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KENYA: And Still I Have No House

Widowed at age 25 and HIV positive, Afline tells her story of family betrayal and pleads with President Obama to pass IVAWA for the women of Kenya. Read More »

"After the burial of my husband I expected a 'normal' life as a widow, but that was never to be."

Afline

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SOMALIA: A World Free of Violence

For Ruun Abdi of Somalia, IVAWA means a world where the women of her community are free from the every day threat of violence. Read More »

"The women of the world know that you have the power and capability to help women and girls across nations."

Ruun Abdi

Community Voices

For the Millions of Hushed Voices

From her home in Cameroon, Shekina urges President Obama to pass IVAWA to liberate women from what she calls a subtle and brutal form of slavery. Read More »

"Our imaginations cannot thrive when the world gives a deaf ear to the raging acts of violence that are perpetrated against us day and night."

Shekina

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Because I Was Born a Girl

Speaking out from the Maldives, Amei raises her voice for the women who suffer in silence, and asks President Obama to pass IVAWA. Read More »

"In my small, close-knit island community, people never speak out about abuse and mistreatment. We only hear the whispers of our suffering elders."

Amei

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My Hope for Afghan Women

Parwana Fayyaz urges President Obama and the US Senate to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, and shares her vision for a new Afghanistan—where women are empowered and free from violence. Read More »

"Although we are sometimes invisible, women too are traveling in this broken ship, and we are part of this land."

Parwana Fayyaz

Edwidge Danticat: Return to Haiti

Internationally acclaimed author and memoirist on her homeland, post-disaster. Read More »

"Recovery efforts can learn a lot from the way women have been recovering for years—from droughts, from floods, from hurricanes."

Haiti: Honoring the Ancestors

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: It’s September, nearly nine months after the massive January 12 earthquake that leveled the capital in a 30-second spasm, irrevocably altering Haiti’s present and future. Read More »

"Haitian women carry the burden of the country on their heads."

Michaelle Jean | General Governor of Canada

Visionary Leaders

Why I Run

With one step, Lisa Shannon ignited a global movement to end violence in the Congo. Read More »

"I discovered I could use my own body to fight for women whose bodies have become emblems of war."

Lisa Shannon

PHOTO ESSAY: Documenting the Lives of Girls in Haiti

In the 1300 tent cities scattered across post-earthquake Haiti, young girls are coming of age amidst threats of sexual violence, rampant disease, and makeshift living conditions. Photographer Nadia Todres visited the camps of Port-au-Prince to document the precarious lives of girls on the ground. Read More »

Visionary Leaders

Bearing Witness: Girls and Women in Haiti’s Camps

When Didi Bertrand Farmer returned to Haiti, she was unprepared for what she saw in the tent cities: an increase in sexual violence; mothers forced to leave their vulnerable daughters; young girls, pregnant as a result of rape. Read More »

"In Haiti, women are the centerpost—the potomitan—of our families and society."

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