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#WAVEmembers: SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic, Montenegro

This week we are going to Montenegro, to meet one of our members: the SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic. The organisation was founded in 1998 and supports and empowers women survivors of violence. It offers different services, such as a women’s shelter, counselling and a national helpline available in two …

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in 25yearswave

#WAVEmembers: SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic, Montenegro

This week we are going to Montenegro, to meet one of our members: the SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic. The organisation was founded in 1998 and supports and empowers women survivors of violence. It offers different services, such as a women’s shelter, counselling and a national helpline available in two …

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in 25yearswave

Women Against Violence Europe: interview with Stephanie Futter-Orel

Stephanie Futter-Orel, WAVE’s  Executive Manager, is currently on maternity leave, but she shared a couple of words with us on the occasion of WAVE’s 25th anniversary. “I think having built this level of joint and collective support amongst women is something to be incredibly proud of. By joining all these voices and experiences and knowledge …

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in Voices

What about Iranian women and football?

Remembering Sahar Khodayari, the “Blue Girl”. Sahar Khodayari committed suicide on 9th September of 2019 at the age of 29 years old. She immolated herself after knowing that she could have spent from 6 months to up to 2 years in prison for being dressed as a man while trying to enter the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on March 2019.   What is the current situation in Iran when it comes to …

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in Uncategorized, Voices

On Anger and Feminism

The words “angry” and “feminist” are often lumped together as a derogation of a supposedly radical group arguing for ‘feminine domination.’ It gets flung as an insult and aims to aggravate the accused. As feminists, we must repurpose this intended insult, this deliberate misunderstanding of our cause — which is one of passion, fairness and …

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in Uncategorized, Voices

Let’s recognize women human right’s defender’s activism before we tell them to practice “self-care”

At the end of April, I was in Berlin to see one of my favourite feminist heroes, Kimberlé Crenshaw speak in honour of the 30th year since her coining the phrase “intersectional feminism.” The venue was packed and buzzing with excitement. I was lucky to even stand in the back of the room, since all …

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in Speak up to StepUp!

Child Marriage and the Georgian Example

Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that women and girls are somehow inferior to men and boys. Many girls who are married off before they turn 18 or are forced into early marriages are made to leave school, depriving them of their right to education and future independence. Child brides are also more …

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in Speak up to StepUp!

Treat yourself

Treat yourself with the right to say “NO!” Say “NO!”to those skinny fashion jeans that give you struggles and don’t have pockets. Treat yourself with that man perfume that you adore. Treat yourself with the right to say “NO!” to your boss who makes you cry in the bathroom. Treat yourself with a “NO!” to …

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday #119: The WAVE Office!

To celebrate the New Year, we wish to present all the great women that will be working in the WAVE Office in 2020. Some of them have been here for almost five years while some are recent additions to the WAVE Office, but here is a presentation of our beautiful team! In 2019, we were …

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday: Roshini Thinakaran

“”The women I highlight are making a difference with little or no help. Just imagine what they could do with international attention and support.” ― Roshini Thinakaran

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday: Angela Davis

“The roots of sexism and homophobia are found in the same economic and political institutions that serve as the foundation of racism in this country and, more often than not, the same extremist circles that inflict violence on people of color are responsible for the eruptions of violence inspired by sexist and homophobic biases. Our …

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in Fempower, Uncategorized

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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