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  • Calling for Help: How Cell Phones Help Protect Children’s Rights in the DRC

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    Photo by: Anne Edgerton, OCHA

    Stories of horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are all too common; however, there are even more attacks—especially on women and children—that we don’t hear about. Villages, especially in the eastern provinces, are often raided by armed groups. Women and girls are raped and need immediate medical assistance; but health facilities are scarce. Boys and girls are abducted to be used as soldiers or porters. Girls are taken to be cooks and wives. These villages are isolated and have almost no means to defend themselves. Despite a 2008 peace agreement, the DRC’s eastern provinces continue to be plagued by violent conflict. And civilians face egregious violations on a daily basis.

    Pregnant and Displaced: Double the Danger

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    "There were no means of transport, so they prepared a bicycle. She lost a lot of blood and when she arrived at the district hospital, she wasn't paid much attention. Around 6 a.m., both the mother and baby died. I witnessed it. The woman was 38 years-old." These are the words of a man from the Kisumu district in Kenya, describing a pregnant woman in his community who had died while giving birth during the post-election violence that rocked the country in early 2008.

    This kind of scenario plays out every day, around the world; more than 350,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth every year. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, where the lack of access to quality health care and information results in high fertility rates and closely spaced births, increasing women's and girls' risk of death and disability. Indeed, pregnancy can be a matter of life or death for women and girls in these places; and, their infants' lives are in jeopardy as well.

    Read the full blog, posted on the Huffington Post's new Global Motherhood section, here.

    Building a Better and Safer Haiti for Women and Children

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    Last week marked the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which brought massive destruction and loss of life and resulted in the initial displacement of more than 2 million people. Even before the earthquake, life was often harrowing for impoverished women and girls, and this remains true today. On this anniversary, I cannot get out of my mind a comment a Haitian woman made to my Women’s Refugee Commission colleagues who visited the country in the months after the quake: “Everything got worse, especially for us women.”

    Two years after disaster struck, it is hard to say that anything has gotten better for the Haitian women and girls who remain displaced.

    Read the full blog, posted on AlertNet, here.

    Building Trust: Protecting Children in Colombia’s War

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    Children like this girl express a deep desire for peace. More than 10,000 boys and girls have been pulled into Colombia’s war between guerillas, paramilitary units and government forces. Photo by: Niousha Mission

    At first, she said, they treated her “like a queen.” But shortly after recruiting then-nine-year-old Sofia from a small village in Colombia, the guerilla fighters began beating and raping her. 

    “For me, I didn’t have a childhood,” Sofia told us. ”It is a childhood that I do not wish for anybody.”

    Sofia, whose real name is withheld for her protection, was in the hands of the armed group for five years. She is one of more than 10,000 boys and girls who have been pulled into Colombia’s decades-old war between guerillas, paramilitary units and government forces. Children like Sofia are lured into armed groups under false promises of money, glory and a job. Now, her name has been added to a “black list,” along with the names of others to be killed. As she knows where the rebels keep their money and how they recruit people, she says that it is more convenient for them to see her dead than alive.

    U.S. Launches National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

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    It has been an encouraging few weeks for advocates working on issues related to the role of women in peacebuilding, reconstruction and recovery processes. On December 10, three courageous women, two from Liberia and one from Yemen, inspired people everywhere when they received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their efforts to bring peace to their countries. And yesterday, President Obama released the first-ever U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

    Landmark Refugee Conference Puts Tackling Sexual and Gender-based Violence at Top of the Agenda

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    "I will do everything possible to uphold and strengthen UNHCR’s corporate commitment to address sexual and gender-based violence and to support states in ensuring access of survivors to justice,” declared UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, as he opened a historic ministerial meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Statelessness Convention on December 7 and 8 in Geneva. One hundred and forty six countries attended the event, more than 70 of them represented at ministerial level, including the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Skills To Survive: Providing Refugee Women The Right To Work

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    Women's Refugee Commission Board member Sam Witten writes about why he considers Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) a particularly important opportunity to reflect on the need to protect and preserve the human rights of refugee women, who are so often the victims of abuse and gender-based violence and who frequently suffer from an utter lack of economic opportunities. Read his blog on Huffington Post.

    Putting Care of Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Hands of Local Communities

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    When Hillary Clinton arrived in Burma (Myanmar) on November 30, she became the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit in 50 years. Her visit underscored the United States’ support for the country’s recent governmental reforms. It also called attention to a country in which sexual violence is rife. Decades of war and military rule in the border regions–home to the country’s ethnic minorities–have systematically destroyed the fabric of society, impoverished and uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left the health and education systems in complete disrepair. In these border states in particular, women and girls have been increasingly targeted by government forces, who use rape as a weapon of war and operate with complete impunity.

    It's Time to Protect Women and Children in Immigration Detention From Rape

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    Michelle Brané has a new blog out on the Huffington Post calling for the protection of immigrant detainees held in U.S. custody from sexual assault.

    Invisible and Overlooked: Refugees with Disabilities

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    As the world marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, it is gratifying to be able to share encouraging developments related to the well-being of the estimated 4 million refugees and internally displaced people who are living with disabilities today. But there is much more that the international community must do now to protect this highly vulnerable population.

    Read Sarah's Huffington Post blog here.