
Ljiljana Nesic (left) discusses the training that Women for Peace provides for girls in upper secondary schools on gender and gender-based violence, with her colleague Maja Dimitrijevic and Maja Stajcic from Kvinna till Kvinna. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Stina Carlsson.

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.

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"We are fighting for no early marriages"

Published: 2014-08-21 11:37
Asma Khader is member of the Jordanian Senate, Secretary-General for the Jordanian National Commission for Women and on the board for Sisterhood is Global Institute. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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"I believe democracy will win in Azerbaijan"

Published: 2014-05-26 11:41
Shahla Ismayil talks about young women's activism and peacebuilding at a cross-regional network meeting in South Caucasus organised by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, with participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall.

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.

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"Every person should have the opportunity to develop her or his human potential"

Published: 2014-03-14 10:51
Frosina Ivanovska from Crisis Center "Hope" became an activist because she wanted to work for change. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Johanna Arkåsen.

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.

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"I will not allow any man to treat me like they generally treat women"

Published: 2014-01-08 13:44
Among other things, West Point Women for Health and Development Association arranges classes for women in women's rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Here Nelly Cooper is talking to one of the groups. Photo: Iván Blanco.

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.

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"Gender mainstreaming should be implemented all over Serbia"

Published: 2013-11-18 15:59
Aneta Dukić works for the Serbian organisation Fenomena. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ida Svedlund.

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.

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