Today, the 17th of January 1945 was the last time Raoul Wallenberg was seen in freedom. It was 73 years ago on this day. There was a gathering at Raoul Wallenberg's square today to honour his legacy and to light a candle for humanity. A woman named Sara Scheller who works for the Raoul Wallenberg Academy (not to get confused with the Raoul Wallenberg institute) held a speech. She talked about how in this passed year we've stood up for humanity, for example the #metoo campaign. They also played some music, a song by Laleh called Goliat. It was very beautiful to see all the people who had gathered to commemorate Raoul, to light candles, and to be inspired by the speech and the music. There was also a hashtag #ljusförraoul (which means light for Raoul) ​to use on social media platforms. Here's a photo from today:

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Who was Raoul Wallenberg?

Raoul was born on August 4th 1912. He was a Swedish business man, architect and diplomat. After finishing high school and compulsory military service he studied architecture at the university of Michigan. In Palestine where he worked at a bank the met Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany, they had a deep effect on him. He later went to Budapest where he opened a Swedish embassy office. Raoul handed out hundreds of passports to Hungarian Jews. He saved the lives of thousands of Jews. On January 17, 1945, Raoul traveled to meet with Marshal Rodion Malinovsky, Raoul was never seen again. There are many theories about what happened to him.

In the 70's and 80's, Raoul Wallenberg's heroism and disappearance had earned him international recognition. Numerous monuments and statues have been built all over the world in his honor.

In 1981 the United States Congress granted a honorary citizenship to Raoul Walleberg, he also received a honorary citizenship from Israel in 1986. In 2012, US President Barack Obama awarded Raoul Wallenberg the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously.

Tips: If you would like to know more about him you can watch the movie Good Evening, Mr Wallenberg and read the book Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust.


Sources: https://www.biography.com/people/raoul-wallenberg-9522537

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This interview is with a Filipino woman who is currently living in Hong Kong. First of all thank you so much for letting me interview you.

You were born on the countryside in the Philippines right?

Yes, I was born in the countryside.

How was it growing up there?

Growing up in the Countryside was so much fun and a very peaceful place.

For how many years did you go to school?

I went to school for the period of fourteen years. 6 years in elementary, 4 years in high school and 4 years in college.

Was it far from your house to school?

The school was very far away and I had to walk like 14 kilometres everyday because that time during 1980's the road had not been developed yet.

At what age did you start working?

Well, I started working right after I graduated college at the age of 20.

Did you help out at home a lot?

I helped out a lot at home, because my parents were busy working at the farm. So at a very young age I had to take care and do things for myself.

How do you look back at your childhood?

Looking back at my childhood it was very interesting. I have so many good, happy and most of all unforgettable memories. Remembering the moments I was playing around the river, which is my favourite place and running around with my friends in the muddy backyard.

What are human rights for you?

Well, human rights for me is very important. As a citizen of my country I have to know my rights of life, justice, liberty, freedom of expression and my right to abide the law.

What is your opinion about human rights in the Philippines?

My opinion about the human rights in the Philippines is very confusing and quite complicated. I don't really understand what is happening between the state and the church. Nowadays under the new administration so many people have been killed because of war against drugs. Many innocent people have been the victims without justice. Unlike in the past administration as a democratic country we could freely express our freedom between what is right and what is wrong. For those people who are poor justice for them has been ignored. Unlike those people who are rich justice is easy for them because they can use their wealth to manipulate the law. Sometime our rights as humans have been ignored, because of power. Lastly all I can say is that human rights are not equally served.

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Why is feminism important to you?

Because there has always been inequality between men and women. The power has always been unfairly divided in society.

How did your interest for feminism start?

It started when Marianne became more politically active in the 70’s . But predominantly because of the big class differences. However also to fight for women’s rights of course.

What did you do to make the situation better?

Marianne then became active in a left political party. She was active on a municipal level and was in the council.

Do you feel things have improved over the years that have passed?

Yes it’s improved very much. For example, childcare expanded, women’s chances to work and study. Now women have access to the higher positions and other professions than before, for example police and military.

There is a bigger awareness about the weight that equality has. Today women have higher education than men, in terms of grades and level of education, but women still do not have the highest positions. Besides that, there are additionally more women who are politicians.

What do you think is the next step to keep fighting?

Today Marianne sees that we have to really keep fighting to keep increasing equality, which hasn’t been achieved yet. There have been setbacks for example, the abortion right is threatened in the U.S. In the academic world, most professors are still male.

What we should do is to keep pushing for equality between the genders – in business boards. Increase the awareness further. We have to have an equal strong battle as we’ve had in the past. We have come far along, but we can not stop, because then we move backward instead.

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Interview with Maria Hogenäs, midwife and winner of the Swedish Association of Health proffesionals leadership award, about her work in Congo

Background information about Congo:

Congo has always been a rich country, filled with diamonds, gold and other natural resources. This has led people within and outside of Congo to profit from the resources without a fair spread of gain. Corruption is a main problem. Isn’t it strange that one of the richest countries in the world is poor? It used to be a Belgian colony from 1870-1960. The size of Congo is larger than Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway all together. The capital today is Kinshasa.

How is the situation in Congo?

The president, since 2006, named Kabila who was democratically elected, was supposed to announce a presidential election on the 19th of December 2016. But he didn’t want to. He wants to keep the power and blames it on the low number of young people who are registered to vote and says therefore there can’t be a new election. The reason there are such few registered young adults, is because he hasn’t registered them. Right now there is a dialogue going on between the government and the newly founded opposition. The opposition wants to have real elections, democracy and peace. But their dialogue is not going well as the government wants to keep the power. Kabila has appointed a new prime minister against the opposition’s will.

There has been many silent demonstrations in Kinshasa. The military angers the population in order to have a reason to shoot.The politicians in the West only show the bad things that happen in Congo and not the good things. One example is the quiet demonstration. Therefore it would be better if the West could support the opposition before the shooting starts in order to prevent people from fleeing for their lives, as in Syria.

What is your task in Congo?

Maria’s task in Congo is to support the Panzi hospital where Dr Mukwege works to take care of women. But to only take care of them medically is not enough. There are four ways to help the women. 1. By medicin, surgery if needed 2. Money , they are given a bit of education to be able to earn money to survive on their own 3. They are given a lawyer to be able to report the raping. 4. They are also given psychological support.

At first the women are treated, they are then given education to be able to earn their own money. They also get to go to musical therapy to recover.

Maria gives workshops about how to give birth in the best and cheapest way possible, at the hospital which doesn’t have the best facilities.

What is happening right now is that Maria and others, together with architects are designing a blue print. To be able to transform the hospital into a organic place with running water and solar panels etc. Transforming the hospital into a great model for the rest of the world.

Why is this so important?

Maria feels it’s important because she feels that the rural hospitals in Africa and Asia are inspired by the hospitals in the West, which means they also get influenced by the bad things. She felt the need to change the Panzi hospital which is already good, to make it into a model for the rest of the world.

The treatment should be much better at the hospitals. Because otherwise the women will chose to do the delivery at home, which increases the risk of child mortality. The place to give birth should be safe. In general she wants to improve the health care in the world!

What background do you have that allows you to do this?

Maria is a midwife and has also studied tropical medicine. She is active in organisations, that focuses on questions about deliveries in Sweden and the rest of the world.

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On the 28th of March 2017 it became known that the Swedish politician and lawyer Zaida Catalan had been murdered in Kongo, together with some Americans and Congolese's. Zaida was in Congo on a mission from the UN about human rights.
This is a sign that it can be dangerous to work with human rights. But it is no excuse for us to stop working for human rights. If anything, it only shows how much more we should work for it.




Sources: http://www.svt.se/nyheter/myndigheterna-i-kongo-kinshasa-kidnappad-svenska-hittad-dod

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I'm going to start off by telling you what human rights are. Human rights are principles of how you should treat and be treated as a human being. They are regularly protected by international law. They apply for EVERYONE regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, nationality, sexuality etc. But sadly not everybody follows these. They think they are superior and believe they can treat people however they want to. There for it's very important to have people to stand up for other people who are not strong enough to stand up for their human rights alone. Human rights include: the right to a fair trial, protection against enslavement, free speech, prohibition of genocide and a right to education.

The ideas of human rights came after World War 2. The Universal Declaration of human rights (UDHR) took place in Paris 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity" - Nelson Mandela 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights

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I'm going to tell you a bit about myself, so that you get to know the person behind this blog. 

I'm a 16 year old girl from Stockholm, Sweden. I've lived in Hong Kong and the U.S as well as in Sweden. But I currently live in Stockholm. I wanted to start this blog because I believe human rights which includes feminism are very important to talk about. I want to share my thoughts, opinions etc as well as information, events and what you can do to help. Enjoy! 

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