We hear all too frequently of the abuses suffered by women in the countries we work with. It was reported last month that a woman in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan was murdered by her mother-in-law and husband for failing to produce a son. In a recent report by Doctors without Borders, it was revealed that only 1% of pregnant women in DRC with HIV are receiving treatment, and one of the reasons given for this is that international donor support is being withdrawn. It is important that the international community supports women in Afghanistan, DRC and other war afflicted countries to ensure their voices are heard and their demands for peace and equality are met.
This year marks the beginning of the second century for International Women’s Day (IWD), and the beginning of a renewed effort to secure equality, security and a voice for women around the world. We would love you to join us at one of our Bridge Events to stand in solidarity with our sisters in war-torn countries, and to celebrate IWD. There are events taking place all over the world, to find one near you visit the events section of our website. We look forward to seeing you there!
Can’t make it on the day?
There are plenty of ways you can support the campaign even if you can’t be at an event in person. You can let people know about Join me on the Bridge via social media, you can sign up to the website and leave a message of peace for us to share with the women we work with, or you can donate and help support the work we do with women in war-torn countries. Information on all of this and more can be found on the website.
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