Before joining Women for Women International, Rifkatu worked tirelessly to make a living through farming and trading in order to provide for her family.
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Every day, Afghan people are confronted by war, government instability, and terrorism which have pervaded this nation for decades. These volatile factors have impacted women directly.
This New Year continues to bring political unrest and devastation to millions of people around the world, including those countries within which we work such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
"We hope that we can return to where we lived before,” says Kabira, “Without war, without fear, without persecution. We want to rebuild our lives and our country.”
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Almost a year on from their adoption, time is already running out to ensure that the goals can deliver on the promise of women’s rights for all women across the globe.
“Inclusivity changes the dynamic in the long term. Immediately after the [Libyan] revolution, a lot of women were excluded from the conversation.
“Men must stand shoulder to shoulder with women. Men have a responsibility to speak out in their own communities for the women they love,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege.
"I thought only men have rights to everything. I never believed that I have rights."
With the implementation of the new Global goals, it is important that the rights-based approach of the Beijing Platform for Action is not forgotten.