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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



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.

Asha Leresh

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....

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.
Safe Spaces

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.
Towards womens empowerment

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…
Lizzy and Victoria

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…
Olutosin 2

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.
Berlyne Ngwalem Ngwentah

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...
Jen 9

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…

 Abortion-rules-2013The World's Abortion Laws by Country. Image: Index Mundi Blog

Brazil: 'Rape Grants' - a License to Rape?

By Fer Amaral, Gender Researcher for Safe World

Brazilian women are fighting to prevent their government from 'decriminalising' rape.

Recently, Brazilian politicians belonging to “Bancada evangélica”, a kind of lobby from the “evangélical” church, approved a proposal that makes the government give money to raped women to not have an abortion (already provided by the law), arguing that the fetus is already a person with rights.

This proposal also says that the woman can be allowed to receive money from the government (also called by the population a “rape-grant”) to give birth to her baby, following rape  –  but only if the rapist could not be recognized in order to contribute to the child; the rapist now will be called not a criminal, but… a father!

The proposal was accepted in its first political round and now has to be passed through more two instances to become law.

Most important to note is that this proposal says that the rapist is no longer a criminal…rape will not be a crime, and the woman can’t have an abortion because the fetus will be more important than herself…she will be just a womb for the state, for the society; so if she does it, she can be jailed. 

Second: she will have to meet her rapist again and make him assume the child as its legal father, in order to receive the money from the government. 

But also this proposal can stop all the medical advances relating to stem cells: embryos will have rights – frozen embryos have rights, too.

Women suffering from life-threatening cancer will not be allowed to have treatment and an abortion; they have to wait for the baby born to have the treatment.

Currently, abortion can only be legally performed in Brazil if the pregnancy puts the life of the woman in danger or in cases of anencephaly, where a condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and the bones of the skull.

Our freedom is threatened because we can’t mention abortion, ways of abortion and rights of abortion…if this proposal becomes law. Could I myself respond to the government because of my past research about it here in Brazil?

I don’t know…but I will not have the possibility to mention my past research about abortion on my curriculum anymore.

With this proposal, rape is no longer a crime!!!! Sexual abuse will not be seen as a crime anymore!

Men could keep on raping us and we will always be the victims of this system. 

This is the country which is more worried about the World Cup than about women’s lives.

And more important to note: men made this proposal! What about hearing the Brazilian women voices???

We don’t want to die by your hands!  We don’t want to keep on being raped by men and by the state!

The proposal is formally called “Estatuto do Nascituro” – something like “Status of the unborn”. Yes, the unborn will have more rights than the women in Brazil!

This is the Brazil where we live!

This is the real Brazil that tv shows do not show.

Welcome to my world!

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Abortion law in Brazil

Details of the proposal, in Portugese

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