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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.

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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.
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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

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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

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Berlyne Ngwentah: 'The Biggest Cheerleaders of Women are 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 and husband Reza at court hearing

Emotional reunion at Nasrin Sotoudeh's court hearing

In an emotional reunion, jailed Iranian human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh met her husband Reza for a brief moment when she attended a court hearing to examine whether to revoke her license to practice law.

On January 11th 2011, Nasrin was sentenced to 11 years in prison and has been on hunger-strike for some of the time

Handcuffed

iranian-bar-associationAccording to the women's rights website Feminist School, on Sunday morning, Nasrin Sotoudeh was taken from Evin prison to the Iranian Bar Association where a group of lawyers including Ms. Keyhani, a member of the association’s board of directors, was to examine her case.

The school’s website has also reported that Nsrin was seen handcuffed and accompanied by a female police officer as well as two soldiers.

A Smiling face

“She appeared in the court with a smiling face while looking very confident, something that reassured those present [including] the women’s rights activists who had come to see Nasrin Sotoudeh at the Iranian Bar Association.”

At the same time pictures were released of a brief reunion between Nasrin and her husband Reza Khandan.

Letter to husband

In a new letter to her husband Nasrin has vowed to continue to seek justice regardless of the court's decision.

My dear Reza,

Much has been said about the loneliness associated with prison. I want to share prison life with you, for it somehow takes you off guard. 

Can you imagine the environment that the new generation has created in prison?

The same surprising environment that currently exists outside prison is also pervasive within these prison walls, creating a new form of existence both within our society and behind bars.

This existence is at times happy and upbeat, at times calm and demure, at times watchful and analytical, but always tolerant and willing to compromise; a tolerance that will eventually lead us to achieve our goals. 

You know better than anyone that much like running water that over time creates fissures in rocks, it is our tolerance and flexibility that will be eventually remove the obstacles from our paths.

 My dear Reza, everyone ponders about their freedom while in prison.

Although my freedom is also important to me, it is not more important than the justice that has been ignored and denied.

Like many other prisoners, I too dream of going on a trip with my family, or to walk freely under the rain, to gaze upon the trees in the alley, or to spend the afternoon with my kids in a park. 

Do you remember by the way, the joy with which the three of us greeted you every afternoon when you came home from work?  We were a happy family and despite the threats by my interrogator during that first interrogation session when he threatened to obliterate me and my husband from the face of this earth, we remain happy; for my interrogator did not realize that happiness lies within an individuals heart.

It goes without saying that I would like to have all these things and that they are all important to me, but nothing is more important than those hundreds of years of sentences that were rendered to my clients and other freedom seeking individuals, accused of crimes they had not committed. Though I had the privilege of representing only a few, I will continue to object to their unjust sentences regardless of whether or not I have a license to practice the law.

They are holding a trial in order to revoke my license to practice the law; a license that I always tried to use with honor. Even if my license is taken from me by a government some day, they cannot strip me of my honor; and that is all I need.

My beloved Reza, as long as such unjust sentences exist and the Revolutionary Court continues to render such shocking rulings, with or our without a license to practice the law, I will continue to object these sentences, for one does not need a license in order to object to unjust sentences.  Tell them they can revoke my license if they wish to do so, but they can't strip me of my right to justice. 

Evin Prison

Ward for Female Political Prisoners

May 2011 [Khordad 1390]

Letter translated by Banooye Sabz for the International Campaign in Support of Nasrin Sotoudeh

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Nasrin Sotoudeh's Photos - May 29, 2011

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GVF:  Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh appears in court, in cuffs

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Nasrin's Story