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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 registered 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.
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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…
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…

Fiorella-Volonnino

During sixth form I studied politics and sociology, both of which opened my eyes to the injustices that were happening in the world today. Issues of class, race and especially gender were emphasised and we studied extensively about the vast inequalities in Britain today. Sixth form changed my opinions.

I entered sixth form with a narrow-minded notion of feminism and a weak conception of class which I now realise are both crucial concepts of my identity. The more I studied the more I realised that I wanted to fight the injustice that people faced every day that was largely ignored. I worked especially hard, attended debates that expanded my horizons and participated in the National Debating Competition which allowed me to communicate my point across to the audience. Eventually I was accepted to study PPS (politics, psychology and sociology) at the university of Cambridge where I am still studying and hope to graduate from in 2015.

My interest and eagerness on feminism and class dimensions stem from my background. I was born in Italy in a rather dysfunctional working class family. When I was 9 my parents brought me to England where they believed I would have a better future job prospects and a future for a woman. Despite Italy being part of Europe and the West which is supposedly meant to be progressive and liberal, Italy remains pretty behind in terms of women’s equality.

In my family there were almost no women that did not experience a form of violence, whether it was domestic, psychological or sexual, all of them experienced it. Because of this, I believe that it’s important for individuals to debate, discuss and inform people about such issues so we can all work together to eradicate violence against women.

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Article by Fiorella

Modern-day Sex Slavery - Fuelled by Corruption

 


Assignment: Ethical shopping - does it matter?

When I was first given this assignment I read the question twice, because I was largely ignorant of what ethical shopping was, if it mattered and if so, to whom. The more research I did, the more educated I became which led me to understand that ethical shopping matters enormously.

Ethical shopping can have remarkable effects on workers. The International Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation found that Marks & Spencer’s, Next and GAP, amongst others brands buy their merchandise from Asian factories and rely on the exploitation of workers –particularly women who constitute of 76% of the workforce. The 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster which killed almost 123 women workers pushed the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights to legislate, preventing multi-national companies to respect workers’ rights. If multi-national companies fail, women are trapped in unfavourable conditions as alternative jobs are non-existent.

War on Want mentions workers in Bangladeshi sweatshops earn around £25 a month – barely enough for individuals to survive. Workers are forced to work for extensive periods up to 14-16 hours a day, all week leading women to work themselves to death. The factory that collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people, the majority of which were women.

I believe ethical shopping could avoid these disasters. Buying ethical products sustains workers abroad through alternative ethical organisations which distribute the profits amongst workers. Ethical companies seek to produce and protect human rights.

So yes, ethical shopping matters because it safeguards workers against abuses and protects their rights, but it also benefits them economically. Buying products such as coffee, cocoa and rice from Fairtrade for example means that small-scale workers may benefit from this, particularly women as their work is largely invisible otherwise. According to Sensa Gall women conduct 60-70% of the productive work and constitute 26% of all workers in Fairtrade. Ethical shopping allows this work to be recognised; it allows women to earn a fair wage with which they can make their own decisions, and fulfil their potentials.