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Day of Action: Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by

Gulbarchyn Jumabaevа of WLP Kyrgyzstan shares photos and an update on the local day of activism against sexual and gender-based violence.


WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgystan and civil society activists, representatives from women’s NGOs, and youth activists rallied today under the slogan: “Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!”

Each year the number of women and children facing violence in Kyrgyztsan increases, and the violence reported is more devastating in scale and form.

According to the Center for Assistance to Children, in the first quarter of 2013 they have already worked with 13 cases of child victims of sexual abuse. In 2011-2012 they worked with 254 children, 34 of which were victims of sexual abuse. And these figured merely represent the small portion of the population the Center is able to work with. According to an informal survey of doctors at a local children’s hospital 3-7 children are treated for injuries related to sexual assault each month.

The General Prosecutors Office reports that in 2011 there were 22 cases of domestic violence related suicides.

WLP Kyrgyzstan feels the hour has come when the whole community must say NO to violence against children and women, to demand the authorities take strong and effective measures and steps to improve the situation.

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Media, girls, self-cutting and no TV

Posted on 24 October 2011 by

The Miss Representation film came to our school for a screening and Q&A this week-end.

Much like Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex, Miss Representation warns of the danger and damage done by the media-advertising complex, especially for women and girls.

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A Call for Action on African Women’s Health & Human Rights

Posted on 03 February 2011 by

African Women’s Health and Rights Day (AWHRD) on February 4th, is an annual event to raise awareness and advance critical debate around the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women throughout the African continent both at the national and local levels. This year’s event is another opportunity to assess the state of women’s health and rights advancement across the region from the referendum in Sudan, the tensions around elections in Nigeria, the crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo which includes sexual violence and rape as a weapon of war, the women’s human rights abuses in Uganda based on sexuality, and the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire arising from that country’s last elections and the impact of all of these political issues on the political will to implement measures towards the protection of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Young Women and Feminism in Nicaragua: Passive Generation?

Posted on 20 August 2010 by

I feel a little bit worried. More than a little bit actually. Since I started to learn more about feminism I can see some things I didn’t before. Right now, everyone who knows me can tell you that I am a feminist, or at least that I am trying to be one. Sadly in Nicaragua that is a label that can diminish who you are and establish how seriously you can be taken.

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Congratulations Sakena Jan for the Jonathan Mann Award

Posted on 28 June 2010 by

Afghan Crusader for Rights of Girls and Women Receives 2010 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights


Excerpts from the press release announcing the award

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a champion of health care and education for Afghan women and children and the founder and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), is the 2010 winner of the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, established in 1999 to honor Dr. Mann and highlight the vital link between health and human rights.

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Women, HIV and AIDS in Uganda

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Ndagire Irene, Uganda

In as much as the AIDS epidemic has changed the world over the years, it has no doubt had a profound effect on women in Uganda. HIV-the virus that causes AIDS has ravaged the developing world like no other scourge in history and continues to threaten the lives of many people in Africa.

It is estimated that there are about 31.3 million adults worldwide living with HIV and AIDS, around half are women, with about 98 percent of them being women living in developing countries. The epidemic has had a unique impact on women, which has been exacerbated by their role within society and their biological vulnerability to HIV infection.

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Maternal Mortality: Dying to Give Hope?

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: Third Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Eyinade Adedotun, Nigeria

He fixed a trance-like stare at the poster. He couldn’t believe his eyes. He had only spoken to her only a week just before the Christmas break. The obituary read she had ‘passed on to glory’. As if to mock death, her age was conspicuously displayed beneath her picture: thirty four. It was not the ubiquitous brief illness that is wont to kill people these days. The culprit was something he had thought her hard-earned middle class status had shielded her from. She died during childbirth, leaving a baby girl in the cold.

Before now it was the stuff of cold statistics that one was quick to dismiss as the antics of fund-seeking NGO operatives who mouthed gloomy facts about hapless women who are dying daily from labour complications. Hearing in quick succession the death of two otherwise comfortable women whom I had erroneously thought were immune from the reach of maternal mortality -the exclusive preserve of the dirt poor – made me rethink the issue especially how it affects a significant part of our population.

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In Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Process, Women are Essential Players, Not Spoilers

Posted on 08 February 2010 by

The political turmoil of Zimbabwe has faded in and out of international headlines as efforts to solidify a unity government have led to some glimmers of hope, alternating with disappointment, during the past year.  We are only now beginning to recognize and document the full, violent effects of that political instability on Zimbabwe’s women. 

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Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) in Lebanon

Posted on 09 January 2010 by

The movers and shakers of social policies

One of Lebanon’s main ailments is the deep-rooted confessional nature of its society, communities and social institutions. Confessionalism in this case refers to divisions and distinction along religious/sectarian lines where each confessional community tends to draw its identity from its confessional belongingness rather than from belonging to one nation state. These divided and divisive confessional identities have been reproduced within all forms of social institutions. Indeed, political appointments are made along confessional lines; marriages between confessions remain an oddity, and citizens’ basic rights, notably education and health, are provided essentially and primarily by confessional organizations rather than the state.

With funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Collective for Research & Training on Development – Action (CRTD.A) just completed a three year research on the role of Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) in Lebanon especially in influencing social policies in the key sectors of education and health. In doing so, the research investigated the ways in which FBOs in Lebanon conceive and practice governance, participatory leadership, citizenship and gender equality. The research was motivated by the need to understand the behavior, motivation, and impact of such widespread, resourceful and powerful institutions in shaping citizenship rights and gender equality in Lebanon.

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