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Ensuring Protection for Women in Syria

December 10, 2014                                                                                                                                                                   By Danny Kaufman and Zoe Blumenfeld

As Iraqi Kurdish forces fight to keep the Syrian border town of Kobani from falling to the Islamic State, and tens of thousands of civilians are trapped with limited food and water, there’s one story that sits beneath the headlines.

Women’s rights activists, many of whom have made impressive progress despite

Demanding an End to Violence in Gaza

In response to the indiscriminate killing of more than 1,000 civilians during the Israel-Gaza conflict during July – August 2014, several women’s rights organizations in Israel and Palestine demanded an end to the violence.

Urgent Action Fund provided urgent funding to several women’s groups working to unite Palestinian and Jewish Israelis in calling on their government for an immediate ceasefire

Women Stand for Peace

More than 130 Palestinians and five Israelis were killed and over 1,000 people were wounded, including 140 children and 83 women, as a result of Israel’s military attack of the Gaza Strip from 14 – 21 November 2012.

In response to this, UAF awarded two rapid response grants to women’s organizations in Palestine and Israel requesting funds to mobilize their

Bedouin Women Holding Police Accountable in Israel

On May 20th, two young Bedouin girls were found dead despite their mother’s previous attempts to warn police that she feared her ex-husband would kill them. The case generated widespread media attention in Israel, and demonstrated the failure of the Israeli police force to respond to the needs of the Bedouin community.

Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, inhabitants

Women Stand for Peace

Since the most recent eruption of violence between Israel and Palestine on November 14, 2012, more than 90 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed and over 1,000 people have been wounded, including 140 children and 83 women.

In response to this, UAF awarded two rapid response grants to women’s organizations in Palestine and Israel requesting funds to mobilize their

Recording Human Rights Violations Amid Armed Conflict

The Situation: In February 2011, as part of pro-democracy uprisings throughout the region, a peaceful uprising in Yemen demanded the creation of a civil democratic state. In May, government security forces opened fire on the square of Taiz, killing dozens of peaceful protestors. Armed tribes retaliated, and an armed conflict spread in which massive human rights violations were systemically perpetrated

Women’s Political Representation in Iraq

The Situation: While the Iraqi Parliament and Provincial Councils require 25% of all seats to be allocated to women, women are excluded from Municipal Councils. All districts in Iraq have Municipal Councils, and these Councils deal directly with the most basic needs of local citizens.

The Rapid Response: Women’s rights organization Iraqi Al Firdaws Society (IAFS) recognized a convergence of

Iraqi Women for Peace Campaign

The Situation: In late 2011, sectarian violence escalated and dozens of people were killed. The Iraqi Parliament failed to respond. Model Iraqi Women Organization (MIWO) requested funds to launch an “Iraqi Women for Peace” campaign.

The Rapid Response: The organizers of the Iraqi Women for Peace campaign met with hundreds of women activists from various backgrounds across the country, as

“Preemptive Peace” in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Situation: In the pro-democracy uprisings of North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, peaceful protesters in Tunisia and Egypt demanded democracy and ended a combined 54 years of authoritarian rule. The protests spread to Iraqi Kurdistan in early February. Militias turned violent, but the protests continued. In Kurdistan, opposition political parties were involved, and partisan media outlets attacked