Friday, June 25, 2010
CRISIS IN CONGO: WOMEN AS WEAPONS OF WAR
Today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), people are still struggling after one of the deadliest wars in all history. Millions died and new conflicts threaten peace every day.
Perhaps worse than the loss of life is the staggering numbers of human rights violations – torture, mutilation and sexual violence that has occurred against tens of thousands of women and children.
Field Update: $7 Million Dollar Grant to Aid Rape Survivors in Congo. Read about Women for Women International's Participation
With Your Help Today Women for Women International Can Continue Its Success in the DR Congo
We are making enormous strides in DR Congo, but our work is far from done. The women are filled with hope that you will help them continue to rebuild their lives. You're not only changing the course of one woman's life – you're support and generosity improves entire villages and communities!
In the last two years, we have expanded our program to reach remote villages and have now served over 24,000 women and 131,581 family and community members since our start. Women for Women International program in DR Congo is working:
88% report having improvement in personal and family health
86% report having improved their economic situation
88% of women expressed increased self-confidence
83% report having a greater knowledge of their rights
88% expressed being more active in their community
87% report being more active in family decision making.
"This program has dared me to hope of having a house, of living in peace, of reclaiming my dynamism, my dignity.... I would like to be someone of value again."
Behind the Scenes with 60 Minutes
"It is Monday morning, November 5, 2007. Since I arrived here, we have, on all fronts, been working hard to capture this story for CBS news 60 minutes … on the rape epidemic in the Eastern Congo.”
- Judithe Registre, Women for Women International
Make a Generous $50 Donation Today and You'll Help Provide a Women in the DR Congo or Other War Town Nations Around the World With:
Important rights awareness training
Health and literacy training
Job skills training
Money for food, clothes and schooling
A support system to help her go from victim to survivor to active citizen
Your Donation's are Used for:
Income Generation: 79%
School/School Fees: 77%
source: women for women
Violence against women is a worldwide yet still hidden problem. Freedom from the threat of harassment, battering, and sexual assault is a concept that most of us have a hard time imagining because violence is such a deep part of our cultures and lives.