Photo (USAID): Rape victims who have been successfully reintegrated into their communities assemble in a "peace hut" near Walungu, South Kivu in DRC
"Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake." - Nicholas Kristof
These words recently appeared in Kristof's disturbing New York Times opinion piece, which shed light on the vicious injustices against women in the Congo. More than 200,000 people have been reported killed by the earthquake that hit Haiti last month. Yet, according to the International Rescue Committee, 5.4 million people in the Congo have died from conflict-related causes since 1998. And we hardly hear about it.
During the month of February, with help from viewers and fans, Link TV reached their goal of donating $500 to Women for Women International's Run for Congo Women campaign. In addition to supporting this worthy cause, Link TV's Facebook fanbase increased by over 1,000 new members, expanding the impact of Link's unique programming and related calls for action around important worldwide causes like the war in Congo. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort!
March is Women's History Month! Kicking off with International Women's Day on March 8th, people all over the world gather at this time each year to celebrate the accomplishments of women and their progress towards gaining gender equality worldwide.
Here are some action ideas from UniversalGiving:
Run for Congo Women is a grassroots movement which benefits Women for Women International's work in the Congo - where rape and torture are a daily reality for many women and children. Through Run for Congo Women, you can join a local running event and sponsor a woman in the Congo to provide direct assistance towards food, medicine and other live-saving needs. Click here to take action now!
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