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Compassion In Kenya

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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.

Handwashing

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.
Towards womens empowerment

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.

19-year-old SRHR college peer educators talk Feminisms

In most parts of our society, the word “Feminism” still remains a bitter pill for so many people to swallow, however, to Wfac’s college SRHR Peer educators, the ‘F’ word is about change, empowerment of all and transforming lives.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

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…
Narges

Narges Mohammadi - Women Human Rights Defenders Are Heroes, Not Criminals

On September 28th 2016 an Iranian appeals court upheld a 16-year sentence for 44 year old Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights defender. Mrs. Mohammadi is a key member of the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, a lawyer by training,…

Nasrin-jailed

Award Winning Human Rights Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh on Day Seven of Hunger Strike in Iran

23rd October 2012

"I did everything in my power to dissuade her of this decision, but she was adamant," Reza Khandan, Nasrin's husband.

Nasrin Sotoudeh - Iranian human rights lawyer, is also a mother. She is not able to hug her children and show them how much she loves them. Nasrin's children are ages 5 and 12 and by now they might sense that their mother will likely remain in prison, as they grow up without her. They probably don't understand the logic behind her being in prison, as most of the people that become aware of her grave situation don't either.

Her husband reports that, on day six of the hunger strike, she is very weak and does not look well:

"Even without a hunger strike she has lost so much weight and is so weak that she is unrecognizable to those who have not seen her for a while… and now this."

Back in January 9, 2011, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was sentenced to five years in prison for 'violating the Islamic dress code (Hejab)' in a filmed acceptance speech in 2008, in which she was accepting a Human Rights Prize by the International Committee on Human Rights. Five years were added to the sentence for 'acting against the national security of the country' and one year was added for 'propaganda against the regime'. The fact is that she remains imprisoned for staying true to her profession and for defending her clients.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says the 'UN Human Rights Council Should Act to Address the Crisis. The ICHRI also says that Nasrin has 'reportedly been tortured in prison in order to force her to confess to crimes that she is innocent of'.

Under the concept of a fair trial, the key point is to have access to lawyers and this is not being practiced. It is routinely being violated.

Article 168 of the Iranian constitution states: 'All political prisoners are afforded right to a jury trial and must be public'. explained Human Rights Lawyer, Mehrangiz Kar, when discussing Ms. Sotoudeh's case.

Ms. Kar also added "When there is not a jury during the trial, that trial is not legal even under the Islamic Republic's structure. This has been routinely violated since the 2009 elections.... She always followed the law, made sure that her speeches were free of slogans and concentrated on what is lawful. She stayed within the boundaries of law".

Related Article: An Iranian angel in jail - Mehrangiz Kar talks about Nasrin Sotoudeh

Human rights activists world wide have joined in to bring awareness to Nasrin's cries for help. To show their solidarity with this incredible woman, they have been organizing "Tweet Storms" which began Friday, October 19 at 1 p.m. EST and continued throughout the weekend. They are using the hashtag is #IamNasrin. According to the organizers of the 'Tweet Storm', "The goal is to encourage media, journalists, bloggers, reporters, lawyers, mothers, women's rights groups, human rights activists, groups, and concerned citizens to stand in solidarity with Nasrin. Social media plays a very important role in consciousness-awareness raising. We should all do our parts to be Nasrin's voice because hers has been silenced. The Regime in Iran must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity".

A special Facebook event page  - "Tweet Storm for Nasrin", has been created to keep activists and the public informed of Nasrin's condition as she battles the brutal conditions of her imprisonment.


Event Info: Tweet Storm for Nasrin

Petition to Free Nasrin