Timeline

2015

  • January-March 2015 – Abolish 153 had completed The Support for Training, Advocacy and Networking for Development program (STAND) is a regional initiative aimed at building the capacity of local civil society through training, funding, and networking opportunities. It was funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) through a non-profit organization, PARTNERS Global (PDC), and implemented by en.v in Kuwait.
  • March 8th, 2015 – Launch of the visual campaign, with the help of 2 local photographers.
  •  May 15th, 2015  – Gala for introducing the Abolish article 153 campaign. Ms.Fatin Abu Chakra from KAFA Beirut, was invited to tell us about the experience that they had gone through whilst removing the Honour killing law.
  • May 16th, 2015  –  First fundraising art exhibition that was held at the Contemporary Art Platform.
  • November 4th, 2015  – Symposium on Women and Social Change” symposium featured two other female civil society organizations, Weoritu and Soroptimists International Club Kuwait, and Rana Al Husseini.
  • November 6th, 2015 – Meeting with MP Rakan Al Nisf and MP Faisal Alshaya regarding legislation changes for article 153, at the Parliamentary building.
  • November 7-9th, 2015 – Music event at AlHamra mall to commemorate UN international day to end violence against women. The musicians and students were from the Kuwait Teachers college.
  • November 13-16th, 2015 – NGO training for the STAND program in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • November 29th-3rd December 2015 – Event at Boxhill college (women’s college) ‘ Be strong’ campaign regarding the issues of violence against women in our society and knowledge about article 153.
  • December 6th, 2015  – Meeting with MP Yousef Alzalzaleh regarding legislation changes for female safety and empowerment at the Parliamentary building.
  • December 15th, 2015  – Meeting with MP Khalil Al Saleh regarding legislation changes for female safety and empowerment at the Parliamentary building.
  • December 29th, 2015  – The Abolish team meet with Speaker of the house Mr. Marzouq Alghanim regarding how this law effects family’s in Kuwait.
  • December 29th, 2015  – The Abolish members meet with the Minister of justice Yaqoub Alsane and MP Khalil Al Saleh to discuss legal advice around abolishing article 153.

2016

  • January 9th, 2016 – MP Saleh Ashour asked a question on the constitutional of the article 153 to the Minister of Justice.
  • January 24th, 2106  – A lunch invitation at the residence of the US ambassador Douglas Sullivan and wife Catherine to discuss matters regarding the campaign.
  • February 17th, 2016  – meeting at the Kuwait Human Rights society confirming that 153 is against CEDAW, legislation and Sharia law.
  • March 5th, 2016  – Abolish 153 participated in the UN Women’s March ending violence against women in NYC
  • March 8th, 2016  – Organized a film night containing several films that talk about violence against women around the world. This was viewed in Al-Shaheed park with 150 attendees.
  • April 13th, 2016  – Abolish 153 takes part in a civil society networking event hosted by en.v.
  • April 13th, 2016  – UN women representatives at UN house to discuss advocacy, empowerment and the way forward.
  • April 16th, 2016  – Intensive Training course on Gender Based Violence: Advocates, systems and impact. This course was offered to several NGOs and CSOs, at the accura showroom.
  • April 17th-18th, 2016  – Intensive training course on First response, shelter structure, and application development for Abolish 153 members only.
  • April 28th-May 5th, 2016  – Annual fundraising art show which kicked off in Dubai to create coalitions with NGOs in Dubai. Organized by JAMM Art Gallery Dubai.
  • May 16th-19th, 2016  – Annual fundraising art show continues to Kuwait at the FA Gallery.
  • June 13th, 2016  – The Abolish 153 team flies to Bahrain to visit the Women’s crisis care international office in Manama as part of the campaigns regional coalition in fighting violent legislation and capacity building.
  • September 21st, 2016  – Meeting with Kuwait Speaker’s parliamentary affairs and legal team to discuss media, youth, curriculum changes and the fight to end violent legislation.
  • September 24th, 2016  – Abolish 153 and Kuwait Human Rights Society held a joint press conference to announce the findings of the national survey on attitudes to violence against women in Kuwait, presented by Dr. Justin Gengler, Programs director at SESRI, Qatar University.
  • November 2nd, 2016  – Team Abolish 153 attends a workshop on the management and development policies for setting up shelters. Hosted by the wcss.
  • December 12th, 2016  – Team abolish 153 meets with the new US ambassador Lawrence Silverman and his wife Vicky at their residence to discuss the status of the campaign.
  • December 20th, 2016  – Abolish 153 wins the EU Chaillot award for Human Rights in the GCC region.

2017

  • February 4th, 2017  – Conducted a workshop on Gender Based Violence: prevention training in English at the Promenade cultural center, Hawalli.
  • February 6th-10th, 2017  – Conducted a Violence prevention drama workshop and production for the youth.
  • February 13th, 2017  – Met with district 2 representative Rakan Al Nisf in Kuwait’s national parliament to discuss constitutional and parliamentary processes.
  • February 13th, 2017 – Abolish 153 had met with MP Safa Alhashem regarding stratergys for the awareness campaign regarding domestic violence and article 153 in the tribal areas of Kuwait. At her parliamentary office.
  • February 13th, 2017  – Abolish 153 had met with the Kuwait’s parliamentary women’s and family committee chair MP Saleh Ashour, MP Safa Alhashem and committee consultant Dr. Rabih Alchaer.
  • February 18th, 2017  – Conducted a workshop on Gender Based Violence: prevention training in Arabic at the Promenade cultural center, Hawalli.
  • February 19th, 2017  – Abolish 153 was invited to the American University of Kuwait to give a lecture regarding article 153 by the Project manager and the project officer.
  • March 8th, 2017  – Abolish 153 hosted an evening of poetry and cultural conversations for International Women’s Day, at Al-Shaheed park.
  • March 22nd, 2017  – Abolish 153 conducted a lecture about Dispelling sterotypes: women’s rights in the Gulf states, as part of the LSE Kuwait program, at LSE London, UK.
  • April 6th, 2017  – Team Abolish 153 meet with MP Ahmed Nabil Alfadhel, and shares campaign objectives.
  • April 15th, 2017  – Met with District 2 MP Omar Tabtabae to introduce our sister NGO Eithar, and the importance of abolishing article 153.
  • May 1st, 2017  – was given a closed workshop on how to improve the team’s policies and procedures for helping abuse victims and survivors.
  • May 8th, 2017  – The presentation of the EU Chaillot Prize for Human Rights. The ceremony was attended by all the EU Managing director in the GCC, EU ambassadors, US ambassador, held at Dar Hamad, Kuwait.
  • May 16th, 2017  – Annual Abolish 153 fundraising art exhibition that was held at The Hub, Kuwait.
  • May 20th, 2017  – Hosted a workshop on Effective campaigning, and implementing political leadership, grassroots building to increase politically active women. Al-Shaheed park, Kuwait
  • June 20th, 2017  – Had a visit from Adel Al-Qallaf to discuss CEDAW and future civil society workshops.
  • July 1st, 2017  – District 2 representative Omar Tabtabae had officially adapted the 153 campaign and managed to convince 4 other MPs to sign an official parliamentarian request to abolish article 153 thereby giving urgent status. The national assembly shall reconvene in October .
  • September 4-5th, 2017 – Organized Workshop for the attendees representing Kuwait at the Convention on the limitation of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at American University of Kuwait.
  • September 14th, 2017 – visited by EU representative Lucia Manrique Escudero, Counsellor for Political Affairs who represents the EU Delegation in the GCC. Lucia presented us with the Chaillot Prize award trophy and spoke to us about future collaborations with other NGOs recognized by the EU.
  • September 23rd – Abolish 153 has organized Safecity (application for smartphones) Launch and conducted discussion on GBV (gender based violence) at Promenade Cultural Center.
  • September 23rd and 25th – Organized English language workshop Inside Outside Advocacy. Political leadership and grassroots advocacy.
  • September 24th and 26th – Organized Arabic language workshop Inside Outside Advocacy. Political leadership and grassroots advocacy.
  • October 9th, 2017 – Abolish 153 meets with the Confederation of Danish Industry representatives which are operating on behalf of EU Trade commission delegation.
  • October 16th – Abolish 153 interview for KTV2 interview on the CEDAW convention, the Abolish 153 campaign, @soroptimistkuwait and how civil society in Kuwait can work with both the government and legislators to push for more gender equality.
  • October 31st, 2017 – Abolish 153 attended CEDAW 68 at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, and delivered an oral statement to the committee.
  • November 1st – Abolish 153 is proud to partner with the University of Maryland as Kuwait’s NGO on this exciting project to promote Women as Partners in Progress.
  • November 13th, 2017 – Abolish 153 participated in NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
  • November 14, 2017 – Annual Symposium on Violence against women: Advocacy and politics – Where do they meet ? featuring MP Omar Altabtabaee, Dr. Ghanim Al-Najjar, Baia Pataraia, Dr. Maha Al Muneef and Sundus Hamza.
  • December 4-6th, 2017 – Gender Based Violence and Self Defense training with Lina Khalifeh “She Fighter” at the Kuwait Sports Club.
  • December 7-9th, 2017 – Abolish 153 participated in Regional Conference: Model Law on Violence against Women & Girls in the Arab Countries, Beirut
    December 13-14th, 2017 – Abolish 153 joins the coalition of women MPs in a strategy meeting to repeal discriminatory laws towards women & girls in the MENA region. Amman, Jordan
  • December 13th, 2017 –Abolish Article 153 participated Khaleejesque’s Kilmtain platform with talk Gender Equality through Creative Pursuits.
  • December 19, 2017 – Abolish 153 attends and contributes to the IMAGES (The International Men & Gender Equality Survey) survey on gender based violence organized by UN Women, and the Women’s Research and Studies Center at Kuwait University and the Supreme Council of Development and Planning at UN House.

2018




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