I was a happy woman, wife, and mother before the war came to my front door. After high school, I wanted to earn some money and explore the city so I went to be a babysitter for a family in Bukavu.
Gender based violence
I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died. I was very sad and even angry to have stopped going to school, but I had no choice as my mother was sick and I had to work to support her.
My last name, Dudic, is one that I got from marriage. Even though I am divorced, I have never changed it back. I have a son and a daughter, and my wrecked marriage has actually yielded some good.
I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood. When I was six years old, my brother lost a dog-fighting match and started fighting with my cousin which led to my cousin’s death.
As London prepares to host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict next week, I wanted to share with you why I believe this is such an important moment in time.
Rima Salah is a member of the Board of Directors at Women for Women International, where she serves as a member of the Program Committee.
People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing the World,” Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business” in 2016.
Seida Saric serves as the Director of Žene za Žene International Association Sarajevo, an independent local organization dedicated to women’s empowerment, in association with Women for Women International.
Iliriana Jaka Gashi serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Kosovo, where she manages programs that have served more than 32,000 women since 1999.
Antoinette Uwimana serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Rwanda, where she manages programs that have served more than 75,000 women since 1997.