A group of students at Uppsala University founded a volunteer group in the city on their own accord. The group has been active since May 2014 and participates in university fairs, film festivals, coorganise events with other organisations and visits school with the role-playing game Peace for all. The Uppsala group also writes op-eds to influence the debate on women, peace and security at a local level.
In 2016 the group arranged a big Kvinna till Kvinna-event in connection with the International Women’s Day, 8 March, and they are planning to make this a recurring event.
The Uppsala volunteers are welcome to join all trainings and volunteer meetings in Stockholm, but the group also holds its own monthly volunteer meetings in Uppsala (evenings).
Meet the volunteer Anna Vigdis Gustavsson!
Why did you become a volunteer?
I wanted to become a volunteer because I wanted to take part in and learn more about women’s rights issues, but also because I wanted to learn more about Kvinna till Kvinna, because I had heard so many good things about the organisation.
Tell us about your favorite memory as a volunteer for Kvinna till Kvinna.
Since I’ve been a volunteer for almost two years, I have many memories from different events and from our meetings. But some of my favourites are all the enriching and memorable discussions about women’s rights issues that we have had during our volunteer group meetings. It’s a luxury to meet all these like-minded and committed people on a regular basis and to get to discuss issues that are so important to me.
How does your volunteer work contribute to the fight for women’s rights?
Overall, the work is about making ourselves and these issue visible everywhere, and to educate people on women’s rights. In Uppsala we arrange seminars, such as the one on the impact of nationalism on equality with Kawa Zolfagary and Kvinna till Kvinna’s Head of Communication Christina Hagner, and panel discussions, such as a talk on why the most dangerous thing you can do is to stand up for women’s rights.
We write op-eds for Upsala Nya Tidning, and receive training in women’s rights issues from Kvinna till Kvinna staff. We also arrange events, for example on the International Women’s Day, and we participate with information booths at as many events as we possibly can.
Updated in: 2016-07-05