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Ann Jones Blogs "16 Days of Activism" from West Africa
November 22, 2007 by The IRC
The International Rescue Committee is working with writer, photographer and long-time women's advocate Ann Jones to give women in war zones an opportunity to speak, loudly and clearly. With digital cameras, women who have survived conflict, displacement, discrimination, sexual and domestic violence vividly document their own lives and make their voices heard.
Ann will be blogging from West Africa, posting these survivors' photos and stories each day for 16 days, starting Sunday, Nov. 25 -- the kick-off of "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence." You can
sign up here to get e-mail updates on her latest posts and the 16 Days campaign and catch up on any posts you missed here.
More about Ann from her Web site:
Ann has spent her life traveling the world and speaking up for people — especially women — whose voices are hard to hear. An activist for civil rights, women’s rights, and peace, she has written a series of books about women and violence. She also worked at day jobs she loved, sometimes teaching writing and women’s studies as a university professor, and sometimes traveling as an international journalist and photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Outside, The Nation, and the New York Times. After 9/11 she went to Afghanistan as a volunteer to teach Afghan high school English teachers and to work on behalf of women. She wrote about her experiences there in Kabul in Winter.
UPDATE, Jan 7 - Check out Ann's latest posts from Liberia. She'll be blogging each Monday and Thursday into February.