Inspiring Thursday: Nawal al-Saadawi

“Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies.” Nawal al-Saadawi was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She is sometimes described as the “Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world” and is considered …

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in 25yearswave

Perspectives for the future II #25yearsWAVE

The WAVE Youth Ambassadors support the WAVE Step Up! Campaign in campaigning for the rights of women survivors of violence to access support and protection. The campaign believes that people are stronger together, which is why we need to mobilize, organize and build communities capable of standing together and demanding change. As fighting for women’s …

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in 25yearswave

Perspectives for the future I #25yearsWAVE

As the second generation of WAVE Youth Ambassadors is currently brainstorming, planning and developing actions targeting youth and young people across Europe to raise awareness on violence against women and girls, it is clear that their approaches aim to be intersectional, intergenerational and holistic. “We want to expand and not remain in our own bubble but reach the …

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What the WAVE? Podcast Pilot Episode 3: FGM is now a crime in Sudan & Thankful for June Almeida

May 8, 2020 – During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of use are fatigued with the news and are so oversaturated by this point that we don’t even want to turn on the TV, radio or computer in order to actively avoid it. It’s especially hard to find a feminist angle on news …

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What the WAVE? Podcast Pilot Episode 2: Female NHS Workers, News from Armenia & Thankful for Nilde Iotti

May 1, 2020 – During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of use are fatigued with the news and are so oversaturated by this point that we don’t even want to turn on the TV, radio or computer in order to actively avoid it. It’s especially hard to find a feminist angle on news …

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in Voices

#CSW65: The criminalization of a pandemic – a feminist analysis

WAVE is joining the CSW65 events and attended the panel discussion “The criminalization of a pandemic – a feminist analysis”. At the event, members of RESURJ and the Vecinas Feministas por la Justicia Sexual y Reproductiva en América Latina presented their recently published survey report “The Criminalization of a Pandemic: A Cross-Regional Feminist Analysis”. The …

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#CSW65 – Power Up! Gender Justice for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in sub-Saharan Africa

WAVE is joining the CSW65 events and attended the meeting “Power Up! Gender Justice for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in sub-Saharan Africa — The ‘Education Plus’ Initiative”. The meeting was convened by UNAIDS in collaboration with UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of Benin and Luxembourg. The high-level advocacy …

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International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day

On 29 November 2020, International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day, the Civil Society Strengthening Platform (CSSP) project partners and WAVE Youth Ambassadors from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia got together for a second time to fortify the collaborative efforts from their first action and put an emphasis on the need for intergenerational collaboration. …

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in Speak up to StepUp!

WAVE Youth Ambassador from Serbia on the uprising against sexual violence in the Balkans

Our WAVE Youth Ambassador from Serbia is standing in solidarity with the strong and brave women of the Balkan region who are speaking out against sexual violence. We must continue to shed light on the uprising against sexual violence in the Balkans and ensure that the survivors’ voices are being heard! #NisiSama For more information …

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Youth across Europe on the importance of the Istanbul Convention II

The backlash of right wing governments resulted in several European countries planning to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a legal treaty that aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, and thus aims to encourage peaceful living free from violence. On the International Peace Day, the current WAVE Youth Ambassadors along with …

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Inspiring Thursday: Nawal al-Saadawi

“Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies.” Nawal al-Saadawi was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She is sometimes described as the “Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world” and is considered …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Of course, I am the first democratically elected woman president in Africa, and that raises a lot of expectations. Because I represent the aspirations of women all over Africa, I must succeed for them. I must keep the door open for women’s participation in politics at the highest level. That is both humbling and exciting. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ute Bock

„Was ich mir wünsch’? Dass ich unnötig werde!“ „What do I wish for? Becoming unnecessary!” Ute Bock was a social worker who dedicated her life to supporting and empowering people who fled their home countries. Born in Linz, Austria, in 1942, Ute Bock became an educator and employee of the municipality of Vienna at a …

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From Crisis to Crisis: the fight for sustainable refuge funding in England

Over the past few years we have seen specialist refuge services in England lurch from funding crisis to funding crisis with no promise of sustainable funding from either local authorities or central government. Despite the uncertainty around refuge funding, the one unchanging factor is that the demand for refuge spaces continues to far exceed the …

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in Fempower

“My house is my castle” – the protection of victims of domestic violence under Polish law

Although the Polish legal system has undergone some changes as a result of Poland’s adoption of the Istanbul Convention (1),there still are a number of substantive and procedural shortcomings that women suffering from domestic violence have to face when accessing justice. One of the most pressing problems relates to the need to guarantee the separation …

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