Ging has fought for LGBTQ rights for fifteen years

Article published in Fria Tidningen
24 July 2015

By Purple Romero

The Philippines. For fifteen years Ging Cristobal has fighted for LGBTQ people’s rights and for laws against discrimination in the Philippines. She tells us about life as a lesbian and the fight in a country that slowly gets better.

Ging Cristobal grew up in the southern Philippines with her family. When she realised she was a lesbian she didn’t even know what to call herself.

“I couldn’t imagine that a lesbian woman could have a family or be successful, I was scared there was no future for me.”

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.fria.nu/artikel/118335

Back home and safe from the violence

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
9 May 2015

By Sergio Cruz

When Katerin Malespí was 14 she left her home to go and live with a man twice her age. When the relationship ended four years later, she returned to her childhood home with a baby in her arms.

“I felt totally ruined and didn’t want the neighbours to see me. But there was nowhere else I could go. I’m deeply grateful that my mother welcomed me with open arms”, says Katerin.

Katerin’s relationship ended due to violence. In Nicaragua, men’s violence against women is common. In order to escape, women often have to move back home or find a new husband. The responsibility for the children usually falls on the women. Katerin’s 41-year old mother Carmen Torres has four children with three different men. Her relationships  were characterised by the men’s violence and their excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/har-hos-mamma-slipper-jag-valdet/om/familjeliv-i-varlden

Fight for textile workers’ rights

Article published in Göteborgsposten
24 May 2015
By Sushmita Preetha

Bangladesh. Two years have passed since the garment factory Rana Plaza collapsed. Taslima Akhtar can still hear the screams from the thousands of workers who got trapped under the remains of the nine storey building.

Taslima is a unionist and a co-ordinator for an organisation that fights for textile workers rights. The place where Rana Plaza stood is a constant reminder of how fragile their lives are.

Läs hela artikeln här: http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/kvinnor-utnyttjas-i-bangladesh-1.93625

Schoolgirls still in the hands of Boko Haram

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. For many,  Boko Haram became known through the mass kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls last year. The campaign Bring Back Our Girls gathered a lot of attention, but after a year the girls still haven’t been returned.

Every day Aisha Yesufu and thirty other women gather in the Unity Fountain Park in the capital of Abuja for a two hour long demonstration. They run Bring Back Our Girls, which for almost a year has fought for the return of the girls.

Initially, the campaign had great support and many celebrities and people in high positions got involved.
“But they’ve moved on now”, says Aisha, crassly.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.friatidningen.se/artikel/117136

Boko Haram beneficial for ex-dictator

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. Tomorrow, the postponed Nigerian presidential election will take place. The terrorist organisation Boko Haram are claimed to be the reason both for the postponed elections, and that many might vote for an ex dictator.

The elections were meant to take place 14 February, but at the last minute it was postponed until 28 March. According to the president Goodluck Jonathan it is because the government and the army have to be able to handle the threat to security caused ty Boko Haram. But the opposition claim it’s a way for the president to win some time in order to get his votes up.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.friatidningen.se/artikel/117135

Pakistan’s anger towards extremists

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
20 December 2014
By Rina Saeed Khan

Pakistan.  Pakistan is still in mourning after the attack on the school in Peshawar. Memorial ceremonies are being held and people pray for “the little angels”,  as the victims are called. Many are also expressing anger towards those they see as “friends of the Taliban”.

Around three hundred people gathered outside the notorious Red Mosque in the capital of Islamabad. Their wake is a protest action against the religious leader of the mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz, who has refused to condemn the massacre in Peshawar.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/pakistansk-ilska-mot-extremister

The survivors mourn their friends

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
18 December 2014
By Faisal Raza Khan

Pakistan.  The day after the attack on the school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, the surviving students loudly mourned their dead classmates. They promised to fulfill their studies and fight against terrorism.

Pakistan is trying to get Afghanistan’s help in order to get the Taliban leader behind the attack.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/pakistansk-ilska-mot-extremister

The massacre a message for Malala

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
17 December 2014
By Rina Saeed Khan

Pakistan. When Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize it was broadcast live on practically every TV channel in Pakistan. The whole country celebrated the fight which has made Malala a global champion for children’s education. Today, Pakistan is in mourning.

Yesterday Peshawar’s hospitals published the names of the students killed, and parents collected their children for the last time. The Prime Minister has advertised three days of National Mourning following the attack that claimed over 130 lives.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/massakern-ett-budskap-till-malala