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Posted by The IRC on February 11th, 2013
Tune in tonight for the rebroadcast of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on PBS. Part 1 features the IRC's work in Sierra Leone to protect and empower survivors of sexual violence. more »
Posted by Alina Potts on January 14th, 2013
For adolescents, fitting in is often hard—and it is certainly no exception as refugee in Lebanon. After the horrors many experienced in Syria, girls speak of the difficulties they face in their daily lives: how their new community treats them, how it feels to be teased or unable to go to school. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 12th, 2013
Three years after Haiti's devastating earthquake, the IRC's country director in Haiti looks at some of the greatest challenges facing Haitians as they recover and rebuild. First: women's ongoing struggles with sexual violence and poverty. 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 The IRC on May 8th, 2012
Many Somali girls in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp leave school, marry and become pregnant soon after puberty because bearing many children is a sign of prestige in their community. Asha, an 18-year-old mentor to younger girls in the camp, shares her own story. more »
Posted by Jane Yang on April 23rd, 2012
In Kenya, matters of money are typically considered the man’s province. In an effort to address cultural inequities that affect economic growth, the IRC has been bringing spouses together to talk about the importance of setting goals collectively, as a family. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 4th, 2012
A young woman proudly displays the bread she baked during a vocational training session organized by the IRC in Burundi, where people are rebuilding their lives after twelve years of civil war. more »
Posted by Susan Dentzer on March 22nd, 2012
Reducing domestic violence in West Africa will require changing the status of women in society, chiefly among men. One of the IRC’s partners in this process in Liberia is a faith-based organization called Servants Of All Prayer. more »
Posted by Susan Dentzer on March 16th, 2012
On Tuesday, an IRC commission met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to report on what they had learned about domestic violence in her country and seek a common understanding on the need for action. more »
Posted by Susan Dentzer on March 13th, 2012
After listening to women talk about the abuses they had suffered at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends, Susan Dentzer and the other members of the IRC Commission on Domestic Violence brought the women's plea for change to the Liberian government. more »