International Women's Day 2013: Everyday heroes
March 8, 2013 by The IRC
International Women’s Day is March 8. Today we honor four extraordinary women: everyday heroes who provide care – and a listening ear – to those most in need, and who strive for better lives for themselves and their communities.
Areej Obeidat is a nurse at an IRC clinic in Mafraq, Jordan, where Syrian refugees receive free primary and reproductive healthcare.
Photo: Ned Colt/IRC
Bushra Naji started over in the United States after fleeing violence in Iraq and gives back to her new community every day.
Photo: Christopher Anderson/Magnum in The New Yorker
Brigitte's tenacity and will to learn helped her overcome the obstacles that had kept her out of school until she was 28
Photo: SInziana Demian/IRC
When she was 17, she moved to live with her husband. Although he knew how to read and write, he never taught his wife the alphabet.
Nyibol Akot Padiet (left) is an IRC-trained volunteer community health worker, who provides care to children under five in her village in South Sudan.
Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC