Friday, October 19, 2012

Combat Terrifying Statistics: Take Action for Peace in Congo

In the eastern province of North Kivu alone, some 5,000 Congolese women have been raped this year.

"'The number of rapes has risen dramatically: we have registered around 5,000 women raped since the start of the year in North Kivu. It's very dramatic.' said Justin Paluku, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Heal Africa hospital in Goma, the provincial capital.  Renewed instability has engulfed the region since a group of soldiers mutinied from the army in April and began battling their former colleagues and sowing terror in the east."  © ANP/AFP

Such statistics can be overwhelming, but imagine your mother, sister or daughter attacked in such a way.  Then take action on behalf of these women. Call or e-mail Secretary Clinton to leave a message that the world is watching, and wants PEACE IN CONGO. Call the main line or send an e-mail, and in your own words, ask that action be taken.

Support the women and children of eastern Kivu through education. Through Action Kivu, you can start a monthly donation of just $8, and send a girl to secondary school, including her uniform, copy books, pencils and slates.

When actor and activist Robin Wright visited eastern Congo with the Enough Project, many women called upon her to remind Secretary Hillary Clinton of her commitment to women's rights and safety.

According to the Center for American Progress, "The Obama Administration and Secretary Clinton specifically have made advancing the status of women and girls a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, recognizing that until women around the world are accorded their full rights and afforded the opportunities to participate fully in the lives of their societies, global progress and global prosperity will have its own glass ceiling." ~Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

Watch the video and along with Robin Wright, meet the women of eastern Congo, then answer them, protect them and partner with them: call Secretary Clinton's office. The main switchboard for the U.S. Department of State is 202-647-4000.

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