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Kenya’s creative sector has often been referred to as a sleeping giant. While the country’s economy is the biggest in Eastern Africa, its growing fashion and creative industry continues to face serious challenges in regional and global expansion.

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Today, women in Lebanon are fighting for equal access to opportunities and rights without prejudice against their gender, their expectations and their careers. This fight requires attention for and analysis of the deep-rooted patriarchal structures that by their very nature exclude women. When...

We are proud to present our 2016 global Annual Report. It describes what we achieved with our partners in 2016 through programmes and projects that aim to make our societies greener and more open.

Citizen agency...

source: Hivos SEA

The second IDEAJAM was held on 18 April 2017 with the theme of gender sensitivity in social enterprises and organizations. The Business Model Canvas Workshop: Women-in-Power Edition focused on building gender-sensitive social enterprises and applying a business model to...

Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), with support from Hivos Southern Africa, is conducting a monthly content analysis to monitor the media’s coverage of women in Zambia.

The initiative is part of the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) project, in which PSAf is a partner,...

Even though progress has been made in increasing the participation of women in politics in Zimbabwe, women's participation in government at all levels, from the local to the national, remains extremely low.

Increasing women's representation in the government will not only empower women,...

On March 8, while the world celebrated women’s historical fight for equality and equity on International Women's Day, almost 60 Guatemalan girls were locked up and burned alive inside the “Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción” shelter, located in San José Pinula, Guatemala. At present, 40 have...

Malawi has put a final legal nail on the coffin of child marriages by making a historic amendment to the Constitution to fully outlaw child marriage.

The legal development followed more than fifteen years of undaunted advocacy that eventually resulted in Malawi's President, Peter...

The vast majority of women work in informal sectors, and we are seeing an increasing feminisation of labour migration, both of which raise opportunities as well as challenges for women’s economic empowerment. With this year's theme, Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work...

On International Women's Day 2017, Hivos celebrates the achievements of our programmes and partners in driving change for women and helping accelerate gender parity across the world. Together we are creating a...

Hivos Southern Africa Hub launched the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) programme in Lilongwe, Malawi on February 14 with what turned out to be a very passionate panel discussion on “Collaborating for Increased and Effective Participation by Women in Politics and Public Administration.”...

Hivos’ Women @ Work Campaign has extended its activities to Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. On 2 March, together with other civil society organisations from both Southern and Eastern Africa, Hivos launched the campaign, which aims to improve the labour rights of women working in horticulture value...

Supported by Hivos East Africa in partnership with Twaweza Communications, the umbrella Creative Economy Working Group (CEWG) convened a 2 day peer-to-peer learning forum in December 2016 on the state of the creative industry in Nairobi. Drawing more than 50 creative industry practitioners and...

The issue of women's representation in Zimbabwe's eighth Parliament came under the spotlight at the Alpha Media Holdings conversation titled: "Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Progress in Zimbabwe: New Constitution and the Women’s Quota," held  December in Harare.

The discussion...

Behar Ali is a woman with a mission. As a young woman, she lived through the infamous poison gas attack on Halabja in the late eighties in Iraq. When Saddam Hussein started another campaign of violence against the Kurds in the mid-nineties, Behar fled to the Netherlands where she specialised in...

A new policy brief released today by Hivos East Africa and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) reveals that the rise of internet and mobile technologies has created yet another arena for continued violence against women in Kenya. The policy paper urges government and the ICT sector to work...

Hivos believes that all women and girls should have control over their lives and be able to actively participate in social, political and economic spheres, so we work tirelessly with various human rights instruments in support of communities’ and countries’ efforts towards gender equality. ...

The Bridges project (formerly known as Shelter Me) is a unique initiative in the Gulf region, in which Migrant-Rights.org and Hivos collaborate to improve the employment relationship between employers and their domestic workers. Part...

Creative photography usually has some mystery surrounding it. From the infusion of creative composition to media techniques, it does create an illusion of some sorts.

The mastery of this new form of art is what inspired Hivos East Africa to join the global 16 days of activism campaign...

On 26 November 2015, Hivos and Fairfood gathered Dutch stakeholders from the agro-food sector to develop and experiment with innovative solutions for living wages in their supply chains.

The wages...

November 25, 2016 marks the beginning of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, an international campaign which commences on the...

In partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Women on the Frontline programme is honoured to have organised the ‘Women on the Frontline: THEIR STORIES' film screening, the second in a series of screenings around the world. Three films depicting the experiences...

Every day, over 200,000 women become pregnant unintentionally in the world. The vast majority of them belong to low-income and marginalised groups in countries where ending pregnancy is illegal.

In Tanzania, reports indicate that about 18 percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe...

Photo: Gabriela Melgar

Hivos and its partners will be out in force at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa from 18 to 22 July. The theme of the conference is Access Equity Rights Now”. It will bring together more than 20,000 experts, policy-makers and activists from all...

On June 16, International Domestic Worker's Day, Hivos is focussing attention on the range of abuses domestic workers from Southeast Asia face in the Gulf Region every day: non-payment of salaries, forced confinement, food deprivation, excessive...

“Climate finance should serve both development and climate goals”

Worldwide, more than a billion people lack access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, which negatively affects their health, education, livelihoods and employment. At the same time, the use of fossil fuels is...

Where would you go if you wanted to link up with people working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Southern Africa?

For many years, Hivos has been working on SRHR issues, with a strong focus on people’s rights to (bodily) self-determination, freedom of choice and...

Zahra' Langhi, Abdelfattah Elsharkawy, Nawal Yazeji, Tanja Gilly

“We need you not only to help us understand the reality in a different way, but we also need you because peace can only come if it is inclusive peace, and peace without the voice of women, without women being around the table, will not hold. Thank you very much for your activism. Let me say...

Hivos’ Women on the Frontline programme is organising a conference on April 1, 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Five years ago, women emerged as key players in the Arab uprisings, taking on a central role in the protests that swept the region. Now, the hope that the uprisings would...

Women biogas plant owners in Kericho

On March 8 (International Women’s Day), Hivos visited the Growing Women in Coffee project in Kericho, Kenya. At their nearby coffee plantations, the women coffee growers explained how much they benefit from the biogas plants installed by the Kenyan department of the Africa Biogas Partnership...

Berta Cáceres

On this International Women's Day, a day meant to pay tribute to and support women and their achievements everywhere, we unfortunately are also mourning the tragic murder of a world-renowned environmental and human rights defender Berta Cáceres, killed in her home by unknown assailants shortly...

Today marks International Women’s Day, an excellent opportunity to celebrate the work of our partner civil society organisations that promote women’s rights.

Around the world, men and women are openly challenging situations that impede women’s equal position in society. Hivos’...

Hivos Southern Africa today joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, whose 2016 theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, by drawing attention to our Sexual Reproductive Health Rights programme in Southern Africa that aims to raise the profile...

Irene stands next to her tractor

‘’Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs. Research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic growth and invest more into their families and communities,’’ said US President Barack Obama during his address at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi. 

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Survivors in Timor Leste

International Women’s Day is an excellent moment for Hivos Southeast Asia, together with our partners Fokupers and Acbit, to remind people about the long struggle women in Timor Leste have endured to arrive at what is a much better situation today. By celebrating this achievement on March 8 with...

Solar SIster montage

As of March 1, 2016, Hivos became the legal host of our longstanding partner ENERGIA (International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy).

With the integration of ENERGIA, Hivos welcomes a network of member organisations in 22...

Hivos East Africa, in collaboration with the Twin &Twin Trading Ltd, have unveiled a new partnership to promote a sustainable coffee sector in Tanzania through inclusion of women and youth.

Funded by Comic Relief, the gender and generational...

On this International Human Rights Day, we take the opportunity to remember the brave Libyan activist Salwa Bugaighis, who believed deeply in human rights, women´s rights and equality for all, and who paid the ultimate price for her convictions. Salwa was one of the founders of the...

IRA-Mauritania (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement Mauritania), an organisation dedicated to abolish slavery in Mauritania, will receive the Human Rights Tulip Award on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2015. The prize of 100,000 euros, awarded by the Dutch...

‘Prevention’ is the 2015 theme of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Many of the...

Despite years of efforts to prevent and end Violence Against Women (VAW), it continues to be a problem of monumental magnitude globally. As world peace continues to be threatened by the struggle for power and resources, we continue to see emerging forms of violence against women. Take for...

Today marks the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, an opportunity for civil society organisations and political activists to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls...

Violence against women is not inevitable. It can be prevented. ‘Prevention’ is the theme of the 2015 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The campaign “16 days call for...

Indonesia has lost one of its most cherished feminist figures. On November 17, 2015, our dear friend Darmayanti Muchtar, more widely known as Yanti Muchtar, passed away at the age of 53 in Gading Pluit Hospital, Jakarta.

She is an activist who for years not only fought for the...

With the support of HIVOS, the Arab Institute for Human Rights and ABAAD MENA Organization launched today a 3-day regional seminar on “Child Marriage during Democratic Transition and Armed Conflicts”, also in collaboration with the Democratic Forum for Women in Transitional Societies - Amina...

After nearly three years of open global consultations, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) were adopted by UN member states at a special summit convened at the UN headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September during the annual meeting of the annual United Nations General...

Women’s groups from seven countries agree to work together and share expertise.

Images of refugees desperate to reach Europe come to us daily on our TV screens, newspaper pages and Twitter and Facebook feeds. We see images of desperation and tragic death when the journey...

As the ongoing violence and destruction leaves its traces throughout the country, many Syrian citizens continue to strive for peace, safety and justice. One of the many impressive initiatives undertaken by the Syrian people comes from Zabadani, a strategically located city near the Lebanese...

Dodging high heels, tight dresses and Prince Charming’s kiss are some of the objectives of the game "Girls vs. Princesses", an initiative of PICA, who has launched this project with the support of Hivos.

The game, which can be...

A walkway through the Harare Gardens in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, was recently converted into a temporary photo gallery that attracted ordinary people going about their daily business. The posters on display depicted various human rights issues that touch on the lives of many Zimbabweans....

Hivos, together with human rights activists from across North Africa, the Arab region and the world, attended events in Cairo and the Netherlands on 25 June to remember the life of Salwa Bugaighis, on the anniversary of her murder in Benghazi.

Salwa Bugaighis was a human rights lawyer who...

Nominations for the Human Rights Tulip 2015 are now open.

The Human Rights Tulip is an award given by the Dutch government. Every year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways. Hivos...

To promote women’s use and development of renewable energy technologies, Hivos and the Global Gender Bureau of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have launched the "Ingeniosas" (Ingenious Women) contest.

This initiative seeks to recognize and expand the role of...

In April 2013, Hivos announced a new strategic direction for after 2015 that would involve thoroughly re-examining Hivos’ strategy and equipping the organisation for a more uncertain environment.

Time for change

Over the past decades, Hivos and local civil society...

The city of Cochabamba, in Bolivia, will host the II Encuentro Latinoamericano de Mujeres (Latin American Women’s Meeting.), ‘ELLA 2015’. This event first took place in 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was attended by...

Changing the World One Story at a Time

Eight-year-old Maria Elena del Valle went on a red string strike. She was angry about having to do all the household chores while her older brother got away with leaving their home a mess every day. She proposed to divide in two every space...

Campaign efforts are beginning to bear fruit.

Child marriages are rampant in Malawi, fueled mainly by poverty, patriarchy and traditional-cultural attitudes and practices. However, campaign efforts against the practice are beginning to bear fruit with the country recently adopting a law to raise the marrying age.

The country's...

A strong appeal for women’s involvement in peace negotiations in Iraq and Syria was made to Dutch Foreign Minister Koenders by two Hivos partners from the region on February 17, 2015.

Suzan Aref from the Iraqi Women Empowerment Organization, together with a leading member of the Syrian...

On 5 February 2015, the jury announced the winners of the Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014.

During an inspiring evening in Amsterdam facilitated by Hivos, six finalists took central stage and shared their innovations with a live audience of 125 VIP guests and some 300 viewers through...

Update 5 February: the winner of the Hivos Social Innovation Award 2014 in in the prototype category is Lensational and the runner-up in the the scaling up category is Organic Sack Gardening. You can read about them below....

On 30 January 2015, Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Liliane Ploumen announced her strategic partners for advocacy and policy influencing during the period 2016-2020. Hivos is pleased to be involved in two of the 25 partnerships selected for the new ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ programme of...

As the civil war in Syria rages on, millions of Syrians have lost their loved ones, home, income and security. In addition to these enormous challenges, many Syrian girls also face the danger of underage marriage. Many Syrian parents, often in a dire financial situation, feel forced to marry off...

The 11th International Summer School on Pluralism, Development and Social Change

From 6 - 21 December 2014, young activists and academics from South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Kenya are meeting at the 11th International Summer School on...

Hivos in Central America has launched a follow-up to its earlier campaign “Tenía que ser Mujer” from March 2014. Called “Tenía que ser mujer… creadora” (It must have been a woman - creator), the new initiative aims to celebrate a brighter future for this and new generations of women by bringing...

Art and civic activism merge in "Desatando” (untying), the 2015 calendar produced by Hivos' regional office in South America. It is a collection of  illustrations created in a process that brought together five artists and nine representatives of Bolivian civil...

Hivos is proud to announce that the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders (IM-Defensoras) has received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies...

“Social innovation should be more than a new label”

Hivos has published a collection of stories about what social innovation looks like in practice. We asked our Knowledge Officer, Ute Seela,to tell us a little bit about the book (download from right sidebar) and what it offers...

The first gender inclusion toolkit for the coffee sector has been released today, a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Programme, Hivos and Agri-Pro-Focus, to address the inequalities that women and youth in the coffee supply chain experience in terms of access to training, land...

NGO in Tanzania

Fenia is a primary school teacher in Uvinza district in western Tanzania. She’s not only a teacher, but a community activist. Fenia has taught in her school for the last five years  and unfortunately, over that period she has seen at least five girls drop out of school annually thanks to...

In Tunis from 10-12 October 2014, the Hivos Women on the Frontline programme brought together female and male activists of all walks of life from seven countries of the MENA region to take stock of political participation of women in the region and strategize. They are all committed to respond...

Batik of Ugandan Women

 

“When I look at this room it brings me joy, happiness

and my heart beats fast when I look at it,

but then you came into that room.

You destroyed everything you...

Every year, the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs awards the Human Rights Tulip to a human rights defender who promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways.

The nomination round yielded almost 160 nominees from more than 50 countries. Out of these 160, 30 candidates went on to...

We invite you to get to know the work the Hivos regional office in South America has been doing within what we call the ‘Open Society’ track. Our new beautifully illustrated digital booklet,...

Hivos and Al-Amal are conducting training-the-trainer workshops on human rights and training skills in Erbil this week. The 22 trainees have braved all odds to attend.

Erbil is in the news these days because of the dramatic military and...

From 4 to 8  August, Khairani Barokka (Okka) will perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her show Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee.  Hivos is pleased to be her main sponsor.

Okka is a talented young Indonesian female artist and arts and disability researcher. As a fulltime,...

In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against Iraq, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organisations, including Hivos partner Al Amal, have signed a declaration to...

Women@Work campaign

Over 120,000 tonnes of fresh cut flowers are exported every year to the European Union from Kenya alone!  The value of the flower industry stands at 396 million euros annually, and it is estimated that close to 90,000 Kenyans are directly employed in the sector, with...

Hivos is excited about the launch of the report by Justice for Iran (JFI) and 6Rang on torture in the name of treatment in Iran. This pioneering report highlights the shocking results of Iran’s current policies on homosexuality and transsexuality. It states that Iran must stop imposing...

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is fighting fierce conservative opposition to allow abortion for women and girls who have been raped, who are carrying non-viable fetuses or facing life-threatening pregnancy complications. 

Hivos considers control over one’s sexual and reproductive...

Hivos expresses our utmost consternation and grief at the brutal assassination of Libyan human rights activist Salwa Saad Bugaighis. Salwa was shot and stabbed in her home in Benghazi on 25 June just after casting her vote in the Libyan general election in Libya. She had been receiving threats...

In the Middle East, women who want to play football are often met with either disapproval or prohibition, but not the girls in Halabja, Iraq. In this Kurdish town marked by Saddam Hussein's notorious 1988 poison gas attack and a long period of domination by conservative Islam, it is football...

“Medical abortion can safely and effectively be provided by midlevel healthcare personnel and administered by women themselves when they are provided with the accurate information.” These are the outcomes of the ...

For ten years, Hivos partner WADI has been campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan. Director Thomas von der Osten-Sacken finds that communities are slowly but surely turning away from this degrading tradition. 

Not an 'African problem'...

Earlier this year, Libyan activist and founder of the Libyan Women's Platform for Peace Ms Zahra' Langhi visited the Netherlands. The platform was established with support from Hivos after the fall of former ruler Moammar Qadhafi in 2011. Hivos sat down with Ms Langhi and spoke about the...

On April 30 2014, federal Parliamentary elections were held in Iraq. Now, 17 women are entering the Iraqi Parliament as first-time MPs after having received training and support from Al-Amal and Hivos through the Women Power in Politics (WPP) programme that started in October 2013.

One of...

More than 300 participants from 15 different countries are expected in Brazil to attend ELLA, the Latin American Women’s Meeting, that will take place in Belo Horizonte from the 15th to the 18th of May.

Artists, activists,...

Hivos and supermarket giant Albert Heijn are joining forces to create a socially and environmentally sustainable flower sector. Starting May 8, in the week before Mother’s Day, Albert Heijn will place a ‘sustainable flower’ sticker on the sleeves of all roses from Africa to let the...

Despite the fact that the elections in Iraq are overshadowed by deadly violence, George Nichola of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association remains hopeful about the future of his country. According to him, women are increasingly demanding their proper place in the political process. Earlier this year,...

Although women in Central America are still facing discrimination, difficulties in accessing education and healthcare, and the wage gap persists in the region, they have made some important achievements and advancements.  

To celebrate a brighter future for this and coming generations,...

A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could allow girls as young as nine to get married. It would also require wives to submit to sex with their husbands against their will (legalised rape) and make it easier for men to take multiple wives. The bill has provoked outrage from rights...

During the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March, government delegations convene for two weeks at the UN to discuss progress and outstanding challenges in achieving equal rights, opportunities and benefits for women and men across the world. This year the CSW is reviewing the...

On 9 March 2014, the safe abortion documentary “Vessel”, directed and produced by Diana Whitten, premiered at the international South by South West Music Conference and Film Festival (SXSW Film...

The celebration of International Women’s Day may have passed, but as the legislative election is only a month away, Indonesian women’s movements are using the March 8 momentum to increase political awareness among women politicians and the broader public. As many as 100 women’s organisations and...

Taking advantage of International Women’s Day on March 8, the JASS-inspired network, Forum Aktivis Perempuan Muda Indonesia (FAMM) or Indonesian Young...

On March 8, 1908, the first strike by women took place in New York. The strike was directed against the poor working conditions in the textile industry. It was the beginning of a recurrent public demand by women for emancipation and equality, and it has become symbolic for the worldwide...

To mark International Women’s Day, Hivos partner Justice for Iran (JFI) has published a major report on history and politics of enforced hijab under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Thirty-five Years of Forced Hijab: The...

Artist Nompilo Nkomo at the One Billion Rising exhibition.

On February 2014, as tens of thousands of women around the world took part in events to protest violence against women and girls under the One Billion Rising banner, Hivos Partner Pamberi Trust held a series of solidarity...

On 28 and 29 January 2014, the annual International Human Rights Funders Conference was held in San Francisco. The conference brings together major, global funders of Human Rights work, including Hivos, to stimulate discussion and the possibility for joint standpoints on pressing human rights...

One of the thirteen pictures that make up “The one I am”, the 2014 calendar produced by Hivos’ regional office in South America, was censored by Facebook in late January. The calendar presents...

By HIVOS and WADI
On the fourth official International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the practice is far from being eradicated. While the numbers of mutilated girls are decreasing in Africa after decades of concerted efforts, large regions where FGM is...

On 12 January 2014, the Iraqi Al-Amal Association and Hivos started a Train-the-Trainer workshop in Erbil for Iraqi women candidates running in the upcoming federal parliamentary elections in April. This training is being conducted within the framework of a new project on “Women’s Power in...

#supadada Ghetto radio presenters

Mary Kinyanjui presents a morning show called ‘Inspire’, and Lydia Njeri presents a gospel show and is also a sportscaster. They are part of the trio that will spend six days inside the Glass House during the Serious Request event in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.  Both are active...

Young women in Nairobi at the Serious Request event

A section of the Kenyan capital Nairobi will be awash with the colour pink as the 2013 Serious Request events take place.  Under the shadow of one of the city’s landmarks, the message of girls’ empowerment will be trumpeted through the airwaves of partner station Ghetto Radio, and through music...

“The one I am” is the name of the 2014 calendar produced by Hivos’ regional office in South America. It is a collection of 12 images of Bolivian women. Women, who, through the lens of photographer Wara Vargas, have transformed their corporeality to reclaim the female body as the subject of their...

Sixty five years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.To celebrate and mark the occasion, this last December 10, the Center for Supporters of Human Rights (CSHR)...

‘Chicas Poderosas’ trains women to use technology in newsrooms throughout Latin America.  The movement was initiated by Mariana Santos, a visual storyteller who worked as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. Currently she is...

The first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders was adopted by the United Nations in the same week as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, and the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 29 November.

This major achievement was...

The new report by Hivos partner AWID, ‘Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots’, provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organising and the financial status of women’s organisations around the world. The work of...

The Ecuadorian government has dissolved Fundación Pachamama, an environmental non-governmental organization that has worked for 16 years in defense of the human rights of Amazonian indigenous peoples and the natural environment....

Dr Dororthy Okelll from WOUGNET Uganda

Hivos would like to congratulate Dr Dorothy Okello on being awarded the first Digital Woman of the Year prize. Dr Okello is the founder of WOUGNET – Women of Uganda Network - an NGO that aims to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share...

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have...

In her comprehensive report ‘Pathways to, conditions and consequences of incarceration of women’, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Professor Rashida Manjoo, makes ample reference to the report by Hivos partner Justice for Iran, ‘Crime and Impunity: Sexual Torture of Women...

By Klaartje Laan, Hivos

Falah Moradhkin is WADI’s project coordinator in Iraq. He was one of the few who survived a poison gas attack by Saddam Hussein in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1988. Now part of WADI,...

A new report released today by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Hivos explores women’s rights and gender through the lens of information and communications technologies (ICTs).

This year’s edition of Global Information Society Watch shows that gains in women’s...

As part of the Civic Explorations theme of its Knowledge Programme, Hivos took the global to the local at the ‘Movements Rethink’ gathering in mid-September, hosting 24 social justice activists from all over the world in Pingjum, a village in the Netherlands’ rural north.

The activists...

No women - no peace in MENA region

A high-level meeting during the United Nations General Assembly hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Morocco and co-organized by development organization Hivos and ICAN will feature a prominent delegation of women from Syria...

Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have shaken the world. Throughout the region, countries are in a state of transition, although the nature and stage of the transitions differ dramatically. Hivos feels that the opening up of these societies provides unprecedented

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The first four-year phase of the Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Fund (FED) has finalized, during which time it supported over 75 civil society organizations, trained 700 people, held 15 workshops, carried out 29 research projects and...

Supporters at a political campaign rally in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP) has launched a project to document the sights and scenes of the 2013 Zimbabwean elections and how the process will affect the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.

ZAFP is a Hivos partner under the Human Rights Fund, which is supported by...

This week, UNICEF issued a report on female genital mutilation (FGM). It stresses the importance of continuous data gathering to inform policymakers and programmes as a vital part of all efforts to eliminate FGM. German NGO Wadi and Hivos welcome the amount of exposure this report has received...

The issue of whether abortion should be legalized has taken over the public sphere in South America, with the pregnancies of adolescent rape victims fuelling the debate. In Bolivia, for example, four ministers of the Evo Morales government have come out publicly in favor of decriminalizing...

One of Bolivia’s sex workers organizations, Organización de Trabajadoras Nocturnas (OTN), has called for the legalization of sex work in Bolivia and for sex workers to be granted retirement benefits and health insurance. A bill on the...

On 1 September 2013, Edwin Huizing will become the new executive director of Hivos. He will succeed Manuela Monteiro, who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past decade.

Jan Ernst de Groot, chairman of the supervisory board of Hivos, says "We are pleased to welcome Edwin...

Shereen Essof and the cover of her new book

Where can one find the complete story of the Zimbabwe women’s movement? There is no one repository, says Shereen Essof, whose book ‘Shemurenga’, published recently with the assistance of Hivos, attempts to frame that very story over the years 1995-2000.

Essof says that the idea of...

Open and Green

An innovative approach to bring 'state' and 'street' closer together

Persistent global problems such as growing social inequality, corrupt, incompetent governments and energy scarcity in poor and emerging countries demand a new approach. Hivos therefore feels that now more than ever is...

Barbara Walters, Mouna Ghanem and Zainab Salbi at the Women in the World Summit 2013.

Mouna Ghanem wants women who can speak for Syria
Interview by Klaartje Laan, Hivos
The Hague

Syrian human rights activist Mouna Ghanem issued an urgent plea for peace and an end to the violence yesterday at the Town Hall held in Maastricht by Dutch foreign minister...

Mouna Ghanem and Bassma Kodmani

On April 17, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans held a Town Hall meeting at Maastricht University to discuss Dutch human rights policy. The event, attended by students and stakeholders, was also a last public consultation by the minister prior to presenting his new policy paper. On the...

Woman in Jalamord

Hivos and our partner WADI proudly announce the launch of the ‘Stop FGM Middle East’ campaign's website to break the silence about female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Middle East and to contribute to its full elimination....

PDF cover

With support from Hivos, two international watchdog organisations have published a new tool: "Claiming Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Resource Guide to Advancing Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Using the Optional Protocol and Convention on the Elimination of All...

Participants at Syrian Women's Peace initiative during closing reception for three day conference

Hivos welcomes the establishment of the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace (SWFP), which aims to strengthen the role of Syrian women in forging peace in Syria and push Syrian and international public opinion to...

Performance of the Vagina Dialogues in Nairobi

One in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. Those are the shocking statistics that women have to deal with.

On 28 February 2013, the Hivos Regional Office in East Africa, in partnership with the Kenyan performing Arts company ‘Arts Canvas’, staged a...

Women in demonstration

Hivos works with frontrunners of change and social justice to further women’s rights and advocate for new laws protecting women against discrimination and sexual and domestic violence. Today, many of these partners are celebrating International Women’s Day with marches, events, debates and...

Women standing in solidarity with Syrian detainees and martyrs

On this International Women’s Day, Hivos is proud to announce that it will manage a new initiative for women in the Arab world: Women on the Frontline. The three-year €5.8 million initiative is funded by the Dutch Government and will promote women's participation in the political...

Stop FGM campaign poster

Press Release - The Hague and Suleimania,

Currently one hundred and forty million girls and women are estimated to have undergone a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. On the 6th of February, which was introduced by the United Nations as The International Day of...

Key Focal Areas

  • Each year, hundreds of thousands of Asian (and increasingly African) women migrate to become a domestic worker in Gulf Cooperation Council countries to make a living for their families.

  • More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to modern energy in their everyday lives.

  • 'Mideast Creatives – Coworking for Sustainable Employment' is all about developing the full potential of young people and specifically young women in the Arab world.

  • Inequality is a global problem that equally affects the prospects of children and adults, men and women, gay and straight, healthy and disabled.

  • Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) is a five-year programme (2016-2020) managed by Hivos and implemented together with local partners in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan and Lebanon.

  • In 2012, Hivos started the Women@Work campaign to bring about decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower ind