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In court with the first women lawyers of Somalia

Koos was just granted her divorce. She filed for divorce after her husband deserted her, just a few months after their wedding. She gave birth to their son but never heard from her husband again. She asked Ismahan Hassan Ahmed, one of the ten women lawyers in Somaliland, to advise her and represent more

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Income brings hope to Somali families facing famine

With her two children losing weight fast and family income drying up, 26-year-old Haredo Ali, from Somalia’s southern Bakool region, was stuck at the centre of the country’s worst drought in 60 years. Her husband lost his honey-harvesting business when his bees abandoned their hive in search of nect more

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Active participation: It’s your right!

We have been asked frequently what inspires social change in Egypt after the 25th of Jan Revolution. What has impact on policy making? What really motivates us to do social good?   Our answer was always: active participation!   Dina Atef and Christin Nabil, two activitists from the Kasr El more

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Inter-communal dialogue helps build a durable peace in North Lebanon

In May 2007, whilst most of Lebanon was still struggling to recover from the destruction caused by the July 2006 conflict with Israel, the infiltration of armed insurgents of Fatah al-Islam into Nahr El-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp located between Akkar and Tripoli in North Lebanon, culminated more

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Iraq: Syrian women and girls struggle to survive in camps

When 20-year-old Zainab fled the ongoing fighting in Syria, she hoped to find safety in the Arbat refugee camp in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. Though she may have escaped violence in her home country, she was unable to escape it at home. When her father forced her to marry an abusive husband, she fled once a more

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Iraqi judicial reform targets gender-based violence

The Iraqi government, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a series of programmes to improve security and justice, and to tackle gender-based violence in the country. Women in Iraq have not had equal access to justice or protection by law enforcement agenci more

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Jordan: Ramadan Volunteer Mission in Amman

Volunteering during the holy month of Ramadan?  “No problem”, according to 23 year old Haydar Ammar. In the Muslim religion, this is the month of fasting and appreciating what you have, of worship and contemplation. However time doesn’t stand still, and most people must go on with their jobs a more

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Judicial security reforms take aim at gender-based violence

  10 February 2011   Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancing a series of gender-related rule-of-law programmes to enhance protections for women in particular, with the support of the United Nations Development Programm more

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Landmine risk awareness and victims assistance programme helps victims regain control over their lives in Egypt

Mines and explosive remnants of war contaminate a huge portion of Egypt’s Western Desert, affecting an area of about 2,680 square kilometres stretching from Alexandria to the Libyan border and 30 kilometres deep from the Mediterranean coastline.   Only a small portion of mined areas are mapped more

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Legal aid clinics in Gaza help people get protection of the law

Asma*  lived in Jabalia Camp in the Gaza Strip where she attempted to raise a family whilst trapped within a violent marriage. Aggression and attacks were part of her daily life; bruises and physical scars a recurring reminder of her predicament. Her husband often prevented Asma from seeing her more