You may have read last Sunday’s compelling article, “The Women’s Crusade,” in The New York Times Magazine. Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn wrote about how a renewed focus on the world’s women and girls can lead to the end of many of the world’s ills. About how “women and girls aren’t the problem, they’re the solution.”
In the article, Kristof and WuDunn tell the story of Claudine Mukakarisa, a graduate of our program in Rwanda. Claudine had been held captive and raped repeatedly during the genocide. She gave birth to the child of one of her rapists. Traumatized and with no skills to support her children, Claudine came to the doors of the Women for Women International offices in Kigali. Claudine was matched with her sponsor, Murvelene, of New York. After graduation from the program, Claudine took the skills she had learned and began making and selling beadwork. With her earnings she can now send her children to school and buy the necessities to build a happy and healthy family.
Your continued support helps make stories like this a reality! To learn more about Kristof and WuDunn’s article and upcoming book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, please click here. You’ll also find ways to get involved through sharing the messages in “The Women’s Crusade” with your friends and family.