International Women's Day: Why We Must Work to Empower the Women of Sudan and South Sudan

From Enough blogs Thu Mar 8 2012, 05:01:25

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Since the early 1900s countries around the world have celebrated International Women's Day as a time to recognize the role of women in society and mobilize against injustices specifically impacting half of the world's population. At Enough, rather than confining our commemoration to just one day-March 8-we're giving a special focus to women all this week, to highlight how the conflicts we're working to end affect women and girls, and to recognize the work of heroes advocating on their behalf.

For Day 4 of our International Women's Week coverage, Sarah Danielson, a guest blogger from Enough partner organization My Sister's Keeper, writes about her group's work to empower women in Sudan and South Sudan.

March is a critical month for those of us working towards social change in Sudan. This week we celebrate women's empowerment with International Women's Day, and next Friday the 16th marks the beginning of the Stop Sudan's Weapons of Mass Starvation protest in Washington, D.C., where many will gather against the Sudanese government's efforts to terrorize and eradicate the innocent men, women, and children of South Kordofan and Blue Nile through the use of aerial bombardments, violence, and starvation.

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