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Compassion In Kenya

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Compassion CBO

Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas of Kenya and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo

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COFAPRI

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Grassroots News

Safe World Field Partner, work directly with issues such as poverty, health-care, marginalisation, FGM, child marriage, and education.

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How Asha Survived the Unnecessary Cut

Asha’s luck came when Samuel Siriria Leadismo, the Director of Pastoralist Child Foundation and his team visited her village, creating awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual reproductive health....
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Washing Hands to Improve Health in Rural DR Congo

COFAPRI organised handwashing sessions for school children and mothers in rural villages, with the aid of educational DVDs kindly supplied by Thare Machi Education. The word has begun to spread as neighbours are now prompting each other to wash their hands.
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Safe Spaces Crucial for Women's Self-Reliance in Rural DR Congo

Increased security helps women become self-reliant and less financially dependent on their husbands. This improves the situation for the whole family and also means the women are less vulnerable to abuse.
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DR Congo: Men's Inclusion in Women's Empowerment Benefits Everyone

It remains very important within communities for men and boys to be educated regarding the rights of women and girls, including their proper, fair and respectful treatment. When the women and girls become empowered, it is the whole community that benefits.
Margaret from Kiambu Support Group

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Margaret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

New Womens Magazine for Cameroon

The first edition of the Women for a Change Magazine is now available.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

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The Need for Victim Compensation Programmes - Pakistan and Globally

Globally, victim compensation programmes play a significant role in providing assistance to the victims of violence... however, in Pakistan we are lacking any such programme. It is high time to take serious note of the issue and develop a strong referral…
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Peace, Dialogue & the Ripple Effect: #RISING16 Global Peace Forum

Perhaps the most inspiring session for me came towards the end of the two days and was entitled ‘Bring back our girls – the forgotten victims of conflict’... We heard the CEO of International Alert, Harriet Lamb, and Victoria Nyanjura - who was kidnapped by…
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Olutosin Adebowale: To America With Love

Once upon a time in my country, Nigeria, there was a ruler who was dreaded by many... We resisted and said No to every oppressive action or word to any weak or voiceless Nigerian... This is the time to stand firm on what has held the world together - Love.
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Berlyne Ngwentah: 'The Biggest Cheerleaders of Women are Women'

All the most prominent, biggest community and feminist movements to alleviate the sufferings of women and girls and support women’s involvement in education and leadership have been championed mostly by women...
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Promoting Misogyny, Zenophobia, and Bullying... is.... Nasty

I cannot ever vote for anyone who promotes misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, zenophobia, homophobia... It would be a mockery of my life... dishonoring my elders who have endured the many injustices of racial animosity, my friends who've experienced the same...
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Women United for a Better Community in High Andean of Peru

“Women United for a Better Community” is a new group of grassroots women in the Ayacucho Region at the South High Andean of Peru, recently created by Estrategia, a National Grassroots women's organization. The grassroots women require to be heard and get the…

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'In 2015, I was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP University London... I also studied national and international human rights law, conventions and treaties... I am particularly interested in women’s issues such as FGM, child marriage, and maternal health.'

Courtenay Forbes 

I have a lifelong passion and commitment to human rights and a diverse range of experience with several organisations alongside Safeworld, such as Legal Action Worldwide and Freedom From Torture. I am currently developing my career in the human rights and not-for-profit sector.

I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014, with a BA Hons 2:1 in Ancient History and History. My undergraduate degree allowed me to study ancient societies and cultural traditions, which formed the basis of my knowledge of political systems, welfare systems, and attitudes to gender, religion, sexuality etc. 

In 2015, I was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP University London. This has given me a working knowledge of broad areas of English law and the British legal system. I also studied national and international human rights law, conventions and treaties, and wrote an independent research essay on Article 2 ECHR (Right to life) and how far this imposes a positive obligation on member states. 

I can speak and write semi-fluent French and I am currently teaching myself Spanish. 

I have written in-depth research pieces and interviewed campaigners on many important global human rights issues, such as abortion, maternal health, the death penalty, and the lives of women in displacement areas. I have been made privy to private legal documents and highly sensitive data, for example when writing about imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu. I write for Safeworld in my spare time, alongside running the Student Writers Project as Student Liaison Officer, which involves interviewing new recruits, and researching and assigning article briefs. Furthermore, I assist the editorial team with editing articles ready for publication. I have attended many events as a representative of Safeworld, such as the Nominet Awards ceremony, a LAW panel discussion and a private screening of “He Named Me Malala”. 

I am particularly interested in women’s issues such as FGM, child marriage, and maternal health. I firmly believe real progress must be made by re-educating societies with strong cultural, religious or ethnical beliefs concerning the treatment of women, and bridging the gap between these traditions and modern-day human rights.  The work that Safeworld carries out, I feel, plays a crucial role in maintaining awareness globally about important ongoing issues.  Many human rights issues become high profile cases in British news, for example, for a short period of time, but then fade into the background.  Thus, it would be easy for many people to assume these issues have been resolved, when in fact they remain a huge problem. 

I feel it is of utmost importance that Safeworld continues to provide the platform for such issues for as long as they are prominent issues.


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