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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.

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....
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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.
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.
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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…
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…
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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.
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...
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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…

Ena

Ena studied marketing at university and then went on to study law.

"I am originally from Bosnia, and when the war started in 1992, my mom, sister and myself, left our hometown for good. I don't want this to sound too much of a cliché, but this is exactly the reason why I am interested in human rights law: I witnessed the grim reality of what war does to individuals and what it leaves behind.

Having grown up in Russia, I came to realize that the rule of law and human rights were, and are, non-existent.

What rules Russia is money, which equals power to the extent that life itself remains far less important.

My biggest aspiration is to lend my voice to the woman who is oppressed, to the individuals who cannot fight for themselves. Being a woman myself, I do have to say that gender inequality persists to this day and is visible in my hometown through repeated ill treatment of women in the workplace.

Sexual harassment in the workplace in Bosnia remains poorly understood by the population due to lack of awareness and education; this is exactly what I hope to change –  by lending my voice to Safe World for Women and informing the public of the plights still suffered by many women under brutal regimes worldwide."

Initial Assignment by Ena

My Hopes, My Future

May 2012

Does getting married for a woman lead to fulfilment? And if so does marriage for women solve anything at all or just lead to the creation of more (financial) issues?

I did a bit of research on this topic and stumbled upon a Forbes article directed to women: ‘Your Biggest Career Decision Is Who You Marry’. The title is a direct quote from Sheryl Sandberg chief operationg officer (COO) of Facebook.

This opinion is also shared by Sallie Krawcheck, the former head of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America. After having read the article, I could not help but wonder if the key to a woman’s success lies in the hands of a man’s financial income?

Is marriage considered a business a woman invests her life in? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these, then this means that men still remain the custodians of females' financial security.

However, this is wrong and here is why:

The Office for National Statistics in 2009 published that the average age for women to marry for the first time is 30. In 1991,  the average age was 25. So what does this trend suggest? It suggests that women demand more from life than a man and a marriage, and rightly so!

The women of Generation Y have a stronger need for independence and fostering personal growth through career ambitions and thus, reaching those ambitions. The need for female self-establishment is stronger than ever; no wonder, given the economy. Women have to work twice as hard in order to self-establish, which means going into education, finishing [education at] universities, finding a job, marrying, falling pregnant, going through labour, embarking on maternity leave, and coming back to work –  only to stabilize that situation once more, but this time, with a marriage and an infant (or a more) to care for.

As figures suggest, the future for women has shifted away from the ‘fairytale Disney’ syndrome –  the shining knight in armor will not come ‘rescue’ us, for it is ourselves who carry this duty. Education is the foundation of awareness, and an individual's ability to generate capital will create a foundation to battle oppression.

My hopes are that women should continue to make their presence felt in the workplace, thus, leading to economic empowerment, rather than waiting for a man to take this lead!

Princess Diana once said: “People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer to fulfillment. Actually a job is better for me”.

Sources:

'Just Marry Him?' - moreintelligentlife.com
'Does Getting Married Help Women Get Ahead?' - Forbes
'Your biggest career decision is who you marry' - Penelope Trunk
'Average age for women to marry hits 30 for first time' - UK Telegraph
'Gender Empowerment in Microfinance' - Heather Campbell
'Female Power' - The Economist


Article by Ena