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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.



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....



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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Frederic Kazigwemo served time in jail for killing several people in 1994 | Photo: Benjamin Duerr/Al Jazeera

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.
Caroline Murphy

UK Heiress walks away from fortune after rift over her plans to turn firm into a co-operative

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.

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...
Pari Gul

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.

Turkey: Minister to push for legislative measures against domestic violence

Fatma SahinFamily and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin

Turkey: Minister to push for legislative measures against domestic violence

Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin is set to meet with women's rights groups on Dec. 28 to discuss putting in place legislative measures as a means of dealing with domestic violence omnipresent in Turkish society.

#350;ahin will present a comprehensive series of statistics gathered by a pioneering women's rights platform, Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız (We will stop Women's Murders), on an occasion that many hope will succeed in taking critical steps in addressing one of the most pressing concerns on the national agenda.

Figures collated by the platform between March and November of this year indicate that during this nine month period, 208 women were murdered in family-related violence. A representative of the platform, Berna Görgülü, said that had such a bill been passed earlier, perhaps many of these 208 women would still be alive.

The non-profit organization Haklı Kadın Platformu (A Platform for Women with Rights) are calling for the drafting of a bill as the most sensible solution to the problem, advising that reconciliation therapy or family counseling is not a practical solution for a woman who is experiencing domestic violence at the hands of her partner. Federation of Women's Associations of Turkey (TKDF) President Canan Güllü has added that if such a bill is passed it will at least provide effective protection and the opportunity to administer legal proceedings in such cases.

The figures published by Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız point to consistent and unwavering patterns of violence relating to murders, attempted murders, rapes, violence and suicides in suspicious circumstances. The month with the highest number of murders was September, when 32 women were murdered, with the lowest number of murders being recorded in June and November, both of which saw the murders of 16 women. The average number of murders per month was 23.

2011 has been a stark year for the struggle for women's rights in Turkey. In November Mustafa Çadır, an expert from the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, stated at a conference on violence against woman in Ankara organized by the Ankara Police Department that two out of every five women have been exposed to physical violence in Turkey, defining physical violence as beating, stabbing or exposure to unsafe conditions that can cause physical harm. Fifty-six percent of illiterate women are exposed to physical violence, according to the study.