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ZIMBABWE: Middle Class Women Have Needs Too

Zimbabwean writer Fungai Machirori makes the case that gender development isn't just for the poor. She challenges new UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet to support leadership opportunities for women at all income levels. Read More »

"By nurturing positive examples of women in the developing world, we debunk negative stereotypes and give women and girls hope that they too may rise up one day to assume positions of authority."

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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

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

Community Voices

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

Community Voices

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

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

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."

Visionary Leaders

Choose Peace—End the Siege on Gaza

With peace talks beginning between Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, the world is looking for signs of hope in the Middle East. From a ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Mairead Maguire stresses the role for nonviolent activism. Read More »

"Just as it brought peace to Northern Ireland, nonviolent resistance will bring peace to this war torn region."

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