The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned about recent incidents of sexual violence reported by women and girls fleeing renewed conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan state for the Yida refugee settlement in South Sudan. “We are concerned about the safety of women and girls fleeing conflict in South Kordofan and we are hearing reports of sexual assault while they are on the road to get here,” said Stephanie Puccetti, the IRC’s emergency women’s protection and empowerment manager in Yida.
Rhoda Mukamba (second from left) lost her husband and her home when mobs attacked her Kenyan village in January 2008 after a disputed presidential election. With new elections scheduled for this coming March, the IRC is working with partners and communities in Kenya to avert a repeat of the violence.
Left to right: IRC women’s protection and empowerment officer Ruth Kimaathi, IRC supervisor Sadia Diriye, trainee Mumina Mohamed and trainer Mariam Hassan with colorful baskets, tie-dyed dresses and other products made by Somali women living in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex.
The International Rescue Committee's Amie Kandeh, a leading advocate in Sierra Leone for women's rights and protection, is featured in the documentary Half the Sky on PBS. Amie helped open three centers in Sierra Leone to aid survivors of sexual assault. She has also pioneered innovative programs that aim to end violence and empower women and girls.
From PBS Independent Lens - One Girl's Long Road to School and Safety in Sierra Leone: Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Finding herself homeless, Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. Finally breaking free and seeking help at the Rainbo Center with Amie Kandeh and the International Rescue Committee, Agnes hopes to become a doctor and help others.