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    08.02.2017 Peace discussions between the Colombian Government and ELN PRESS RELEASE FROM OIDHACO: Peace discussions between the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
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    20.01.2017 Women's representation brings positive changes Women’s participation: Lessons Learnt from the report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation mechanisms in Sri Lanka
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    21.10.2016 Minority women need to raise their voice to the UN special Rapporteur UN special Rapporteur on Minority issues Ms. Rita Izsak is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10th to 20th of October 2016, at the invitation of the Government. During her visit she meets Gover...
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    17.08.2016 FOKUS Sri Lanka urging CEDAW committee to hold government accountable On July 25th, FOKUS Country Director in Sri Lanka Shyamala Gomez urged the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to include issues faced by female heads of households...
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    18.05.2016 National day and day against Homophobia The 17th of May is not just the Norwegian national day. It is also the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
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    11.02.2016 Organizations fear that human rights will be forgotten in Colombia FOKUS and 27 organizations ask peace negotiators in Colombia not to forget the plight of human rights when the peace treaty is signed.
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    21.12.2015 Celebration of Resolution 1325 in Sri Lanka FOKUS Sri Lanka celebrated recently the 15th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and Security. Artists presented peace building through visual art and theatre performances.
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    25.09.2015 Shades of hate threat women in Palestine Hate speeches is a direct invitation to commit crimes against a certain group of people. The history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict has a lot of this kind of speeches.
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    10.09.2015 Still taboo with female heads of households in Sri Lanka Since the end of war the number of Female-Headed Households in Sri Lanka have risen, but their access to Economic, Social and Cultural rights are yet to be meaningfully addressed.
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    09.07.2015 Why Do Palestinian Women Distrust the International Community? Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1947, Palestinian women have been subjected to human rights violations. Palestinian women feel that the international community has done little to h...
  • 444.jpg Launch of FOKUS-study in Sri Lanka
    03.07.2015 Launch of Study on Post War Trends in Sri Lanka FOKUS in Sri Lanka has launched the study "Post war trends: child marriage in Sri Lanka".
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    21.05.2015 Women farmers in Uganda bear the brunt of climate change effects As the effects of climate change continue to manifest, Agrarian dependent countries like Uganda suffer. Women farmers, who, constitute about 80% of the agricultural labor force, are additionally vu...
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    09.06.2015 Inputs to the peace dialogue in Colombia International cooperation for peace must recognize civil society as a central actor in peace building and the prevention of new conflict scenarios.
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    15.05.2015 Is owning land less important for women? The war-affected women in Sri Lanka face numerous problems in their day-to-day lives. Among them is being deprived of land rights.
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    02.12.2014 Development for all? In June 2014, a report on gender equality and REDD+ was published by FOKUS. “Are we not seeing the women for all the trees?” is now available in English.
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    28.10.2014 Trial for sexual slavery opens in Guatemala Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled to open trial against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against women during the armed conflict.
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    06.10.2014 Human Rights Committee to review Sri Lanka On the 7th and 8th of October Sri Lanka will appear before the Human Rights Committee in Geneva for a review of their compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR...
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    11.06.2014 Women in Times of Transition: 1325 In Sri Lanka This briefing paper summarizes the Baseline Study carried out by FOKUS, which highlights the extent of participation of women in peace and security initiatives, both state and non state and the cha...
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    05.02.2014 Eradicating Violence against Women and the Role of the National Civil Police The book “Eradicating Violence against Women and the Role of the National Civil Police” is the product of a study initiated and financed by FOKUS and carried out by Luz Méndez Gutiérrez.
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    15.01.2014 UN Women: Press Release Conference of Syrian women, convened by UN Women and Netherlands, ends with strong recommendations for upcoming peace talks
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    06.12.2013 Nelson Mandela - champion of women's rights “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression” (Nelson Mandela). All over the world, people are grieving the loss of a great leader. Here’s Gender Link...
  • cpazypaz.jpg Claudia Paz y Paz
    21.11.2013 The Woman Who Reduced Impunity in Guatemala Guatemala’s first female attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz, has managed to reduce impunity in a country where most violent crimes, especially violence against women, go unsolved. Paz y Paz is the...
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    28.10.2013 Post-2015: Summary Report The Future We Want For All-Norway Consultations On Post-2015 Development
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    05.07.2013 Don’t kill the messenger During Mohamed Morsi's rule, press freedom in Egypt deteriorated. In an interview conducted just one month before Morsi was removed, egyptian journalist and vice president of the Egyptian Press Syn...
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    24.05.2013 Despite Annulment, Genocide Trial a Breakthrough for Justice and Truth The sentence of 80 years in prison against former de facto president Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during Guatemala’s armed conflict, emitted on May 10, 2013,...
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    14.05.2013 Spouses with a mission At the beginning no one was aware that they were husband and wife.
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    07.05.2013 Protection of Civilians: The Politics of Counting Rape in Darfur During my fieldwork in Khartoum in February/March this year a paradoxical development was brought to my attention. The records of UNAMID, The African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur, indicate t...
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    12.04.2013 70,000 cases of domestic violence in Colombia In 2011, there were more than 70,000 reported cases of domestic violence against women and about 19 000 cases of sexual violence in Colombia. This is an increase of 11 percent compared to 2010.
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    08.03.2013 Impunity as the norm Halfway into the first week of this year's CSW, I notice two recurring themes. One is the importance of engaging men and boys in the eradication of violence against women, and the other the need to...
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    06.03.2013 CSW: Norway's statement at the General Debate This statement was held by Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Inga Marte Thorkildsen, during the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
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    18.02.2013 Violence against women in Sri Lanka Dilanthi got into the bus and looked around fearfully, wondering where to sit. She notices two empty seats at the back and goes towards it. She sits down hoping no one will sit next to her. An elde...
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    14.02.2013 Rising Across the Globe It is Valentine's Day, the day we strike, dance, and rise against violence against women. Check out why and how people from all over the world are rising
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    13.02.2013 Women in Times of Transition: 1325 in Sri Lanka Four years following three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka is still reeling from both the overt and covert effects of war. Read the article from Ceylon Today on FOKUS' report on women, peace and se...
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    21.01.2013 No More Killing of Women! - Political will, courage and resources are key to putting an end to violence against women and feminicide/femicide, says declaration from European-Latin American-Caribbean Forum of Civil Society O...
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    18.01.2013 Till death do us apart Suicides amongst married women in India due to dowry and domestic abuse are rising at an alarming rate.
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    20.12.2012 New issue of Women United out now! Truths, causes and consequences of violence against women are investigated and revealed in this year's last issue of Women United
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    19.12.2012 Calls for inclusion of women in post-conflict processes in Sri Lanka Current efforts to include women in rebuilding Sri Lanka following the civil war are fragmented, according to Salma Yusuf. Referring to an assessment conducted by FOKUS in Sri Lanka, Yusuf claims t...
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    13.11.2012 Human Rights Violations in Colombia Colombia will undergo the Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2013. Here is the report on the Human Rights situation in Colombia 2008-2013, by international platforms and organ...
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    13.11.2012 Swaziland: Urgent action needed to boost women in decision-making While the constitution aims for 30 percent women in decision-making, the Swaziland local government elections on 3 November resulted in a drop in women’s representation from 18,8 percent in 2008 to...
  • Iffat Fatima.jpg Iffat Fatima. Photo: Ingvill Aalborg
    23.11.2012 The Filmmaker from Kashmir In the Indian part of Kashmir, Iffat Fatima risks her life in order to tell the story about men who have disappeared. For six years Fatima has worked on the film “On a Trail of Vanished Blood”, whi...
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    02.11.2012 Swaziland Local Government Elections: Will Women’s Participation Increase? Reaching the goal of 50 percent women’s representation is unlikely as people of Swaziland take to the voting booths for local government elections on Saturday 3 November
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    01.11.2012 Quotas: African Women Navigating a Man’s World The introduction of gender quotas in the public sphere of Africa roughly two decades ago signified an evolutionary transformation in granting African women access to decision-making positions. The ...
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    29.10.2012 ‘I don’t want to die without seeing justice’: Sexual Slavery During Guatemala’s Armed Conflict Fifteen brave Guatemalan women from the indigenous q’eqchí people testified before the High Risk Court in Guatemala City on Sept. 24-28, as part of the first criminal trial for sexual slavery and r...
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    25.10.2012 Norwegian politicians officially unite to end violence against women As first in the world, Norwegian politicians dress in orange to support UN campaign to save women from violence
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    19.10.2012 Why are women so adversely affected by poverty compared to men? Today, 2, 7 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day, and 70 percent of these are women. This situation is commonly referred to as the feminization of poverty. Why are women so adversely af...
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    12.09.2012 The Revictimization of Victims of State Crimes- The Aggressions Continue Colombia: New report from the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE)
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    20.08.2012 FOKUS launches new policy on disability FOKUS is committed to protecting the rights and interests of all the world’s women. By extension, FOKUS is committed to the inclusion of people who have physical and intellectual disabilities and t...
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    15.08.2012 I WAS HERE - World Humanitarian Day World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 200...
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    22.06.2012 Fundamentalisms and patriarchy hard at work! Women’s sexual and reproductive rights under attack:
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    07.06.2012 Colombia the Current Panorama:Victims and Land Restitution Law 1448 This document outlines how the Victims and Land Restitution Law (Ley de Victimas y de Restitución de Tierra, Law 1448, June 2011) has been a positive step forward in recognising the existence of an...
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    27.02.2012 Michelle Bachelet: Walk the talk -Walk the talk – we have to talk as we go up the road to a world where women have the same rights as men, says Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the new UN women’...
  • GroPåKontoret.jpg Gro Lindstad
    16.02.2012 FOKUS challenges the Amir of Qatar “You have a unique opportunity to challenge the UN and national delegations to include women and to include the gender perspective to climate change. How will you and the Kingdom of Qatar, as the o...
  • karman endelig.jpg Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman Photo: Mette Moberg
    16.12.2011 "We need to empower the women who have marched the streets" Together with experts and activists from across the world, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman was invited by FOKUS, Forum for Women and Development, to talk about the future for women’s pol...
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    01.11.2011 FOKUS' partner wins prestigious award The Harvard Kennedy School has awarded this year's Gleitsman International Activist Award to Teresa Ulloa Ziárriz, a human rights activist and the regional director of the Coalition Against Traffic...
  • NobelPeaceWomen.jpg Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf og Tawakkol Karman. Foto: Scanpix
    07.10.2011 Women’s Peace Prize 2011 - We are extremely pleased that the award recognizes women’s important contributions to peace-building. At the same time, it highlights the importance of clarifying, implementing and strengthening ...
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    26.09.2011 Wangari Maathai Passes Away It is with great sadness that FOKUS received the news that the Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai died at the age of 71.
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    20.12.2012 New issue of Women United out now! Truths, causes and consequences of violence against women are investigated and revealed in this year's last issue of Women United
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    19.12.2012 Calls for inclusion of women in post-conflict processes in Sri Lanka Current efforts to include women in rebuilding Sri Lanka following the civil war are fragmented, according to Salma Yusuf. Referring to an assessment conducted by FOKUS in Sri Lanka, Yusuf claims t...
  • colombiareport.jpg Photo: Conchita Guerra
    13.11.2012 Human Rights Violations in Colombia Colombia will undergo the Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2013. Here is the report on the Human Rights situation in Colombia 2008-2013, by international platforms and organ...
  • genderlinksbilde1.jpg Photo: Gender Links
    13.11.2012 Swaziland: Urgent action needed to boost women in decision-making While the constitution aims for 30 percent women in decision-making, the Swaziland local government elections on 3 November resulted in a drop in women’s representation from 18,8 percent in 2008 to...
  • Iffat Fatima.jpg Iffat Fatima. Photo: Ingvill Aalborg
    23.11.2012 The Filmmaker from Kashmir In the Indian part of Kashmir, Iffat Fatima risks her life in order to tell the story about men who have disappeared. For six years Fatima has worked on the film “On a Trail of Vanished Blood”, whi...
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    02.11.2012 Swaziland Local Government Elections: Will Women’s Participation Increase? Reaching the goal of 50 percent women’s representation is unlikely as people of Swaziland take to the voting booths for local government elections on Saturday 3 November
  • diop.jpg Photo: World Bank
    01.11.2012 Quotas: African Women Navigating a Man’s World The introduction of gender quotas in the public sphere of Africa roughly two decades ago signified an evolutionary transformation in granting African women access to decision-making positions. The ...
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    29.10.2012 ‘I don’t want to die without seeing justice’: Sexual Slavery During Guatemala’s Armed Conflict Fifteen brave Guatemalan women from the indigenous q’eqchí people testified before the High Risk Court in Guatemala City on Sept. 24-28, as part of the first criminal trial for sexual slavery and r...
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    25.10.2012 Norwegian politicians officially unite to end violence against women As first in the world, Norwegian politicians dress in orange to support UN campaign to save women from violence
  • Cuzco.jpg Photo: Krystelle Denis (Flickr)
    19.10.2012 Why are women so adversely affected by poverty compared to men? Today, 2, 7 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day, and 70 percent of these are women. This situation is commonly referred to as the feminization of poverty. Why are women so adversely af...
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    12.09.2012 The Revictimization of Victims of State Crimes- The Aggressions Continue Colombia: New report from the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE)
  • disabilityaw.jpg Foto: Cluster Munition Coalition
    20.08.2012 FOKUS launches new policy on disability FOKUS is committed to protecting the rights and interests of all the world’s women. By extension, FOKUS is committed to the inclusion of people who have physical and intellectual disabilities and t...
  • iwwh.jpg Ban-Ki Moon and Beyoncé - I Was Here
    15.08.2012 I WAS HERE - World Humanitarian Day World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 200...
  • thinkstock.jpg Photo: Thinkstock
    22.06.2012 Fundamentalisms and patriarchy hard at work! Women’s sexual and reproductive rights under attack:
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    07.06.2012 Colombia the Current Panorama:Victims and Land Restitution Law 1448 This document outlines how the Victims and Land Restitution Law (Ley de Victimas y de Restitución de Tierra, Law 1448, June 2011) has been a positive step forward in recognising the existence of an...
  • Bachelet_ingress.jpg Foto: Mette Moberg
    27.02.2012 Michelle Bachelet: Walk the talk -Walk the talk – we have to talk as we go up the road to a world where women have the same rights as men, says Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the new UN women’...
  • GroPåKontoret.jpg Gro Lindstad
    16.02.2012 FOKUS challenges the Amir of Qatar “You have a unique opportunity to challenge the UN and national delegations to include women and to include the gender perspective to climate change. How will you and the Kingdom of Qatar, as the o...