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.
George Rupp talks about the ripple effects of gender inequality for the Half the Sky movement. George Rupp has been president of the International Rescue Committee since July 2002. As the IRC's chief executive officer, Dr. Rupp oversees the agency's relief and development operations in over 40 countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States.
September 28, 2012 - In West Africa and around the world, silence too often hides the violence that many girls and women suffer. The International Rescue Committee respects the decisions of the individuals we assist—standing together and supporting women and girls who wish to break the silence and speak out about their experiences, and safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of those who do not.