On 24th June, the director of Salmmah Women’s Resource Center, Ms. Fahima Hashim was presented with a decree from the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, ordering the cancellation of her NGO. A five-person committee came in to oversee the Company’s dissolution process. No reason was given for this decision, and the dissolution committee kept their identity undisclosed and prevented any visitors from staying in the premises.
“Regarding the SKB, we are continuously in contact with the Ministry of Religious Affairs. We will review this later. The permission to establish a praying site that [previously] needed 90 people must be have its reduced, if possible be omitted entirely,” said the Minister of Interior.
These two SKBs (of the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Attorney General) concern the regulation of praying sites, and are considered discriminative. In addition, they have also asked Minister of Interior to revise the Qanun in Aceh as it discriminates against women.
Risma Umar from Institute for Women Empowerment (IWE) has stated that women leaders who attended the meeting are those who, for [the last] four years, have been involved with the Women's Empowerment for Leadership Development and Democratization (WELDD) program which the Institute for Women Empowerment (IWE) is a partner under.
Amidst sectarianism, conflict, and fundamentalist violence, the staff of Warvin Foundation for Women’s Issues (WFWI) have continued undeterred with their project to support victims of domestic violence. They have gone, meticulously, successfully, setting up a project that monitors and evaluates the current set-up of women’s shelter, and lobbies the government and stakeholders to bring about an improvement.
The WELDD workshops saw quite the impact in Pakistan. Women who had participated in the programme saw their feminist capacity strengthened to new heights, bringing resounding change in the society around them in various parts of northern Pakistan. From local protests to personal advocacy to conflict resolution, these women were able to stand up and make their voices heard.
Mbacké Sokhna is fierce. Municipal Councillor in Senegal, she has grown up "disrespecting" her expectations by participating in politics and undertaking the requisite activities.
The Afghan Presidential Palace has awarded Liah Jawad the Medal of Malalai for her courageous fight for women's rights. She is the Director of Foundation of Solidarity for Justice (FOSJ), which ran a project with WELDD on wending child marriage.
Today is part-two of the last post, which explained IWE's collaboration with Solidaritas Perempuan Aceh (Aceh Women Solidarity) and RAHIMA in order to introduce the concept of pluralism to the people of West Java and Aceh.