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The Unstoppable Farmers in Cameroon

When money and resources are withheld from women, they lose so much more than vital means of survival—they lose their sense of adequacy and autonomy. But in Blangoua, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region, a program funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is helping a community of women regain …

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A Direct Path to Gender Equality

Women’s economic empowerment is an indispensable component in the fight for gender equality. Sitting at the restaurant she runs, Rebecca Nyangot Biel—a 39-year-old mother of six from Nyal in South Sudan—is a striking example of why. Her unwavering spirit is inspiring, but it wasn’t always like this. She might be a business owner today, but …

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For Women in CAR, Access to Light through Knowledge

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you—like not knowing about proper nutrition and handwashing, safe sex practices and maternal health support. Other times, what you don’t know can severely disempower you—like not knowing where to turn for help after you have been raped. When it comes to gender-based violence (GBV), women and girls are …

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A South Sudanese Refugee Empowers Women in Ethiopia

Nyabong Puok is a 35-year-old South Sudanese mother of six living in Jewi Refugee Camp, in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. She is one of thousands of South Sudanese who fled their homes seeking a safe place where they and their families could settle and start a new life. Gambella is home to more than 410,000 refugees …

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Enisa Eminovska: Smashing the Patriarchy

Enisa Eminovska has been confronting gender inequality for most of her life. She characterizes the Roma culture in Macedonia, where she grew up, as “extremely patriarchal and conservative.” When, at the age of 13, her desire to play sports provoked an extended family meeting on her failure to “act like a girl,” her mother had …

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On Behalf of Women and Girls, Gertrude Garway Fights for Humanity

As a child growing up in Liberia, “I always knew something was wrong,” says Gertrude Garway, International Medical Corps’ Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Manager in South Sudan.  She watched as young girls around her were forced to marry much older men, who then raped and beat them. When these women or girls in forced marriages resisted …

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Powering Change

“It has reached epidemic proportions.” This is how Sara Othow, Caseworker with International Medical Corps team in Aburoc, South Sudan, describes the level of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) in the country. When I interviewed Sara about the situation in South Sudan earlier this year, she explained that several factors are behind the high levels …

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Stopping Violence against Women Now—and for Future Generations

Violence against women is endemic in every corner of the globe. Rape and sexual abuse violate the bodies, minds and hearts of women and girls—and this tears at the fabric of households and communities wherever it occurs. Though International Medical Corps works tirelessly to treat survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in places where little to …

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From Abuse to Control

Leila*, now a 32-year-old volunteer with International Medical Corps in Lebanon, was 14 years old when her parents divorced. Her mother—who married at age 16—could no longer take her husband’s physical and verbal abuse, and left with the couple’s only son, leaving her two daughters behind. As soon as her mother left, Leila’s father started …

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#EndGBV Campaign in Gambella, Ethiopia

As part of the worldwide “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence,” which kicked off on November 25 with a commemoration of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and ran until December 10 (World Human Rights Day), more than 4,000 people across six refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region …

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