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#WAVE members: SPAVO, Cyprus

The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO) is a non-governmental organisation based in Nicosia, Cyprus. SPAVO offers a national helpline, three shelters, counselling services for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Since 2016, SPAVO is a committed member of the WAVE Network. #WAVEmembers #feministsunite #25yearsWAVE

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#WAVE members: SPAVO, Cyprus

The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO) is a non-governmental organisation based in Nicosia, Cyprus. SPAVO offers a national helpline, three shelters, counselling services for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Since 2016, SPAVO is a committed member of the WAVE Network. #WAVEmembers #feministsunite #25yearsWAVE

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#WAVEmembers: Scottish Women’s Aid

The WAVE journey to its members around Europe is continuing: meet Scottish Women’s Aid! Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. Since 1976, Scottish Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of shaping responses to domestic abuse, coordinating, campaigning and influencing toward a shared vision of …

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The Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Have we made some Progress?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. (WHO, 2010). The terms ‘female circumcision’ and ‘female genital cutting’ are also used to refer to FGM. These procedures, …

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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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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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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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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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Inspirational Women: Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė

“We understand well that our fate is in our hands and that all we have to trust in is ourselves […]” (speech given on 15th of May 1920, Kaunas, LT at the Constituent Assembly Lithuania) Lithuania might not be the first country that comes to mind when looking for great feminists and women who helped …

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Inspiring Thursday: Carla del Ponte

The woman we present today has been nicknamed “the pest” and “the new Gestapo”. She faced the Sicilian Mafia as well as some of the most infamous war lords in history. We are talking about Carla del Ponte. Admired by some and disliked by other, del Ponte is certainly a controversial figure! Internationally, Ms. del …

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Inspiring Thursday: Sônia Guajajara

“Women around the world are starring in many fighting fronts. Indigenous women are committed to uniting all the rest of the world” (El Pais, 2019). Sônia Guajajara Sônia Guajajara was born on the 6th March of 1974 in a small village in the Amazon rainforest, Maranhão, Brazil. She is known worldwide for her fierce and …

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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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“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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