Today is the culmination of the Nobel Women's Inititative's conference to end sexual violence in conflict. And how appropriate--they are ending it with a day of action! Love it. Here is their call to action:
Did you know that up 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide? Did you know that over 64,000 women were raped in Sierra Leone? Did you know that over 40,000 women were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina? Did you know that thousands of women are raped every day in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo?
Enough is enough. Thursday is our international day of action against sexual violence in conflict.
At the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative conference this Tuesday, Mallika Dutt took the stage with former President Bill Clinton and issued a call to end violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Mallika Dutt is the executive director of Breakthrough. She kindly spoke at our joint conference with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM this June, presenting her latest campaign, Bell Bajao (Ring the Bell).
Originally posted by Rylee Sommers-Flagan June 24, 2010 on EmoryWheel,com (Emory University's student newspaper)
I’ve long been suspicious that editorialists and editorial boards, despite purporting to speak on behalf of their audiences, are not demographically representative of the larger population. These suspicions were confirmed for me last week in a workshop with a group called the OpEd Project.
According to several studies, men dominate something called “thought leadership” in the United States. Specifically, male voices make up about 85 percent of those present in the national editorial conversation. They supply the perspective in opinion media, vastly outnumbering female representation in talk shows, expert interviews, and op-ed pieces across our country.
As ethnic tension boils over into violence in Kyrgyzstan this week, rumors have begun to surface on the ground that amid the rioting, shooting and chaos, Kyrgyz women are being raped. Whether or not the rumor is true, the situation is all too familiar. When violence breaks out, women and girls, already vulnerable, are often among the first casualties, and the violence is often systematic, designed to demoralize their communities.