Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stop Rape as a Weapon of War

AlterNet: The Mix is the Message

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Dear Reader,

Wth rape being used as a cruel weapon of intimidation and misogyny, it is essential that the U.S. government use its power to take action by promoting peace.  We must use all of our diplomatic clout to bring a halt to the violence while ensuring that predators are held accountable.  Join Oxfam in making it clear to President-elect Obama that he needs to promote his plan for ending the cycle of horrors in the Congo.

Don Hazen
Don Hazen
Executive Editor, AlterNet.org

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Oxfam America
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Dear Reader,

The worst place on earth to be a woman?

The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Help change the situation: contact President-Elect Obama TODAY.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is host to the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.

And women and girls have borne the brunt of this horrific crisis, with rape as a weapon of war on a scale seen nowhere else in the world.

But you can do something about it.

Tell President-Elect Obama to announce his plan to end sexual violence in Congo.

Eastern Congo is the worst place in the world to be a woman in 2008. Rape and sexual violence are routinely used as a weapon to destroy women, families, and communities. It is time to get serious about ending the conflict and protecting and empowering Congo's women.

The US government is in a unique position to take action immediately. They can promote peace through aggressive diplomatic efforts, increase UN patrols and support organizations that help keep women safe, and work to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Oxfam America has joined with the RAISE Hope for Congo campaign to raise awareness about the crisis. And by adding your voice, you are helping to raise awareness about the horrors of this nine-year conflict.

Tell the president-elect to announce his plan to end the vicious cycle of sexual violence.

And to further strengthen your voice, please tell all of your friends and family, post it on Facebook and MySpace, or write about it on your blog.

The women of Congo are depending on you. Please take action today.

Sincerely,
Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

 

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