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Posted by The IRC on November 26th, 2012
November 25 to December 10 are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. What are you doing during these two weeks to take action against violence? Tomorrow, the IRC is part of a special 16 Days Twitter chat. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 26th, 2012
When violence broke out in Kenya after the disputed 2008 presidential elections, more than 1,300 people lost their lives. With new elections scheduled for this coming March, the IRC is working with Kenyan partners to avert a repeat of the past. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 10th, 2011
Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day — today also marks the end of the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence." We’d love to know why you’re passionate about making a better world for women and girls. Share your story. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 28th, 2011
Take action and make your voice heard during the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women (November 25 - December 10). Send a Wake Up Call to your friends, family and networks and start the conversation. more »
Posted by Jane Yang on November 25th, 2011
As the sun sets over Dadaab, my IRC colleague Ruth Kimaathi happily takes time out after a long day to sip tea and talk with me about her job: counseling courageous women who have endured conflict and famine in Somalia. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 30th, 2010
Guest blogger Brenna O’Rourke is an IRC intern in Chad, where the IRC is providing health care and other essential services to 58,000 Darfuri refugees and local communities. We also reach out to men and boys to change attitudes that foster violence against women. more »
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Posted by The IRC on December 10th, 2009
A Pakistani woman named Mukhtar Mai made news around the world in 2002 when she took a group of men to court after they raped her in what they called “honor revenge” against her family because of something Mai’s brother had done. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 9th, 2009
In a small, thatched hut in a refugee camp on the Ethiopian border with Somalia, a group of women is having an animated discussion about the appropriate age for marriage. Miryama, a 16-year-old holding a small baby of her own, says she won’t choose the same path for her daughter that she took herself. Like many girls in this community, Miryama was forced to abandon school when she was just 14 to marry an older man. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 9th, 2009
Angelina was 16 years old when her mother told her that she would have to get married. She had already agreed on a husband for her daughter, a man in the village. Angelina didn’t know this man, but he owned a lot of cows — cows that her family needed for their livelihood. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 8th, 2009
Liberia, my country, has just come out of a tumultuous period of war. Young girls were taken as “wives” by fighters during the civil conflict, which officially ended in 2003. Fearing what would happen if they deserted — and with little or no education, skills or support — these kidnapped children were particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. more »

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