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Reconstructing Haiti with Women & Girls at the Center

By Tunisia L. Riley*

On May 4, 2010 I sat in a packed room of women (and a few men) coming together to raise awareness of women and girls efforts in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. While Haiti has subsided from the headlines of most mainstream media, this assembly of women, which included women from all parts of the African Diaspora, proves Haiti is still on our minds and in our hearts. But the major recurring question of the evening was, now what? What does this room, packed to capacity, full of progressively minded individuals do when we leave here? The forum, with its panel and audience sought to answer that.


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The Center Works to Improve State Law and Federal Policy on International Trafficking of Women and Girls

April 19, 2010

For the first time in 2010, the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report will assess efforts made by governments and others within the United States to address trafficking. Because the Center has led the way to assist state legislators in the 50 states to develop effective laws and policies, we believe that our comments to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office will be invaluable to this assessment.

This Just In! Human Rights Commission Hearing on Violence Against Women—Strategies and Responses

THIS THURSDAY (April 15th) the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives will be holding a hearing on violence against women. As stated in the official hearing notice,

Violence against women includes sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by an intimate partner, family member or others, abuse and harassment by figures of authority, human trafficking for purposes of forced labor or sex, and cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, forced/child marriages, dowry-related violence and honor killings.  

To address these timely issues, the Commission has invited the following witnesses:

Panel I:
Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)


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Jennifer Buffett: Women and Girls Key To Solving Global Poverty

Jennifer Buffett is a member of the ICRW Leadership Council, a team of high-profile visionaries helping to advance ICRWs mission to empower women, achieve gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. Each understands the important role ICRW plays in showing that investing in women and girls creates sustainable social and economic change. They know that when women and girls have the confidence to reach their full potential, their families, communities and countries prosper.

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