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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.
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…

Nasrin Sotoudeh in UK Times Newspaper

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Defiant words from jailed lawyer on hunger strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh has spent 105 days in solitary confinement and is so weak from her hunger strike that she can barely finish sentences.

The leading Iranian human rights lawyer has nonetheless issued a declaration of defiance from her prison cell.

PRISON MESSAGE

“If you are going to hell then go like a man,”

...she told The Times in a message sent from the infamous Evin prison in Tehran via her husband, Reza Khandan.

“Let them give me a harsh sentence because that brings a person honour.”

Mr Khandan, who risked reprisals for speaking to a foreign journalist, told The Times that he was proud of his wife and supported her stand whatever the price.

“I very much fear for her life but I don’t know what I can do to save her,” he said.

Ms Sotoudeh, 47, the mother of two young children, is becoming the latest symbol of the regime’s barbarity. She was arrested on September 4 for defending Shirin Ebadi, the exiled Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and dozens of political prisoners arrested after last year’s disputed election.

Since then she has been denied almost any contact with her lawyer and family, and was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral. She went on a dry hunger strike, taking no fluids, that the authorities thwarted by putting her on a drip but then she began a hunger strike on December 6.

Ms Sotoudeh is awaiting what her husband expects to be a long sentence on charges of spreading propaganda and threatening national security. She faces an additional charge of appearing with her head uncovered in a film that she made for an awards ceremony in Italy last December, which she had been barred from attending.

Simon Gass, the British Ambassador in Tehran, said on his website: “Her real crime is doing her job courageously and highlighting injustices that the regime would prefer stayed hidden.”

Ms Sotoudeh gave her husband the message for The Times during a rare telephone conversation.

“Her voice was trembling and extremely weak. She had to summon all her energy to finish her sentences,”

Mr Khandan said that when he saw his wife in court last month she looked so emaciated that she was hardly recognisable. At least 15 other human rights lawyers have been arrested or driven into exile since the regime cracked down on those defending the victims of its repression.

SOURCE

UK TIMES - Friday December 17th 2010