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Refugee Mothers - Georgia 

The author of this series “Refugee-mothers, Georgia, 2008” is Mariam Amurvelashvili – a Georgian photographer. This photo series won 1st prize in an international photography competition “The socio-economic situation of women from Central Asia and Eastern Europe” carry out by KARAT Coalition. Those photos depict women in the refugee camps in Georgia after military conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008. As a...

Garifunas en Nicaragua 

Jóvenes Garifunas participan en taller de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva. (Garifuna Youth involved in workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health.)...

40 Years Protecting Minorities 

On Thursday 11th February 2010 MRG celebrated its 40 year anniversary with an exciting literary event at Foyles in London. Distinguished authors Roma Tearne and Louise Doughty reflected on how minority issues have informed or affected their lives and work. The event was chaired brilliantly by BBC Special News Correspondent Razia Iqbal. MRG was founded on the belief that minorities should be represented...

Colombia: Ruta Pacífica rechaza acciones guerreristas contra organizaciones de mujeres y defensoras de Derechos Humanos 

Las intimidaciones provienen de las Águilas Negras, grupo al margen de la ley que declara objetivo militar a movimientos y ciudadanos que, según sus argumentos, obstaculizan las políticas del Gobierno Nacional. Amenazas son dirigidas a lideresas y organizaciones de mujeres, especialmente indígenas, afrodescendientes y de población desplazada. Bogotá, 24 de mayo de 2010. – Ante el incremento de las amenazas...

Meet the Activists: Esther Somoire 

MRG’s Web and Production Editor, Kristen Harrison, met Esther Somoire at the Minority Voices Training in Botswana. Esther is the founder of Centre for Indigenous Women and Children (CIWOCH), a community-based organisation working primarily with the Maasai communities of Southern Kenya. The Maasai are a pastoralist people with a strong and vibrant culture. As nomadic people, most Maasai move from place to...

Asia: Farah Mihlar and Samia Khan discuss conflicting interests within minority communities 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in July 2010.In this recording: MRG’s Farah Mihlar is sharing thoughts about the uniqueness of minorities and indigenous peoples. Unless these cultural attributes and their close ties with nature are not taken into consideration when doing development work, it can have a detrimental effect to the communities. She brings up a school...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activist advocates for participation in EU development projects 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to relations with the European Commission. Esther gives various reasons why the participation of community-based organisations (CBOs) in EU project...

Kenya&EU: Maasai activits and EC representative discuss EC 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is an excerpt from the plenary ‘Liaison between the civil society of developing countries and the European Commission’. Esther Somoire, executive director of CIWOCH, an organisation representing the interests of the Maasai community gives the perspective of a community-based organisation in Kenya when it comes to...

EU: Farah Mihlar discusses what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Farah Mihlar is talking about what difficulties minorities and indigenous peoples face when doing advocacy: minorities live far away from the cities where EU in-country delegations are settled, their capacity is lower compared to national organisations and moreover, their life can be threatened in conflict areas if...

EU: Minority Voices - a community-based media initiative 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Mohamed Matovu and Vanessa Ntekola Chandapiwa (RETENG) give an insight into the methodology of the Minority Voices Programme, a community-based media programme targeting the EU media. MRG’s Emma Eastwood adds that this is a ‘training for trainers’ programme as well, therefore modules can be passed on to...

EU: We report back - Minorities and Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on EU Development Policies 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:MRG’s Carl Soderbergh summarises the main thoughts and conclusions of the first day of the conference. In the first session Pieter Bangma (EC, DG Dev), Esther Somoire (CIWOCH) and Sazzad Hussein (Odhikar) were discussing relations between the EC and the civil society of developing countries. The second session...

Minorities struggle with identity and discrimination in divided Cyprus 

By Farah MihlarFoziye Tayim Ataya, is a Palestinian living in Cyprus. In 1948, her parents came to the country when war broke out in Israel. They never returned. She is now part of a 5 -6,000 small Palestinian community, mostly asylum seekers from Iraq and Gaza, living in southern Cyprus. Having lived her entire life in Cyprus, Foziye now works closely with recent Palestinian...

Activists call for end to violence against the world’s ‘untouchable’ women 

On the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th of November, Dalit women activists are urging the world to pay attention to the plight of women subjected to horrific acts of violence because of their caste and gender. While the world is busy praising India’s booming economy and status as ‘the world’s biggest democracy’, Dalit women are subjected...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on right to education of Maasai girls in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network speak about the difficulties girls in the Maasai community face. Ann explains that Maasai women are discriminated from outside of their communities and from within their communities. In this clip the two Maasai activists describe the lifestyle of young Maasai girls...

Interviews with Activists: Ann Sintoyia Tome and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon on oppression of Maasai women in Kenya 

Ann Sintoyia Tome of the Samburu Women for Education & Environment Development Organisation and Mariamu Ntausian Lekisemon of the Rural Women Development Network discuss in detail the manner in which women in the indigenous Masaai community are oppressed. They describe cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and polygamy which severely affect women in the Masaai community.Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu,...

Interviews with Activists: Rorian Cherono on the Ogiek of Kenya 

Rorian Cherono is the first woman from the Ogiek community to graduate from university. The Ogiek are a hunter gatherer community living mostly around the Mao forest in Kenya. Here Cherono discusses the obstacles children from the Ogiek community have in accessing education. In the concluding part of this clip, Cherono speaks of how she was motivated to continue her education and what having...

Kenya: A visit to Maasai Mara 

Contact For more information contact Mohamed Matovu, MRG's Africa Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Kenya: Endorois activist says women's rights need to be fulfilled 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:Endorois Welfare Council leader Wilson Kipkazi is sharing thoughts about the backward situation of women in his community. Endorois women face problems such as the female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, domestic violence or rape. Kipkazi is saying empowerment of women is more important than ever to improve...

India: Raising awareness about India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act among Dalits is a key issue to give meaning to the law 

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording:One World Action’s Tara Brace-John is introducing India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act specific for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Based on this act, any person who is verbally or physically attacked or their property is stolen because of their belonging to any of the scheduled castes or scheduled...

Peru: Addressing the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming  

This is a recording from the Minority Voices conference, held in Budapest in May 2010.In this recording: This is a longer discussion on poverty reduction strategies with special regards to the needs of marginalized communities in policy formulation and programming. Development consultant Samia Khan gives a substantial explanation on the progress of development policies and the strategy to poverty reduction with regards to...


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