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Posted by The IRC on January 8th, 2013
When families are forced to flee, they run for their lives. There’s often no time to pack the most basic items – even a change of clothing. The IRC is doing its part to help, delivering 3,000 emergency kits to women and their families. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 2nd, 2013
Congratulations to the IRC's director of women's protection and empowerment, Heidi Lehmann, as well as the 20 other inspiring change-makers recognized by Women's E-News as "21 leaders for the 21st century." more »
Posted by Peter Biro on December 24th, 2012
Fatima is one of the many women who have sought comfort and support in one of two centers for refugee women and girls that the IRC has opened in Lebanon in partnership with a local aid group. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 21st, 2012
Negotiations between rebel forces and the Congolese government are stalled, and fears persist that insurgents will once again capture North Kivu’s provincial capital, Goma, and then continue south. 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 October 2nd, 2012
As part of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, actress Eva Mendes visited the IRC-supported Girls With a Future program in Freetown, Sierra Leone. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 1st, 2012
Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. She found help from the IRC. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on September 28th, 2012
In crisis zones where the IRC provides aid, millions of women and girls have witnessed extreme violence, suffered immeasurable loss, endured the chaos of displacement and experienced unimaginable abuse and brutality. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 18th, 2012
The IRC's Elizabeth Pender tells CNN how the IRC is helping women and girls who have fled brutal fighting in Sudan's Nuba Mountains only to experience sexual violence in an overflowing refugee camp in South Sudan. Watch video. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 28th, 2012
Check out IRC-UK media officer Stefano Gelmini's latest piece on Huff Post UK about an innovative IRC program tackling violence against women in Ivory Coast through social and traditional media. more »