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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.

World News

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

Field Partner News


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...

Alliance News


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.


Navid Mohebbi - teenage blogger

Released from prison in Iran on suspended sentence, 25th December 2010

According to the Iranian Human Rights group RAHANA, Navid Mohebbi, the 18-year-old amateur blogger and women's rights advocate was released from Sari prison on Christmas Day, 2010.

Navid was reportedly sentenced to three years of suspended imprisonment, during a closed door court session in which he did not have access to his lawyer.

Navid Mohebbi

Navid Mohebbi

Youngest blogger to be imprisoned.

Previously studying Political Science, Humanities and Social science at university.





November 14th Navid was charged with:

  • Acting against national security
  • Propaganda against the state through connection with foreign media
  • Insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Insulting the current leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign
  • Support for the One Million Signatures Campaign.


Tuesday, March 9 – 2010 Collage of Hopes for March 8 (International Women’s Day)

 "On this day, I am hoping for a world without violence and humiliation, and joy for the thousands of women in Darfur, Sudan who are suffering from homelessness and gang rapes, 

Thousands of young girls in North Africa and other developing region who have to run away from home because their families won’t accept them if they fall in love with someone and will stone them to death,

For the thousands of young girls who are forcefully circumcised and their organs are mutilated, for the millions of women all around the world who face domestic violence, women whose lives and whose children’s lives are endangered because of the lack of basic health care,

For the millions of women who are forced into prostitution by poverty, for the suffering women who don’t even have access to the most basic right of education and women who are lashed for wearing pants in Somalia.

I also want for them to live without violence, discrimination, inequality and for them to have a better financial life as well as to have access to health care and education.

And for the women of my own country who are being brutally suppressed in the most vicious manner,

I wish a society without violence, oppression and without gender-specific violence."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two Birthdays and Filtering Again

Birthday and Bad News

Thirteen days ago, January 27, was my birthday.

I always used to try to spend my birthday happily and wanted it to be a special day and different from other days of my life. This year, it was my 18th birthday. The 18th birthday gives one an interesting feel as one both becomes of legal age and gets new responsibilities.

I came to check the news on my birthday. The headline read: “Arash Rahmani and Ali Zamani Executed”.

For a minute, I could not believe my eyes. Looking at the monitor, I was not sure the Islamic Republic would take such a big risk and create such anger and hatred towards itself. I thought they’d be afraid of reactions from inside and outside the country and forgive these two innocent men and not execute them. But our calculations were wrong. They probably sat down and thought the February 11 [22 Bahman in the Persian calendar; the Islamic Republic’s anniversary date] was coming and if these executions managed to scare even 50,000 people and stopped them from coming out to protest, it would be worth the risk.

Threat After Threat

This morning when I came to put a new blog entry on my website that I had written earlier, I realized that my blog had been filtered. My blog before this one had already been filtered. I don’t have much time to write these days because I’m busy with preparing for the entry exam so I have been unable to write or check my blog. I don’t know why my blogs which I update once a month or so would scare these people so much as to filter it within a couple of weeks of its creation.

I transferred all my blog archive to my new blog within half an hour without it costing me a dime while they spent money filtering my blog. We do not agree with them spending money to filter websites. If they had spent the money that they spend on filtering sites, sending viruses and worms to computers and other cyber attacks on useful things, things would be much better for us than what it is now. But alas, they’ve closed their ears and don’t want to hear our heartfelt advice. It’s okay if they don’t want to listen, though, it will harm them in the end. These censoring of websites really hurts their image in the public’s eye.

The First Birthday of the Blog

The 10th of February, happy first birthday to my blog! In the past year, I have written 37 entries and have been at your service. I am thankful to everyone for following my blog and giving me hope in the past year with your comments and suggestions. We are also thankful to those who used foul language and caused embarrassment for us. We are not upset with anyone and hope for forgiveness for everyone. Even though in the past year, I was unable to get to the blog and work on it as much as I wanted, there were still many visitors and I’m really happy because of this. We are also thankful to Blogfa who closed our blog and of Webgozar, which eliminated the stats for our blog several times out of jealousy.

Friday, April 16, 2010 Temporary Suspension of the Blog

Dear friends, Because of the weight of schoolwork, until further notice, this blog is suspended. I will be back soon. Goodbye.

Translations courtesy of Josh Shahryar: @jshahryar