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Posted by The IRC on March 28th, 2012
Fatuma, a widow, sells salt, sugar, rice and other staples from her roadside stall in the Galkacyo district of central Somalia. Poor access to clean water in her community ended in tragedy for her daughter. more »
Posted by Sara Wayne Callies on March 8th, 2012
Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies recently visited a Thai camp where the IRC assists Burmese refugees who have fled conflict and economic hardship at home. She writes about a refugee and IRC staff member whose mission is to make the camp a safe place for every woman who lives there. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 7th, 2012
The IRC has begun construction of a women and girl’s wellness center in the Yida refugee camp where sexual assault and domestic violence survivors can receive medical treatment and counseling. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 8th, 2012
Stories of horrific violence in Congo are all too common; however, there are even more attacks—especially on women and children—that we don’t hear about. Learn how an IRC-affiliated program is using cell phones to connect those who have experienced violence with those who can help them. more »
Posted by George Rupp on December 30th, 2011
In October, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote two columns about the epidemic of child rape in Sierra Leone. His reports were heart-wrenching, describing girls of tender age requiring treatment at an IRC rape center. more »
Posted by Heidi lehmann on December 8th, 2011
At the Dadaab refugee camp, where the IRC provides lifesaving services to refugees fleeing the drought and famine in Somalia, there has been a four-fold increase in reports of sexual violence since the start of the crisis in June. 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 November 2nd, 2011
Jeanne Helene Victor is one of a team of volunteers trained by the IRC to support survivors of sexual violence in their communities in Haiti. "When we intervene in cases of domestic violence, people listen to us," she says. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on October 18th, 2011
I recently visited the Kailahun Women’s Center -- a special place where women gather to talk, learn new skills, like soap-making and catering, and conduct business. It also serves as a safe house for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted and need short-term shelter. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on October 14th, 2011
“It is not your fault,” says the IRC’s Amie Kandeh, consoling a 14-year-old girl named Fulamatu. It’s an important message in a country where women and girls are regularly blamed for the rapes they suffer and assailants are rarely prosecuted. more »