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[26 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
“Why Do They Fight Their War on Women's Bodies?”

Guest commentary by Veronique Mistiaen
When a gorilla is killed in the mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is an outcry, and people mobilize great resources to protect the animals. Yet more than 500,000 women have been raped in the same region, and there is silence.
“We ask: ‘Why the silence of the developed countries?’”
This is a question DRC journalist Chouchou Namegabe asked at a hearing on sexual violence in the DRC before the US Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations in May.
“The women ask WHY? Why such atrocities? Why do they …

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[18 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Cheyla McCormack
USA
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, sang the ’70s rock band Three Dog Night. The one woman in three around the world who will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime knows that “one” is also the deadliest number that you’ll ever know.
My mother became “one” when my father would grab her hair to force her to face him, giving him a clear shot at pummeling and slapping her face. One day, to stop him, she picked up the scissors and …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
My Life Has Turned into a Hopeful One

Chantal Nimugire
Rwanda
I grew up and lived with my grandparent (0-6 years) and with my auntie (7-16 years) the whole of my childhood. My parents were living in other places. My mother was a single mother and I didn’t know my father. This was indeed a very sad and painful experience since the families where I stayed did not care to provide for me. In this situation, I greatly realized the importance of staying with your parents.
Out of my situation, I developed love, care, compassion, and advocacy for the rights of …

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[11 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]

Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
Womanpower is in the air this week. Though International Women’s Day (IWD) 2009 was officially observed on Sunday, March 8, it occurred partway through the 53rd annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings at the UN, which end tomorrow, and during Women’s Week and Women’s History Month. And on March 7 in Monrovia, Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President Tarja Halonen of Finland co-convened the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.
Women and Men United to End Violence …