VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
A fearless advocate for Somali women in Dadaab
November 25, 2011 by Jane Yang
|Ruth Kimaathi wearing an outfit made with fabric dyed by Somali women in a business skills training program the IRC runs in the Dadaab refugee camp. Photo: Jane Yang/IRC|
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. International Rescue Committee grants intern Jane Yang writes about how the IRC protects and empowers women who have made the dangerous trip from Somalia to a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya.
As the sun sets over Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, my IRC colleague Ruth Kimaathi happily takes time out to sip milky Kenyan tea and talk with me about her job: counseling courageous women who have endured conflict and famine in Somalia.