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Join us at WOW Festival 2014 PDF E-mail
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that RAW in WAR will be involved in the 2014 WOW (Women of the World) Festival at London's Southbank Centre onFriday 7th March and Saturday 8th March 2014.
The fourth WOW Festival will be taking place from Wednesday 5th - Sunday 9th of March, bringing together talks, debates, performances and activism celebrating women and girls. The festival will feature voices from around the world, including Vivienne Westwood, Harriet Harman, Dr Helen Pankhurst and the winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award, Malala Yousafzai.
On Friday 7th March, join us for the panel discussion 'Activism Without Borders' (11.30 am – 1pm) at Queen Elizabeth Hall. What can UK based activists learn from their international sisters? Australian writer and feminist Anne Summers, co-founder of anti-FGM campaigning group Daughters of Eve Nimco AliJudy Kosgei, winner of the Thompson Foundation Young Journalist Prize, and Mariana Katzarova, founder ofRAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR)discuss global campaigns and grass roots activism, lobbying policy makers, and what success would look like. Chaired by Jessica Horn from the African Feminist Forum.
The panel will be taking place at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Friday 7th of March 2014 between 11.30 am-1pmClick here for more information about the event

This year RAW in WAR is delighted to be hosting a panel on Saturday 8th March, 'Refusing to be Silenced', bringing together international women of courage, who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world, including winners of the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award. The panel will be hosted by RAW in WAR founderMariana Katzarova and will include Elena Kudimova, Anna Politkovskaya's sister, Mariam Suleiman (Darfur), Founder and Chair of The Voice of Darfur Women; Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor and Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent, who were close friends of Marie Colvin (2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, who was killed while covering the war in Syria), Masih Alinejad (Iran), a journalist persecuted for exposing government corruption (One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality in Iran was the 2009 Anna Politkovskaya Award Winner); Reem Rashad (Syria), an activist from the Violation Documentation Centre (VDC) and sister of Razan Zaitouneh (2011 Award winner, kidnapped in Syria); and Lydia Cacho (Mexico), a journalist who exposed child sex trafficking by the powerful elite and suffered torture and death threats. Renowned Celtic singer/ songwriter Lorraine Jordan will perform “Anna’s Song”, dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya.
As you can imagine, we are delighted to be joined by such an inspiring panel of women and would like to invite you to join us too. For more information about the event click here.
The panel will be taking place at The Front Room of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Saturday 8th of March 2014 between 12-1pm. You can purchase tickets for both panels HERE for £12, giving you access to plenty of other events taking place at the WOW Festival during the 7th and 8th of March. For more information about the events in the WOW Festival please see the full programme.
We hope you can join us!!
RAW in WAR is looking for a Coordinator PDF E-mail

Coordinator - RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War) (This position has now been filled) 

1 day per week (flexible), part-time, paid (£350 per month, £20,800 pro-rata)

Position Based in London, UK.

Overview of Position

The Coordinator plays an essential role in the 'day-to-day' running of the organisation, working directly with RAW in WAR board members on project related matters, development, fundraising, promotion, website updates, social media and being the primary coordinator of the Anna Politkovskaya Award held every October. This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in the human rights field who wishes to gain experience and be part of a unique and exciting NGO. 

Although this is not a full time role, flexibility is required, especially in the run up to the Anna Politkovskaya Award event where extra days of work on either side of the award (fully paid) will be required including the occasional evenings and weekends.  

Click here for more details 


Donate to the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award Appeal PDF E-mail

Dear Friends

RAW in WAR would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support during 2013. The 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award at London's Southbank Centre in October, could not have been the success it was without you.

We are very proud and extremely grateful for those guests and supporters who came together to make the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award a night of celebration, education and acknowledgement of the incredible work taking place by women human rights defenders from areas of war and armed conflict across the globe. The performance by Dame Evelyn Glennie, Labi Siffre, Lorraine Jordan, Disarm and the Badac Theatre Company, plus our wonderful Master of Ceremony Lyse Doucet and special guest Sir Nicholas Winton presenting the award to Malala Yousafzai, ensured the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award was a night to remember.


Our small team at RAW in WAR is already working on preperation for the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award and we are launching an appeal to ask for your help in supporting next year's award event and the work of the new award winner.

Your support will also allow RAW in WAR to actively support the human rights work of our award winners in their own countries. With your help we can continue our goal of helping women human rights defenders working in conflict zones be heard and that their selfless work is supported and encouraged. RAW in WAR will also continue to campaign to end the abuse and persecution against brave women from war and conflict. 

1. Click HERE to make a donation to the RAW in WAR Paypal account

2. Donate to RAW in WAR directly via Online Banking/Telephone Banking:

Account Name: RAW for Women and Girl Survivors of War
Account No: 07455186 COUTTS
Sort Code: 180002

3. Make a donation by cheque to the following address:

RAW for Women and Girl Survivors of War

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA

Thank you for your donations and for supporting RAW in WAR in 2014 

Anna's War PDF E-mail
This week, BBC Radio 4 are broadcasting a five part drama about the life of Anna Politkovskaya. The dramatisation 'Anna's War', will be on air from Monday 3rd February until Friday 7th February at 10.45am and 7.45pm, or you can listen via the BBC iPlayer here. The dramatisation tells the story of Anna Politkovskaya in five key events from her life from 1999 until her murder in 2006. Listen Here

To accompany 'Anna's War', Anna's sister Elena Kudimova has written a blog about Anna and her work. You can read this on the BBC 4 website here.

Free Syrian activist Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues PDF E-mail
Razan Zaitouneh

It has been reported that non-voilent activist and human rights lawyer, Razan Zaitouneh and her team have been kidnapped in Damascus on the early morning of Tuesday, 10 December. Razan was the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2011  for her courageous work to expose the atrocities taking place against civilians in Syria. According to reports, Razan was kidnapped from her home in the Douma suburb on the outskirts of Damascus, along with her husband, Wael Hamadah, and two members of her team - Nazem al-Hamadi and Sameera Alkhalil - by a group of unidentified masked and armed men. It is still unclear whether she was taken by government forces of President Bashar al-Assad's regime or Islamist rebels - both of which she has criticized as threats to the Syrian people’s uprising against the government.
Despite the threat to her life, Razan has continued living in Damascus where she launched in 2011 the Violations Documentation Centre (VDC) , an independent, civilian NGO, which monitors and documents the violations of human rights in Syria.  According to reports, new threats against Razan Zaitouneh began after she started investigating abuses by rebels. According to her colleagues, the Army of Islam, a rebel group that has come to dominate the area, had been hostile to Razan because of her secular views.
We at RAW in WAR are outraged and saddened by the news of Razan's kidnapping and we fear for her and her colleague’s safety and for their life. Her courage and dedication to uncovering the truth about the torture, disappearances and killing of civilians in Syria continues to inspire us all.  
Our thoughts are with Razan and her team at this time. We call on the Government of Syria to investigate and reveal the whereabouts of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues and to take urgent steps to free them, as well as if detained by government forces – to immediately release them. We also call on European Union and world leaders to use their influence with the Syrian authorities and the Syrian opposition to secure the release of Razan and her colleagues.
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