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Wake Up Call: Monika Bakayoko-Topolska - Abidjan, Ivory Coast
January 19, 2011 by The IRC
|Monika Bakayoko-Topolska Photo: The IRC|
From California to Congo, women and girls face unspeakable violence and abuse. Yet each day women and men are fighting to boldly reimagine a safer world. Find out what keeps them going despite incredible obstacles — check back next Wednesday for a new story from our recently-launched Web site, The Wake Up Call.
"'What is the problem? The goats and the sheep give birth without any assistance, why not my wife?'"
- The International Rescue Committee's Monika Bakayoko-Topolska, quoting a man in one village in Ivory Coast who refused his pregnant wife permission to get a pre-natal check-up. Shocked by how low a woman's postion was in her community, Monika channeled her outrage toward raising awareness among the village, whose women she knew had the strength to create change.