Sexual based violence

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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