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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passes bill!!!


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation against forced marriage of women under which the violators would face up to seven years imprisonment and Rs500,000 fine or both.

The bill aimed at the elimination of the tradition of ‘Ghag’ was moved by the Provincial Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Sitara Ayaz.

When the mover presented the bill containing a punishment of 14 years…


Added by Asim Malik on January 9, 2013 at 5:13 — No Comments

Tackling VAWG as part of good governance programming

Thank you Asim for the great Blog about Thursday's moot trial in Pakistan.  I could ask for no better introduction to RHV's paper drawing together examples from the RHV community on innovative strategies, just like the moot trial, to bring about changes in attitudes, behaviour and the institutional frameworks that condone or perpetuate violence against women.


We've added a link to the Paper and both the Honduras and Nigeria Case Studies to our Key Documents on the…


Added by Jacky Repila on December 12, 2012 at 14:48 — No Comments

In a moot trial, parliamentarians asked to do more to protect women

By News Desk

Published: December 7, 2012

In a moot trial on Thursday, a jury of women affected by violence called on parliamentarians to legislate for greater protection for women and better accountability for perpetrators of violence, said a press release.

The moot court, conducted at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, was convened in a bid to collectively mark 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Girls and Women, an annual campaign that lasts between…


Added by Asim Malik on December 12, 2012 at 5:42 — No Comments


The RHV community is committed to ending violence against women and girls (VAWG), and all forms of gender based violence. 

We are signposting you as practitioners and policy makers to two funding opportunities for work on VAWG:


1.  The first is by the Department for International Development (DFID) in Britain.  For details go to their website…


Added by Jacky Repila on December 3, 2012 at 9:51 — No Comments

Femicide in Honduras: "This machista society breeds a growing and tangible hatred towards women."

On Sunday the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will help to focus the world's attention on women's right to live a life free from violence. RHV partners in Honduras paint a picture in words of the rising levels of femicide, and the lack of political will on the part of the judiciary, law makers and enforcers to deal with it. 

To find out more go to the Oxfam Policy and Practice website…


Added by Jacky Repila on November 23, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

"My father, my home" — Botswana ruling in favour of daughters' right to inherit

On the 12th October four Botswana sisters won the legal right to inherit their father's estate, that's good news for them and for women across Africa.  In a groundbreaking case, Judge Key Dingake ruled that customary rule law (which would have forced the sisters to leave the home in favour of a male relative) was anti-constitutional violating their right to equality under section 3(a) of the Constitution.

Whilst remaining mindful of the need to be vigilant as we hear of the possible…


Added by Jacky Repila on November 19, 2012 at 14:23 — No Comments

New report reveals alarming attitudes about rape - 37% of men in Eastern DRC report having raped a woman

Depressing news from a DRC study by the Sonke Gender Justice Network that found more than one in three of the 708 men surveyed in the war-torn east admits committing sexual assault, and that three in four believe that a woman who "does not dress decently is asking to be raped." Read more from this excellent, nuanced report here:…


Added by Emily Brown on November 12, 2012 at 11:37 — No Comments

RHV partner SOAWR Applauds Leadership of the African Group at the United Nations for FGM Draft Resolution

30 October 2012:

The global effort to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) has taken a critical step forward with the official presentation of a draft resolution by the Group of African States at the United Nations. The draft resolution, “Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilations,” was advanced by African leadership at multiple levels, including the Inter African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices and the First Ladies of Benin and…


Added by Emily Brown on November 2, 2012 at 17:34 — No Comments

Move your chair into the circle: Indigenous women’s political participation in Guatemala

"I started getting involved in community politics and working in organizations. There, with the women's groups, is where I learnt what it really means to organize. (They teach you about organization at university, but it's not the same.) I learnt about politics from the elders, the ancestral authorities.

 "In the meetings, it was all men and then…


Added by Emily Brown on August 6, 2012 at 10:22 — No Comments

Maya Angelou's Best poem ever!


enough money within her control to move out 

and rent a place of her own, 

even if she never wants to or needs to... 

something perfect to wear if the employer, 

or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour... 


a youth she's content to leave behind.... 

a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to 

retelling it in her old age.... 

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless…


Added by Pam Inoti on July 5, 2012 at 14:36 — No Comments

Nothing is Impossible: case study on Raising Her Voice programme in Nepal

Women in Nepal experience discrimination in all areas of their lives. The goal of Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice programme is to ensure that public policy making reflects the interests of poor and marginalized women in the country, especially by increasing their participation and influence in community decision-making bodies that have a particular impact on their lives. This case study – one of a series of Programme Insights on Local Governance and Community Action – shows the remarkable success…


Added by Sonali Campion on June 28, 2012 at 14:58 — 1 Comment

Illustrating power

See the powerpoints attached for illustrated examples of different types of power and some of the interations between them. The first is a series of fun cartoons while the second outlines the Power Cube approach.


Both are great resources - they can be used to help communicate contrasting forms of power, or as a tool to identify power structures and plan actions accordingly.


You can also find other useful tools and guides on the new Raising Her Voice Resources…


Added by Sonali Campion on June 12, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Women and Girls Empowerment Project (WOGE) launched in Uganda

Article link http://www.ethiopiainvestor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3242&Itemid=88

WOGE: A Unique Women and Girls Empowerment Initiative

As the world approaches 2015, a critical time to measure the success in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), two…


Added by Pam Inoti on June 11, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

From Participation to Power: Making Women’s Voices Count - RHV presentation overview + video link

RHV presentation delivered May 17th 1-2pm as part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up’: examining what works, what does not work, and why.’


View here: …


Added by Sonali Campion on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 — No Comments

Femicide, anger and struggle: stories of women's activism in Honduras

Painful but powerful real-life experiences of women's activism in central America. Take a look:



Added by Sonali Campion on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 — No Comments

Breathing Life into the African Women’s Protocol - Report from May 3rd Lawyers' Circle event, London

On the 3rd of May 2012 Oxfam and The Lawyer’s circle hosted an evening networking reception as a side event to the International Association of Women Judges Conference. The event was titled “Breathing Life into the African Women’s Protocol” and sought to more widely promote the African Women’s Protocol in the preparation and prosecution of cases.


Caroline Muthoni…


Added by Sonali Campion on May 23, 2012 at 16:19 — No Comments

Raising Her Voice in Liberia

A great poster from Liberia summarising RHV work in Africa

Added by Emily Brown on May 15, 2012 at 12:21 — No Comments

A life-long struggle - Story of a woman who took vocational training as a full- time job in a conservative environment

By Maria Tabassum  In a small room of almost two-century-old Gurdwara Bhai Beasa Singh Sahab, situated in Jogiwara locality of Mohalla Ghazi Abdur Rasheed Siddiqui in Peshawar, you will see an elderly woman.  At first sight, you may…

Added by Asim Malik on May 4, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Statement of support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for President of World Bank

Humanity stands on the threshold of history…a time that calls for all of us to stand on the right side of history and to make the right decision, not only in our own interest, but in the interest of generations to come.

These are watershed times that we are living in. We are facing, amongst others, a financial, food and fuel crisis. As humanity this is not the first time that we have faced crises of such epic proportions. However, throughout the centuries, the resolution of such…


Added by Sonali Campion on April 4, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

Ivory Coast ratify the African Women's Rights Protocol

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in congratulating Cote d' Ivoire for ratifying the the (AU) Protocol on the Rights of Women on the 9th of March 2012!! The Cote d'Ivoire's ratification brings the number of states party to the Protocol to 32 (of a total of 53). A further 14 countries have signed but have yet to deposit the official documents required with the relevent African Union offices.

The government first signed up to the Protocol in February 2004 so a huge congratulations…


Added by Emily Brown on March 16, 2012 at 15:43 — No Comments

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