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Monday, May 7, 2007
Financial autonomy against VAW
Violence against women knows no boundaries. It affects women regardless of their geographic location, culture, religion, education, class and income. However, research indicates that poverty adds a new dimension to violence against women. One of the commonest tools in violence against women is depriving women of their right to economic independence. Women stay in an abusive relationship if they are dependent on their partner particularly when children are in the picture.

In most of rural Africa for example, women have no or very little income and often money is a source of abuse against them. Poverty coupled with civil wars has a more devastating impact on the safety of women. In places such as Rwanda, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo... civilian women had to deal with rape in addition to the devastation of their families, homes, villages and entire towns.

There are NGOs which are actively involved in teaching law-income women how to set up small businesses in developing countries. I particularly like this project by Business Council for Peace. It gives business people the chance to mentor women in Afghanistan and Rwanda in starting and building businesses. I think this approach of becoming a member of BPeace and transfer your skills directly to the women who need them is a much better approach than blindly sending money to a far away project and hope for the best.

If you always wanted to make a difference directly in the lives of hundreds of women, here is your chance.
posted by Fikirte @ 7:21 AM  
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