With the recent news stories and reports about the ongoing epidemic level of rape used as a weapon of war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you may feel the same outrage I feel and a need to do something
to end this violence. There is something you can do...
I would like to take you on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya where the WITNESS team recently conducted a ten-day training for 17 women’s rights activists representing 14 organizations from 5 countries. These activists, some of whom are victims-survivors of gender-based violence themselves, are learning how to use video to tackle some of the world’s most challenging human rights issues.
Their visual stories will support their campaigns to reform Sudan’s oppressive rape law; address systemic rape as a weapon of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic; work to end bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan; and fight to end gender-based violence in Kawagware, a large settlement in Kenya.
These amazing activists are experts in their field, but this is the first time many of them have had the opportunity to integrate video into their advocacy campaigns.
With WITNESS’ leadership, these organizations will now be able to strengthen and catalyze their campaigns with powerful, personal stories that cannot be buried or forgotten.
These brave men and women have the courage to bear witness to atrocities and fight for change. They just need the tools. With your support, we can continue to give them the resources they need to strengthen their advocacy campaigns.
Your donations support trainings like the one in Kenya and ongoing support by WITNESS for these campaigns.
Right now, as part of WITNESS’ spring campaign, Project: FOCUS, a generous supporter is matching every donation
, but only until Friday, June 3rd. Thank you to everyone who has already donated, shared the links, and attended our recent event, but we still need your help to raise support and awareness for our work while we have this amazing opportunity. Please join me in the fight to end violence against women