It’s mango season in Yei. After weeks of heavy downpours, the ripe, delicious fruit is literally falling off the trees, providing a ready, nutritious source of food and income.
Sexual based violence
Connecting the women in our program and their families to health and medical services remains a high priority for improving health outcomes and overall empowerment.
Little was moving as we made our way along the dusty stretch of dirt road connecting Juba to Yei in the scorching mid-day sun.
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.
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.
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.
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.