A Feminist Open-Mic Night in Tbilisi

yfw_bestyblogThe Tbilisi Young Women’s Dialogue kicked off on Monday with a welcome reception and open-mic night.  The Dialogue is bringing together 36 young women under the age of 30 from across Southeast Europe, Central Eastern Europe, and Commonwealth of Independent States to talk about young women’s and feminist issues, as well as resource mobilization for young women’s rights.  This is one of the first meetings of its kind in this region – and I have been bouncing off of my chair with excitement about it over the past month.

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Violeta Krasnic: Our Time is Now!

Violeta Krasnic recently joined the Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) program team as its director. She brings more than 15years of experience as a human rights advocate, gender-based violence counselor, and trainer for non-profit management. Violeta was previously with WITNESS, a New York-based international human rights organization that uses video as an advocacy tool to raise awareness of human rights issues.
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Turkish Feminists Link Academics and Activists to Eradicate Violence

By Zeina Zataari

WOCMES attendeesAs an activist-scholar, I have always been interested in the intersections between the two apparently separate worlds and have worked to ensure knowledge produced serves societal change towards equality and justice. I was thrilled to see this intersection in action at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies in Spain where several academics and grantee sisters showcased their collaborative efforts.

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Myrna Cunningham Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Mexican University

board_myrnaMyrna Cunningham, Nicaraguan feminist, indigenous rights activist and Global Fund board member was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of the most prestigious universities in the Americas region. UNAM is celebrating its 100th anniversary by recognizing 16 leaders and intellectuals from all over the world for their incredible work and achievements. Read the news update (Spanish) »

 

Working for Young Women’s Health and Empowerment in Sudan

members of Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, grantee partners in Sudan

By Kimberly Wolf

This July, I traveled for two weeks as a volunteer with the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation in Marial Bai, Southern Sudan with two friends: Sarah, a freelance journalist with the UK Guardian, and Danielle, a Seattle-based domestic violence counselor.

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