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Grassroots Men and Children Speak Out - Women's Empowerment is Progress for All!

“COFAPRI is truly giving power to our wives, daughters, and our sisters and girls in our villages here. This helps them primarily, but it also helps us all with our families." - Bukanda Isaac, DR Congo.

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Children's Education in Sierra Leone - Overcoming Challenges

Wurrie Kenda has grown up in Kroo Bay without any education. She is now at the Community School and is learning quickly. It is children like Wurrie that make WYCF's school such a special place....

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Empowering Survivors in DR Congo

Help Safe World Field Partner, COFAPRI, to support rape survivors and their children in the mountain villages of Eastern DR Congo.

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Rwanda genocide survivors back reconciliation

Mbyo is a Reconciliation Village, located one hour's drive from the capital of Kigali. Murderers and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, are neighbors. Attempting to rebuild the country.
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UK Heiress walks away from fortune after rift over her plans to turn firm into a co-operative

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I have been vocal in my belief that leadership of this business must include those working on the ground if it is to continue to deliver for the clients who have placed their trust in us over the years.
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International Women's Media Foundation: 'Protect Confidentiality of Sources'

IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) urges the Supreme Court to recognize journalists' protection against compelled disclosure of confidential sources...
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The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

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Starting Young - Teaching Children's Rights in Tanzania

We promote Child Rights Clubs in schools, covering issues such as child marriage, FGM, domestic violence, disabilities, street children.... Last year, 7000 children participated...

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Partnering for advocacy in rural Kenya

Pastoralist Child Foundation and the Fly Sister Fly Foundation partnered for an advocacy campaign in Samburu County. They held interactive sessions on early marriages, FGM/C, and challenges girls face in the pastoral nomadic community.

Sri Lankan government ready to pay 'blood money'

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Sri Lankan government ready to pay 'blood money'

The Sri Lankan government is ready to pay the blood money to save Rizana Nafeek, the housemaid who was sentenced to death after a Saudi court found her guilty of killing a child in her care, the country's Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera told Arab News on Friday.

“We are aware of the complexity of Nafeek's case and we also respect the regulations of the host country,” said Perera, pointing out that only the parents of the dead infant can offer pardon to save Nafeek's life.

Nafeek claims the child choked to death during bottle feeding and that she tried to seek help. She also retracted her confession she said was made under duress.

Government has done 'all it can'

Reacting to the ongoing protest in Sri Lanka calling for the release of Nafeek, the minister said his government has done all it could do to save her from execution. “Even the country’s president had appealed to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for clemency,” said Perera.

He pointed out that some people in his country were trying to politicize this case with ulterior motives, referring to the protests in front of the Saudi Embassy in Colombo. “We must make our requests heard without hurting the Saudi authorities and the parents of the dead child,” Perera said. 

According to a senior official at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo, the delegation would try to meet Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al-Otaibi, father of the dead infant, to request he give up his private right to see Nafeek executed as an act of compassion and come to a blood-money settlement.