Women’s rights

29 May 2017

ASF in Chad: a glance at the past and toward the future

Begin May, the European Union officially renewed its support for Avocats Sans Frontières’ work in Chad, allowing the organisation to continue its efforts to protect human rights in the country. This provides an opportunity to look back over some results achieved to date and look toward the challenges to come.

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13 March 2017

ASF Congo 15 ans anniversaire

ASF in DR Congo: 15 years of commitment

ASF has come a long way since it started up its activities in Congo 15 years ago. Its aim, from the very beginning, has been to ensure that people become more aware of their rights and can enforce them. We opened our first office in Kinshasa on 12 March 2002. Since then, we’ve developed a wide range of projects. Our network has grown nationwide, thanks to all those we have met who supported us, offering their advice and expertise, working with us in circumstances that were not always easy.

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8 March 2017

Women’s rights in Zambia: involving all levels of society

On this 8 March, International Women’s Day, ASF is focusing on the project it has been running in Zambia for the past year in partnership with the organisation Young Women’s Christian Association. The aim of making women the authors of their own emancipation is central to the activities of both organisations. The first results are very positive.

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7 March 2016

Zambia: Working to make women’s rights a reality

On International Women’s Day, ASF presents its new project for Zambia. In this country, like many others, women are particularly vulnerable. In partnership with the Zambian Young Women’s Christian Association, ASF aims to help women to claim and exercise their rights, and promote gender equality.

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29 April 2015

“The man who mends women”

On Thursday April 30th, a ‘Justice and impunity’ evening will take place in Brussels. The public will have the opportunity to watch the film ‘L’homme qui répare les femmes’ (‘the man who mends women’). This documentary by filmmaker Thierry Michel recounts the incessant fight of Doctor Mukwege against sexual violence which affects thousands of women in the East of DR Congo. Jean-Philippe Kot, ASF expert in international justice tells us more about theses serious violations of human rights.

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23 April 2014

Nepalese women’s quest to claim rights

In Nepal, when a man abandons his wife and family it is common for the woman to be left in the lurch as destitutes. Women are systematically denied their rights under the law especially property rights, inheritance and alimony. ASF in partnership with local bar associations, plays a crucial role in not only empowering women’s awareness of the law to claim their rights but also accompanying them through the legal processes.

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8 March 2013

Les femmes peuvent obtenir justice avec l’aide d’avocats et ASF

Access to justice reinforces women’s rights

Brussels/Geneva – On International Women’s Day, Avocats Sans Frontières calls for more efforts in bringing gender-sensitive laws into force. Effective access to justice will help women in fragile and post-conflict contexts claim their human rights thus improving their living conditions.

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20 February 2013

Accused of witchcraft, Laxima Dangoriya

Nepal: Woman accused of witchcraft was able to access justice

Rupandehi, Western Nepal – In a small rural community, a 28 years old woman accused of witchcraft was beaten by villagers. Supported by ASF’s partner – the Forum for Protection of People’s Rights (PPR) – and legal aid lawyers, she filed an official complaint with the police and brought her case to the local court. Accusations of witchcraft are recurrent in remote villages in Nepal.

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27 April 2012

Woman and child in Uganda - G Van Moortel

Connecting women to their futures

Kampala, Uganda, 27 April 2012 – Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) calls for a sustained endeavor in Uganda to facilitate access to justice for women, many of whom are in vulnerable situations.

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