Women as Weapons of War:
How To Help.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I have been on a break as of late. A break from blogging, a break from work, a break from almost everything. To put it mildly, I've been lost and pulling into myself to come up with what my next step should be. At the best of times, I've been able to look at my current struggles as a necessary chapter in the story of my life. In the worst of times, however, I've felt pretty damned sorry for myself, let's just be honest.

Then, the other day, I read this article about the atrocities women in the Congo are suffering. (WARNING: This is, by far, the most disturbing thing I have ever read. Unless you are willing to shed many tears, shake your head in utter disbelief at how people are able to survive what must be unbearable at best, reexamine what you think of as the hardships in your own life and, lastly, jump into action and try to help these women, children and families, I suggest you not read this.)

This article - and the several I have read on the systematic sexual abuse of women in the Congo since - have haunted me for days. These stories have asked me to not only realize how very, very fortunate I am - even in the hardest of moments - but also to look at what I can do to help.

I found this incredible organization, Women for Women, that gives you the opportunity to sponsor a woman in one of eight war torn countries, including the Congo. Please take a moment to look at this and, if you are able, help out in a big or small way.

Either way, I hope we can all take a moment to be thankful for how lucky we truly are.


  1. I worked at a Women's Center through college and we oftentimes had women from places like this come and speak to us, sharing their stories.
    Thank you for discussing this on your blog. I think sometimes we forget how fortunate we are, that there are women out in the world struggling for food, not to mention security, independence and/or rights.

  2. Thank you, as always, for the reminder of what is really important. Thank you, as always, for posting about the tough stuff, not just fluff. Thank you, as always, for being a friend who not only makes me laugh til I cry, but makes me think and feel and step outside of my mind.

  3. I was just reading about the crisis in the Congo a few days ago and I almost vomited when I read about the treatment of women and small children. Thank you for bringing attention to such a horrific event!