Democracy

Russian village houses, barns and a church through a snow shower
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Russia is known as a country with a high level of domestic violence. There is no official statistics available, while NGOs concerned with this issue face serious challenges. And now, the Russian legal system has de facto removed an essential protective barrier between assailant and his prey.

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"One Cube" Three, yet one! - is a documentary film by Pramod Dev. Depicting three women who work in export-oriented sectors of India's economy.

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In recent weeks Poland has witnessed an unprecedented mobilisation of women against the tightening of the already very strict abortion law. To the likely surprise of many observers, the government, dominated by the nationalist right-wing Law and Justice party, decided to revoke its initial backing for the draft law, having bowed to pressure following angry protests of one hundred thousand women bearing black umbrellas. Gert Röhrborn from the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the background of these recent events.

We hosted a conversation with three women, Julia Ojiambo, Daisy Amdany and Njoki Ngumi, representing different generations of activists. The coffee table dialogue seeks to find out the extent to which global plans and strategies have informed activists at different moments and how feminist action develops across generations.

Africa

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As Zanzibar gearsup for a rerun of Presidential, Legislative and Local Councils Elections annulled in October 2015, the Regional Commissioner (RC) of Mwanza, Magessa Mulongo on March 8th while commemorating International Women’s Day made some remarks worthy of a response. Mr. Mulongo used a familiar trope to try to explain women’s low numbers in representative structures-elected or nominated: he chastised women for being each other’s worst enemy.

Urvashi Butalia from New Dehli, India presenting her analysis on India's response to sexual violence
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In early 2013, the cases of two young women, brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world received uncharacteristic national and international attention. One was Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old from India; and the other was 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa.

Lavender Hill townhall meeting on 'Enhancing state and community response to Gender Based Violence'

On 15 August 2013, representatives of the departments of Social Development and Health, parliament and civil society attended a roundtable hosted at the Heinrich Böll Foundation to explore multi-sector responses for improved shelter services for abused women.

Middle East

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In the early 2000, the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action, CRTD.A, and its network of feminist allies in the Arab region identified the denial of Arab women’s right to nationality to be a resilient form of state driven discrimination against women. How this reality changed during the last decade and what are the needed actions?  

Women celebrating
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During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have to fight against their exclusion from the political arena.

Cover-photo of "Perspectives #2 Mai 2011 People's Power - The Arab World in Revolt
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The Open Society Foundations’ Senior Program Officer on Women’s Rights in the Arab regional office in Amman in an interview on the role of women in the arab revolutions, their issues and needs, their ability to position themselves in the decision-making process, their main concerns and about fears and the role of islamists.

Europe & North America

Police women challenging stereotypes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Borders of the Millennium: the Present. From the book "Women Documented - Women and Public Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 20th Century".

People waiting in line to gather water during the Siege of Sarajevo, 1992

This Was Not Our War - The position of women in the period 1992-1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the book "Women Documented - Women and Public Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 20th Century".

Dandelion
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The sterilization of women without their consent remains a persistent problem for public health systems worldwide. Public health administrators and justice systems have yet to learn the lessons of such abuses.

Asia

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Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research in New Delhi, is a veteran Indian feminist who has been following the International Women’s Conferences since Nairobi in 1985. She just returned from the March 2015 meeting in New York. We talked with her about women’s rights and gender equity in India.

Humaira Saqib

Humaira Saqib is the chairwoman and editor-in-chief of Women News Agency and Nigah-e Zan magazine. She is also a member of the leadership board of the “Women Political Participation Committee” and a member of “Afghanistan 1400.” In the interview she talks about the political future of women in Afghanistan.

Manizha Ramezi

Manizha Ramiz heads the women’s committee at the Khatt-e Naw organization. She also teaches at the Accounting and Management Institute and works for Education TV. She was born in Kabul and went to the Ariana High School. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in management and is currently doing a Master's degree in psychology at Kabul University.

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Active political participation for all citizens of a state is the core value of democracy. Gender democracy needs to become a component within the process of democratization in conflict areas as well as in gender-hierarchical organisational structures or cultures. The Heinrich Böll Foundation is using very different approaches to achieve political participation of women.

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