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We Want Justice for Natasha: End Impunity PDF E-mail

Six years ago today, we lost a close friend – Natalia Estemirova (or Natasha as we called her among friends), RAW in WAR’s first Anna Politkovskaya Award winner. Natalia Estemirova, a courageous human rights defender from Russia’s Chechen Republic, was abducted in front of several witnesses outside of her home in Grozny on 15 July 2009. Her body was found later that day in the neighbouring Republic of Ingushetia. 

Until today, nobody has been brought to justice for this crime, despite promises by the then Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and the then Head of the Investigation Committee to take the investigation under their control. The official investigation has conducted dozens of interviews and spent hundreds of hours of investigative work but without results. The desire to uphold the official version, which puts the blame for the murder at the hands of anti-government fighters, has blighted attempts to reveal the truth.

Natalia was a warm-hearted, generous person, who spoke truth to power - wherever she saw injustice - in order to protect human rights and human dignity.

We at RAW in WAR owe it to our friend Natalia Estemirova to call for justice for her murder, to urge the Russian authorities to really investigate the crime and to bring to justice the perpetrators and the ones who ordered it, no matter who they are.
We continue to call on the Russian Government to stop the campaign against human rights defenders and to support their work in the name of Natalia Estemirova, Anna Politkovskaya and others like them, who lost their lives while defending human rights. We will continue to re-print our open letter from 15 July 2009 , the day Natalia was abducted and killed, until justice is done.


15 July 2015 

Join in support and add your voice for justice by signing the petition and adding a comment on RAW in WAR’s Facebook page and Twitter @RawinWar  @Refuse2beSilent 

RAW in WAR is looking for a new co-ordinator PDF E-mail

Job Title: Co-ordinator / Communications Assistant

 Location: London

1 day a week (£20,800 pro rata) 

The co-ordinator / communications assistant plays an essential role in the ‘day-to-day’ running of RAW in WAR, a small human rights charity striving to enhance the voices of women in areas of conflict.  This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate interested in the human rights field, and 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 where extra days of work (fully paid) will be required, including the occasional evenings and weekends. 


Key duties include:

* Working directly with board members on project related matters 

* Managing RAW’s social media presence across multiple channels

* Drafting copy for blog posts, press releases, and newsletters

* Ensuring the smooth running of RAW’s website, and implementing the next phase of our website upgrade

* Co-ordinating RAW’s Anna Politkovskaya Award, held every October, and the organisation’s ‘Refusing To Be Silenced’ panel events

* Co-ordinating and supervising RAW’s team of volunteers

* Managing board and team meetings, and providing monthly progress reports on work and future actions

* Financial administration, fundraising and administrative assistance 

* Undertaking other ad-hoc tasks when required 


Essential skills/qualifications/ and/or experience 

* University degree in Human Rights, International Development, International Affairs, Gender Studies (or equivalent) and/or relevant practical work experience

* Motivated and passionate about human rights - particularly the rights of women and girls 

* Excellent writing skills (fluency in English)

* Editing and proof-reading skills, and keen eye for detail

* Strong organisational skills

* Experience of working in project administration and management

* Experience in organising events

* Experience in using social media for professional purposes

* Understanding of website administration (extremely desirable) 

* Additional languages (in particular, Arabic and/or Russian) particularly desirable

* Must be flexible, a positive self-starter, and willing to work as part of a team 


To apply for this role, please email Nathalie Losekoot ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with your CV (max 2 pages) and a 1 page cover letter, clearly explaining your suitability for this role, and what you hope to gain from it. 

Interviews will be held in London during the week of 27th July, with a view to the new candidate commencing the role in early August. 

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret we will not be able to contact you if your application has been unsuccessful.

Closing Date: 10th July (5pm)


‘Refusing To Be Silenced’ Returns to the London WOW Festival PDF E-mail

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We are pleased to announce that on Saturday 7th March, 3.30-4.30pm, RAW in WAR’s ‘Refusing To Be Silenced’ will be returning to the London Southbank Centre’s WOW - Women of the World Festival. Taking place between 1st-8th March, the festival brings together talks, debates, performances, and activism celebrating women and girls - and is this year featuring Caitlin Moran, Annie Lennox, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, and Shami Chakrabarti, amongst others.

Refusing To Be Silenced seeks to support the women who risk their lives to speak the truth. This year, our session will bring together international women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world, including winners of the Anna Politkovskaya Award. The session will focus attention on the abducted women and girls in areas of conflict. 

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Speakers include Elena Kudimova, Anna Politkovskaya’s sister; Vian Dakhil (Iraq), the only Yazidi MP in Iraq’s parliament and RAW in WAR’s 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner ; Obiageli Ezekwesili (Nigeria), founder of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement to rescue the 300 girls of Chibok abducted by Boko Haram; Angelina Atyam (Uganda), who has tirelessly campaigned to rescue girls abducted in Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army, including her 14-year-old-daughter Charlotte; British international correspondent (TBC - Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent and Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor). The panel will be chaired by Mariana Katzarova, founder of RAW in WAR. 

Singer-songwriter Lorraine Jordan and Lana Estemirova, daughter of Natalia Estemirova, the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award who was killed in Chechnya in 2009, will sing at the event. 

We are delighted to be joined by such an inspiring panel of women, and would like to invite you to join us too. You can purchase tickets to attend HERE for £20 (a day pass, giving you access to plenty of other events throughout the day). To read more about the event and speakers, click HERE

We hope to see you there!

Follow Refusing To Be Silenced on Twitter! @Refuse2beSilent   

Support the 2015 Anna Politkovskaya Award! PDF E-mail

 Anna Politkovskaya Award 2015

Anna Politkovskaya Award

This is an annual award presented by RAW in WAR on or around the 7th October, to mark the anniversary of the murder of Anna Politikovskaya - the Russian campaigning journalist who exposed the truth about human rights abuses in the conflict in Chechnya and paid for it with her life. The Award is presented at a special event in London to a woman human rights defender, working in an area of conflict and oppression, who has made an exceptional contribution to protect the victims of war and conflict, often in the face of considerable personal risk. 

Previous award winners include:

2007: Natalia Estemirova (Chechnya/Russia)
2008: Malalai Joya (Afghanistan)
2009: Leila Alikarami on behalf of One Million Signatures Campaign (Iran)
2010: Dr Halima Bashir (Darfur/Sudan)
2011: Razan Zaitouneh (Syria)
2012: Marie Colvin (USA)
2013: Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)
2014: Vian Dakhil (Iraq)
To learn more about the award, click HERE 

In 2013, our small team here at RAW in WAR put together a fantastic evening at the London Southbank Centre, with guests and supporters joining us as we awarded Malala Yousafzai the seventh annual Anna Politkovskaya Award. The night was one of celebration and education - as we acknowledged the incredible work of women human rights defenders taking place in areas of war and armed conflict across the globe. The evening included performances by Dame Evelyn Glennie, Labi Siffre, Lorraine Jordan, Disarm and the Badac Theatre Company. With Lyse Doucet acting as a wonderful Master of Ceremony, and special guest Sir Nicholas Winton presenting the award to Malala, the 2013 Anna Politkovskaja Award was a night to remember.
This past October, we awarded the Iraqi MP - Vian Dakhil - the eighth annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, on behalf of all Yazidi and Iraqi women besieged by Islamic State. With Vian busy working in Iraq at the time, we were unable to hold an event in London - but we are thrilled that she will be joining us at the Southbank Centre in March for the WOW - Women of the World Festival! 

Today, the RAW in WAR team is already working to prepare the 2015 Anna Politkovskaya Award - for which we will be organising an event in London in October to honour another exceptional and brave woman human rights defender from a conflict zone in the world! Your support would help us ensure another night to remember - not just in organising the award ceremony itself, but in supporting the work of the new award winner, as we present a monetary equivalent of the award to the winner. It would 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.

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

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
IBAN GB74COUT18000207455186 

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 
Free Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues in Syria PDF E-mail

Razan Zaitouneh Free 


Today, RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) joins 56 human rights organisations from around the world calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Razan Zaitouneh  – the prominent Syrian human rights lawyer and the recipient of RAW in WAR’s 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award  - and her three colleagues. Since their abduction from the Violations Documentation Center (VDC)  in the Damascus’ suburb of Douma a year ago today, their condition and whereabouts have remained unknown. 

Razan Zaitouneh’s determined and courageous writing and truth-telling brought attention to those unable to have the world’s ear. Her voice was the heart and soul of those seeking peace and freedom in Syria. Razan’s work has deeply impressed us at RAW in WAR, as it has many around the world - including the European Parliament, which awarded her the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. But her voice has also angered those whose violence and abuse she exposed. It is with pain that we recognize that her deep humanity and urge to tell the truth and expose the injustice was the only possible reason for her abduction. Today, we urge everyone able to help ensure Razan’s release to do everything possible to secure her and her colleagues’ freedom. 

In 2011, when Razan Zaitouneh learned that she had been selected for the Anna Politkovskaya Award, she wrote a letter to Anna, in which she said: 

“Dear Anna, I am aware that your passion for truth and the defense of human dignity, for which you gave your life, is but a link in a chain that stretches across the world, through individuals and entire peoples, all of whom believe in everyone's right to live free of oppression, humiliation, and subjugation. …What we share in humanity transcends languages, nationalities, and borders, just as tyranny and corruption share the same essence although they differ in details. …Each step forward towards peace and justice in any part of the world benefits all humanity. I would like to remind the world that the Syrian people, who were victims to all those crimes yet still patient and persistent, are people who deserve much more than complicit silence, or timid criticism from those who have failed to refer this regime to the International Criminal Court despite acknowledging its crimes.”


  VIDEO: A RAW in WAR Documentary Film: The winner of the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award - RAZAN ZAITOUNEH 


Syria: No word on four abducted activists
 A year on, no information on Douma Four

The prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Khalil, Wa’el Hamada and Nazem Hamadi – the Douma Four—remain missing a year after their abduction, 57 organizations said today. The four were abducted in Duma, a city near Damascus under the control of armed opposition groups. They should be released immediately, the groups said.  

To read the full statement, click HERE.  


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