Violence

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks upon accepting the “Champion of Peace” Award at Women for Women International’s 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration

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At Women for Women International, we continually assess the impact of our program on the women we serve to ensure it meets women where they are, and helps them move towards achieving their goals and dreams.

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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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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’m 39 years old. I’m married and I have two children of my own, a son and a daughter. And I have adopted five more children, because of the genocide.

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I’m married with five children—three girls and two boys. I’m 50 years old. I was the eighth child, out of ten in our family. Rwanda was where I was when the genocide began. I escaped during the genocide and did not return to Rwanda until after it ended.

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“Throughout my life I have faced many hardships,” says Zainab, a 43-year-old woman who lives in Ogbagbala village in Kogi State, Nigeria. She is married and has six children—three boys and three girls, ages 5 through 25.

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Kadire Tahiraj is a mother of three, and lives with her husband and children in a small two room house.

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Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job. “I was left to care for my four children with no income.

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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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