Changing Perceptions – Female Circumcision in Kenya

The East African nation of Kenya, like many other African countries, has a long history of performing female circumcision—also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)—on girls as young as nine years old. Recent years, however, have seen efforts to eradicate female circumcision as a cultural practice not just in Kenya, but throughout the world. Despite these efforts, each year approximately three million girls face the prospect of female circumcision—the practice remains difficult to remove from local communities due to the traditional significance it has to people’s lives.

Women left behind after revolution

When Egyptians went to Tahrir Square in late January 2011 it was not only a people’s revolution against the Mubarak regime, but also a women’s revolution. Both Muslim conservative and liberal women stood alongside men as the uprising eventually led to the deposing of Mubarak. Many hoped that women’s rights would improve as a consequence of the revolution. One year has passed since Mubarak stepped of the throne, and not much has changed for Egypt’s women.

“People are not after money anymore, they are after solutions”

Sahar El-Nadi. Photo: Leif Jansson

INTERVIEW WITH SAHAR EL-NADI 

Sahar El-Nadi, an internationally known Egyptian journalist with an impressive CV, is rushing into the lobby of Hotel Concordia. She smiles and is in a good mood, even though her schedule is hectic. She complains about the cold weather but emphasises how beautiful Lund is. This is her first time in Scandinavia and yesterday she was in Malmö. 

 

The Faces of Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko. Photo: Minirobot. flickrYulia Tymoshenko was the Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010. In October 2011, she was sentenced to seven years prison by a Ukrainian court. Everybody important in international politics has formed an opinion on the case – and on the character of the ex-PM herself. These opinions, just like the images transmitted by different news sources can sometimes differ greatly from each other. Here are some examples of “the faces of Tymoshenko”.

Femen: ‘Come, Get Topless And Win’

THE FEMEN MOVEMENT PROTESTS. PHOTO: FEMEN WOMEN’S MOVEMENT. WIKIMEDIA

How does one imagine a feminist movement? Traditionally feminist movements have been about campaigning for reproductive rights, equal pay, women’s suffrage, protesting to increase awareness of sexual harassment, domestic violence and many other issues affecting women’s lives. Yet, in Ukraine this has taken on a new form – topless protest.

Hina Jilani – Women’s Rights in Pakistan

HINA JILANI AT THE SECOND SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, GENEVA IN 2006. PHOTO: UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION SERVICE. FLICKR

Last week Hina Jilani was invited by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Lund University to give a lecture in the memory of the late Swedish Foreign Minister – Anna Lindh. Ms. Jilani has been fighting for the human rights for over 30 years, not only in her home country, Pakistan but around the world. She has served as the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008. Her work has been recognized with many international human rights awards. In our interview we paid special attention to the situation of the women rights in Ms. Jilani’s homeland.