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Compassion CBO

Safe World Field Partner in Kenya - Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo

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COFAPRI

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Field Partner 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…

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Co-founder of SAWERA Shot Dead, Following Threats

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Safeworld staff are heartbroken to receive news of the murder of Farida Afridi.

Farida, together with Noorzia Afridi, co-founded SAWERA.

At a young age, the two women chose to devote their lives to promoting women's empowerment and peace in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Our hearts go out to Farida's family and to Noorzia and their friends. We hope they get at least some comfort in knowing that Farida has already helped many, in her short life.


 

Pakistani Women's Rights Activist Fareeda 'Kokikhel' Afridi Shot Dead in Peshawar

By Anissa Haddadi | International Business Times | July 5th 2012

Fareeda 'Kokikhel' Afridi, director of the Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (Sawera), a Pakistani non-governmental organisation dedicated to women's rights, has been murdered in a tribal area.

Afridi was shot once in the head and twice in the neck, officials said. She was killed in the Khyber tribal region.

"She was on her way to the office when militants opened fire," Jamrud political administration official Asmatullah Wazir told reporters.

Witnesses said they saw two motorcyclists following Kokikhel before they opened fire and sped away.

The activist was taken to hospital but died of her wounds shortly after the attack.

Media reports suggest police have arrested three suspects but that has not been confirmed.

Under threat

A month before her death, Afridi had told a journalist she was "under threat" and had been forced to change her mobile number.

The threats continued, however, prompting her to say in an interview, "I could even be killed in Peshawar," the online edition of Pakistan's Daily Times reported.

Though she never named the people threatening her, friends and colleagues suspect local Taliban militants were behind the campaign of intimidation.

Who is Fareeda Afridi?

The 25-year-old activist co-founded Sawera with her sister Noorzia in 2004. They graduated from university with a masters in gender studies.

Sawera focuses on promoting women's and children's rights and education in the tribal belt.

She had three sisters and two brothers. Her sisters said they faced a barrage of criticism, even from their own family, about starting a career in human rights.

"We told our parents that we would work in accordance with our religious and cultural traditions, assuring them that we would never let the family honour suffer because of our line of work. Finally, they agreed," Noorzia said.

Throughout her work, Kokikhel remained defiant and continued to criticise the government and the Taliban and the patriarchal nature of Pakistani society, which she saw as one of the main obstacles to women's empowerment.

 

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