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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 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.

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.
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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

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…
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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

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.
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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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On 11th February, 2011, on the 18th day of protesting, Egyptian revolutionaries forced their dictator to stand down, after 30 years of oppressive rule.

Mona Seif was at the heart of the revolution.

The next day Mona spoke to Chris Crowstaff.

Whatever you are doing now, take time to stop, listen, watch and experience.

An outer and inner revolution.

"People find it hard to believe, but it was really easy to stay positive if you were in Tahrir Square.

"If you are in Tahrir Square you really feel people’s determination and you really feel Mubarak is just one kick away from stepping down.

Once you step out of Tahrir you get faced with all the other complications of the real world and how hard it is for real. So if you talk to anyone, and I talked to a lot of my friends and they all had the same impression – you basically need to go to Tahrir Square to get this spark of positivity and optimism and then take it out to the world. You really feel like nothing could bring the people who were in Tahrir day and night down.

Even his last speech which really put me in a state of anger, it really took 30 minutes for this anger to disappear because people suddenly turned it into this very positive energy and we marched out of Tahrir Square and we took over the TV building and we took over the presidential palace, so there’s always something positive.

Women's Role

I didn’t try to stop and point out what we (women) did in the whole movement until I was asked frequently about the role women played. Because, from the beginning, I went to demos with women. I went with my friends, my mother, my sister. So I was always surrounded by women. I always saw women I know and I don’t know really getting involved in everything. Even like organising January 25th from the beginning it was from a female friend of mine that I knew about all of the details and arranging the distribution of food, the collecting money, getting blankets, the women arranging the stage from which we announced and we organised stuff, medical aid on the field while people were getting shot at and getting wounded – everything, everything, women and girls were there...

I’ve never really looked for what women could particularly do because I come from a family where women are extremely empowered. The joke in our family is that our women are more powerful than our men! So I always have blind faith and always assume that of course women will play a major role in whatever happens next.

Mother of Egyptians

For example, in Khaled Said’s case, the important figure in actually talking to the people and mobilising them was his mother. If you see his mother, she is like a typical Egyptian mother and I don’t think she would have ever been the one to normally take on political battles. But she has been through a horrible incident. She has lost her son. And she has seen how people can rise to this. So suddenly she became a symbol and she is such a great woman. You can’t imagine how moving it is to just see her talk. And so she became such an important figure for all Egyptians. Actually a lot of people call her ‘Mother of Egyptians’.

So women have been part of this movement and they are going to be part of what comes next and they are always going to be there. There’s no question about it. I think we have to stop wondering how much they will be involved because they are involved and they are a huge part of it.

So I have really seen amazing women and there was no question about even thinking for a second the role of what women play in the movement because they were part of every single detail out there."

Ahmed Seif El-Islam Hamad

Mona's father, Ahmed Seif El-Islam Hamad, is a human rights lawyer and a founder of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre (HMLC).

Ahmed Seif was one of the victims of Mubarak's rule. He was in prison throughout much of Mona's childhood.


Read the transcript of the full interview

Follow Mona on Twitter: @monasosh

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