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Will NATO leave Afghan women at risk?

A new article by Vibeke B. Thomsen was published today by the Women Under Siege Project. It discusses the upcoming departure of ISAF from Afghanistan and its implication on the lives and rights of women. The article argues that for the country to thrive post-war, ISAF will have to place a special emphasis on gender issues and continue to hold the government accountable for its actions on women’s rights.
For the full article, please click here.

31st July marks African Women’s Day

The African Union has set aside 31st July to celebrate African Women’s Day. Various events and celebrations are taking place and this year, GenderHopes’ partner association Make Every Woman Count marks this day under the theme “Let’s Make Rural Women Count”. Please click here¬†if you want to share your ideas and vision for a better future for rural women in Africa. Follow also our daily updates on Twitter!

GenderHopes meets with CARF and Mission Freedom in Amsterdam

On 18 July, GenderHopes director, Vibeke Thomsen, met with Dr. Tom Marfo, CARF director and Gaby Wentland, director of Mission Freedom, to discuss ongoing projects to combat human trafficking and forced prostitution in the Netherlands. Dr. Marfo and Dr. Sheetal Agarwal-Shah presented their joint “Bijlmer Project” which aims to investigate areas in need of psycho-social interventions for victims of trafficking and develop a training module for peer educators.

Are you interested in contributing to our blog?

Do you have something to say about gender-based violence, sexual violence, rape, prostitution, trafficking or more generally women’s rights in Europe or Africa? We are looking for experienced writers to contribute to our blog, with short articles or opinion pieces (500 to 1000 words).
If you are interested, please send an email with your pitch to vibeke(at) We look forward to hearing from you!