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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Stop stoning of two Sudanese women
Amnesty Internation reports that...

Sadia Idriss Fadul, from the Fur ethnic group, was sentenced to death by stoning on 13 February. Amouna Abdallah Daldoum, a member of the Tama ethnic group, was sentenced on 6 March. They were both convicted of adultery by a criminal court in Managil province, in Gazira state, central Sudan. According to reports, the women had no lawyer during their trial, and were not able to defend themselves, as their first languages are those of their ethnic groups in Darfur. The court proceedings were conducted in Arabic, and the women were reportedly not provided with a translator. They have yet to lodge an appeal against their sentence.

The AI site has contact addresses where you can send a petition on behalf of Sadia Idriss Fadul and Amouna Abdallah Daldoum. Take a few minutes to send a letter to save their lives..
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The reasons for a blog on VAW - violence against women

A year ago when I was taking a course to become a volunteer advocate for survivors of violence aganist women, I naively said that I didn't know a single woman who was a victim. The course opened my eyes to recognize the variety and degrees of abuse against women and now I see it everywhere. Not so surprising as the statistics is that one in three women is a victim of abuse.

A week after a very close friend of mine confided in me about the violence she and her thirteen year old daughter endured at the hands of the husband, the news about Kamilat Muhisin, a 21 year old Ethiopian woman who was a victim of acid attack, came out. (Updates of Kamila's story are on Meskel Square and Ethio-Zagol. So, the least I can do is creat a blog with some information about violence against women, the types of violence, the campaign against a victim (it's premeditated), global and local efforts to stop VAW , what individuals can do to stop VAW, policies needed...

This blog is also dedicated to raise funds for the organization where I volunteer, Harbor House.

Please help in any way you can - spread the world, share your stories, share what you know, help raise funds... Do something.

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Kamilat - victim of acid burning The face of VAW - violence against women. It should and can be stopped with enough commitment. Helping one woman at a time is a start.

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