Raw in War
PLEASE SUPPORT US - RAW's New Website Project PDF E-mail

Help us to create a new online platform through which we can support women human rights defenders working in war and conflict zones worldwide.

In today’s social media and internet-driven society, in order to raise awareness about our work, RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War) needs an outstanding online presence. This involves a new website that will feature in-depth information, inspiring videos and photography and social media platform spreading awareness and encouraging support of women human rights defenders who work tirelessly in conflict zones worldwide. Being a charitable organisation, RAW in WAR must raise money to undertake all of its activities, which range from pivotal campaigns to financial support necessary to continue vital work in conflict.

We are raising funds in order for a software developer to design RAW in WAR a new, technologically up-to-date and secure website conducive to our continuing and expanding work.

A new website will provide us with a platform that is necessary to spread the word of the brave and courageous work that women human rights defenders are carrying out worldwide. We will be able to keep you, our supporters, better informed on global injustices and the work women are doing to combat them.




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Happy Birthday, Razan! Free Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues - THE DOUMA FOUR PDF E-mail


Today, 29th April, marks the birthday of Razan Zaitouneh - the third consecutive birthday she has spent in captivity. The 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner was snatched from her office in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, in 2013. Together with her husband, Wa’el Hamada and two other activists, Samir Khalil and Nazem Hamadi, she was detained and abducted by armed men believed to be members of the so-called Army of Islam, which at that time had control over Douma. Since their abduction from the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) in Douma almost three years ago in December 2013, their condition and whereabouts have remained unknown. 

We call on all those governments, world leaders and individuals who have influence over the situation in Syria, to do their utmost to ensure the safe, unconditional and immediate release of Razan, Wa’el, Samir and Nazem, known as the Douma 4! 

To mark Razan's birthday and to renew calls for Razan and her colleagues' release, RAW in WAR joined today, 29 April 2016, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, supported by many organisations around the world, in a Joint Statement. To read the text of the Joint Statement please click here. To read the statement in Arabic, please click here .

To help bring attention to their case, “we are hoping once again to shine a light on their disappearance,” says Rana Zaitouneh, Razan’s sister. On 30 April 2016, the family is hosting a vigil on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, co-sponsored by Amnesty International Canada. They are also asking those who are unable to attend to post messages of solidarity, photos, artwork, or anything else that may spread awareness over the next week. For more information on the vigil, visit this Facebook page.

You can post a message or a photo of yourself with the photo below HERE .


 Join the call to help free the four human rights defenders, who were abducted in December 2013, and send messages of solidarity.


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Vian Dakhil at Refusing To Be Silenced 2016 PDF E-mail

At RefusingToBeSilenced‬ we honoured Vian Dakhil. Vian received the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award in recognition of her brave and fierce campaigning to advocate and mobilize support for the Yazidi people in Iraq - in defiance of the danger she faces as an outspoken critic of Islamic State. For her courage she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. As Iraq's only Yazidi MP, Vian continues to speak out and campaign to protect her people from the terror of Islamic State. More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls were kidnapped and kept as sex slaves to ISIS fighters. Vian is the voice for these women and girls. She needs all our support as she refuses to be silenced and keeps going!


Kholoud Waleed - Interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour' PDF E-mail

On Monday 14th March, Kholoud Waleed, 2015 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. Presenter Jane Garvey asked Kholoud about her brave work running the Syrian underground newspaper 'Enab Baladi' despite the danger her and her colleagues face every day. They spoke of Kholoud's recent international recognition by being given RAW in WAR's award and taking part in our 'Refusing To Be Silenced' event as part of the Women of the World Festival (March 2016). We are thankful to 'Woman's Hour' and Jane Garvey for sharing Kholoud's story.






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