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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. ...

On 15 January 2015, Hivos launched a new fund for freedom of expression in the Middle East. Freedom of expression and the freedom to criticise or ridicule have been the core values of Hivos ever since its foundation. These values were attacked last week in Paris, as they are under constant...

2015 is becoming a year where issues like surveillance, censorship, freedom of speech and privacy are becoming important topics in daily life. Whether you are a journalist or a critical internet user, below are the 8 tools you should use in order to protect yourself online:

#1....

Since July 2014, Shahrazad Maghrabi has been living in forced exile in Cairo, after death threats made her leave her native Libya. Born in Tripoli into a privileged family, she lived a carefree childhood. But the school where she sang songs with her classmates no longer exists in the Libya...

Bilkis Abu Osba from Yemen is passionate about politics. Smiling, she recalls with pride the legacy of her grandfather Mutee’ Dammaj, who was one of the first people to start the 26th of September revolution. Bilkis was the first woman of her generation and her family to follow the...

The welfare workers were kind to her, gave her chocolate and great computer games. But nothing worked. She refused to speak. The 9-year-old ‘Sarah’ and her mother had fled to Cairo from the poor city of Asyut in the south of Egypt.

Having arrived in the capital, they asked for urgent...

Younes Nagem was in Benghazi at the time when the people were suddenly no longer afraid. The revolutionary fire had come to Libya from Tunisia and Egypt. It was to be the end of Gadhafi. When the fighting began, the young student called his friends on impulse: “What can we do?!”

While the...

What to wear today?

In the past, when Feryal al-Kaabi used to leave her home, she never had to think much about what to wear. Her outfit was always the same: a black robe, an abaya, and a headscarf of course, the hijab. This was not so much compulsory for women...

Women played a crucial role during the uprisings that took place in the Middle East and North Africa in the last few years. For the first time, thousands of women took to the streets alongside men, voicing their demands for justice, dignity and democracy to replace decades of repression,...

The Coffee Toolkit (download the PDF file here) was developed by SCP, Agri-ProFocus, Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services, IDH and Hivos for the coffee industry, in...

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