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Executive Director’s blog series: Sexual violence in conflict

Sexual violence against women and girls in conflict-affected countries is being used as a tactic of war, with devastating consequences for women across the globe.

Monday 11 December 2017

The Muslim director who filmed neo-Nazis: ‘I thought – I’m not going to make it out’

Deeyah Khan had a simple question for her new documentary: ‘Is it possible for me to sit with my enemy and for them to sit with theirs’? She got an answer – but not without a few tricky moments …

Wednesday 6 December 2017

The key to change

Occasionally periods of social regression and progressive developments occur simultaneously. After all, among the many catastrophic reports emerging from the Arab world there are also a few glimmers of hope – for women.

Sunday 3 December 2017

Remembering women killed fighting for human rights in 2017

More than half of the women cited in AWID’s 2017 tribute to female activists were murdered for defending their rights.

Friday 1 December 2017

Violence against women: the most common but least punished

Every year on the 25th of November, the whole world is outraged at violence against women. One day, over 365 days in which women suffer relentlessly all forms of assault, rape, murder perpetrated in their vast majority by men and most often with complete impunity.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Egyptian film controversy: Shams buys a man

Egypt is in uproar over a film: a single woman marries solely in order to have a baby via a sperm donor and then gets divorced.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Call for Submission: 5th International Women’s Film Festival – Herat

The Secretariat of the 5th edition of the  International Women’s Film Festival – Herat requests filmmakers to send in short or long feature and documentary films.

Thursday 16 November 2017

Kashmir abuses: women searching for justice challenge state use of forensics

Thousands of young men have ‘disappeared’ in Kashmir and there have been numerous allegations of sexual assaults. But the fight for answers and justice continues.

Monday 13 November 2017

Afghanistan is tougher on child marriage than Florida

It is hard to grasp how legal loopholes still exist in America that allow minors to marry. But they do, and with life-long consequences for the child involved. More than 200,000 children were married in the US over the last 15 years.

Sunday 29 October 2017

1000 schools in Afghanistan closed as Taliban strike at education

About 3.5 million children are out of school, 75% of them girls – not just because of violence but also a lack of female teachers, early marriage and social restrictions.

Thursday 26 October 2017