Commentary and opinion on national and regional politics by Seema Malhotra

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The Power of Networks to Give Voice to the Voiceless

The Fabian Women's Network runs its own events, but also raises the profile of outside campaigns. One example is he VDay campaign. This is a campaign to stop violence against women, and in particular sexual violence against women as a tool of war, as is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 1100 women a month are being raped, some again and again, by different armies, as a way also of destroying families and communities and gaining access to natural resources. It’s a horror story happening every day. But it won’t stop until the voiceless have voice – and part of what women around the world can be are amplifiers of that voice to our own politicians.