Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement on normalized relations and increased autonomy for Kosovo Serbs in northern Kosovo. While top officials welcomed the agreement, reactions on the ground were not all positive, according to the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s staff in Prishtina and Belgrade.
Jordanian Women's Union is working hard to help Syrian refugees in Jordan. The organization reports on a critical situation for women – the health conditions are getting poorer and there is an increase of trafficking and prostitution in the refugee camps.
Recently, African leaders signed a peace deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, at the same time Congolese peace activists are being subjected to violence and threats to such an extent that several of them have been forced into exile.
In the run-up to yesterday’s local elections in Macedonia, violence and political tension have increased. And women who involves politically meet tough resistance. "It’s a male dominated political culture" says Emilija Dimoska, Kvinna till Kvinna’s programme officer.
Pristina/Stockholm, 22 March 2013. Civil Rights Defenders and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation express our deep concerns and strongly condemn the death threat against Ms. Nazlie Bala, a well respected Kosovo human rights defender.
Lesbian and bisexual women have since long been an invisible group in Bosnia and Herzegovina. That is something the organization Sarajevo Open Centre want to change. In a new publication they give space for the non-heterosexual women’s own stories.
"It’s not about a day of women; it’s about a month of women!" says Gege Katana, coordinator of Kvinna till Kvinna's partner organization SOFAD, in an interview about SOFAD:s plans on how to improve the situation of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At least 25 women were sexually assaulted or harassed during the Egyptian’s protests against the continuing injustice on the second anniversary of the revolution on January 25. The assaults are believed to be organized to prevent women from participating in the democratization process. – Ironically enough, the revolution has led to a sharp cut-back of women’s rights in the country, says Saba Nowzari, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s field representative in Egypt.
"I want to let the voices of those who suffered in Gaza Strip, especially women and children, to be heard", writes Hidaya Sham'on – a Palestinian feminist, journalist and activist working at Women's Affairs Center in Rafah.