Tag Archives | gender based injustice

What do actress Anne Hathaway and this Kenyan armed guard have in common?

They each have different genders, different skin colors, different languages, and very different day-to-day lives. But both Anne Hathaway and the armed guard below know that women and girls in Northern Kenya are in danger–they desperately need to be protected, especially during this time of extreme drought. This man stands guard as women and girls […]

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Seven ways women and girls are especially vulnerable during emergencies

I always sort of had an idea that women and girls living in extreme poverty suffered a bit more than men from disasters like war, a flood, an earthquake or a drought — it just seems logical, if you think about it. But I had no idea how much more acutely they feel pain from […]

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Holding out for justice in the Congo

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8 The Bible is riddled with examples of God’s love for justice and his commands for his people to “do justice” throughout their […]

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Celebrating the world’s newest country, South Sudan

It’s going to be one epic party tomorrow as the people of South Sudan bask in their new-found, long-awaited freedom. A tribeswoman prepares for the July 9 celebrations (photo from International Business Times) Some eight million will be celebrating in South Sudan itself, with thousands more spread across the world — refugees who fled their homes during the two-decades-long […]

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Four causes of violence against women in the Dominican Republic

“Never before have I seen a woman that’s eight months pregnant killed by her husband, and then he shoots himself,” says Dr. Martha Butler de Lister, the FH country director for the Dominican Republic (D.R.). Martha grew up in the D.R., and she has noticed a rising trend in violence — violence against women in […]

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Becoming a wife and a mother, while still a child – Part 2 (Child Brides)

“Early marriage in Mozambique is a form of sexual abuse,” says Halkeno Terfasa, FH program manager in Mozambique. Halkeno has worked with FH for more than five years. “I am saying this because, on marrying, a girl is expected to surrender her childhood and assume the role of a woman. This includes engaging in sexual relations […]

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War destroyed her, but community helped her rebuild

One of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman or girl is in the midst of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — increasing in fame as the rape capital of the world. Here, unconscionable rape is used as a weapon of terror, and it is effective. The emotional, social […]

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Have you ever wondered about this?

Have you ever wondered what a young woman born into extreme poverty does when she gets her period? How does she manage it in a place without drug stores, and how does it affect her daily life? At the very least, for women in poverty who lack basic hygiene supplies, this monthly event halts the […]

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Female Pakistani aid worker leads others with courage learned from her father and husband

This is not the typical story we hear about women in Pakistan. This account comes from David Burton, International Communications Officer for FH,  during a visit following the country’s worst floods in its history (floods began July 2010). Fields like this are not expected to recover and yield another crop until early 2012. On the […]

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What’s in a name? From Atonyawelo to Emmanuel

Once upon a time, there was a tiny girl whose name meant “child I shouldn’t have borne” — “Atonyawelo,” in the Lwo language of Northern Uganda. She was the product of rape endured by her 15-year-old mother, Betty. Betty was simply a pawn in a war … kidnapped by rebel soldiers and forced to kill […]

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