Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation


Commemoration of International Peace Day


As part of the “Right of Peoples to Peace”,International Day of Peace 2014, the Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC), reinforced the values of peace and stability for the protection of human rights in Somalia. Across 3 events, the SWDC encouraged 500 participates including religious elders, camp leaders, disabled persons, women, men, youth and children to share their experiences about war and conflict and their contribution towards peace building and stability.

Women in Aceh are Still Victims of Violence


As a commitment to the fulfilment of the rights of the victims/survivors, in 2011 12 women's organizations in Aceh formed the Aceh Monitoring Network 231 (JPA 231) dedicated to collecting, compiling and analyzing data on violence and discrimination against women from various service agencies. The results of this analysis are then written up in a Bi-Annual Report (Catahu). This article summarises the report's findings.

Saving the Memory of Farkhunda

A week ago, I woke up to the most horrifying news I have ever heard. I woke up around 9 a.m. and checked my Facebook account. It was full of pictures and videos of a woman who had just been brutally killed by a mob in Kabul. The first sentences I read about the incident left me in shock: "Today we killed a woman who burned the Quran-e Sharif, Allah u Akbar."

Women Defy Mullahs To Bury Murdered Girl


A band of 30 Afghan women, including WELDD participant Nargis Azaryun, carried the body of murdered student Farkhunda through the streets of Kabul yesterday, defying the girl's murderers in order to give her a proper burial. They speak about their immense act of courage. “I didn't pick the coffin up to tell the men that they are less of a man or anything like that. I picked it up because I wanted to tell the women in this country that if we want to achieve anything we should set up, and do what we want to do. Do it like a woman. And if we stick together, we break taboos. We proved it yesterday. No one could stop us yesterday from being by Farkhunda's side because we were together and supporters of each other.”

Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Violence in Pakistan

Day 5 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

A student of the Lahore University of Management Sciences recently made a claim of sexual harassment against a former professor at the university's law faculty. He was then found guilty by the Provincial (Punjab) Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace. This case has brought back the issue of sexual harassment to the spotlight, despite it being obvious that it only disappeared from the public eye and not so much from the daily working life of many people in Pakistan.

Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!


It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence and militarism. From the terrorism of the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram, to the threats of Western-led imperialism, down to personal lives marred by cultures of masculinist violence, women all over the world face insecurity owing to patriarchal and militaristic violence.


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