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CAMBODIA: Girls Discarded Like Soiled Linen

Cambodian student Sarvina Kang urges the newly formed UN Women agency to address root causes of sex trafficking in her country. Read More »

"The idea that girls and women are disposable commodities still prevails in Cambodian society."

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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

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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

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