"SILENT TEARS is a documentary that examines and uncovers the truths behind the physical and sexual abuse by law enforcement officials against the citizens of the country and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory. It also gives a glimpse towards the society’s perception of this abuse on women encouraged by or perpetrated by security officials across the country."
Wahu Kaara speaks like a preacher, a prophet, or a seer. Actually, she's an advocate for social and environmental justice in Kenya.
Wahu spoke of the hunger strike she and several other women launched in the 1990's to secure the release of more than 50 political prisoners. The park where the women congregated became known as Freedom Corner. After a year of continuous protest and agitation, the Kenyan government relented, releasing the prisoners in a slow trickle. This, says Kaara, is emblematic of the nonviolent power women wield; too many women don't realize this.
Turning to the present, Kaara spoke of the need for structural reform, particularly debt relief, in the globalized world order. Third World taxpayers pay heavily to service debt that they themselves never negotiated and from which they benefited very little. Kaara has spoken to the UN General Assembly, the European Union, the G8, and many other gatherings of world leaders.
Women in Conflict Zones
International Women's Summit on Human Rights, Peace, and Democracy
Jolly Andruvile, former child soldier, helps child soldiers and sex slaves
It was a privilege to be present as seven phenomenally courageous women spoke from their firsthand experience in conflict zones around the world -- Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kenya, and Uganda. We will report the stories of these women just one or two at a time, starting today with Jolly Grace Okot Andruvile of Uganda.
Jolly (pronounced like the French "jolie"), now CEO of Invisible Children Uganda and President of WENDAfrica, touched on her experience as a child soldier in Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. She escaped after two years and arranged her father's escape as well, but the LRA retaliated by killing 21 members of her immediate family. "I consider myself fortunate," she said, humbling everyone present. "I was abducted and held for just two years, and when I escaped, I had no children. I didn't even have HIV." Against all odds, she rebuilt her life and consecrated herself to helping others rebuild theirs. She negotiated directly with Joseph Kony to secure the release of more than 20 child soldiers. Today, her two nonprofits work with children and women, respectively, helping them to recover, overcome shame and trauma, go to school (children), or learn skills to support the children they were forced to bear (women). This is not easy. Nearly one in twenty former child soldiers commit suicide after their release. Today, Invisible Children Uganda supports and educates more than 200 children, while WENDAfrica helps more than 20 women send their children to school -- the school the mothers themselves missed.
"There is still almost half a year to go to address the African Union Summit 2015 theme, the "Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Agenda 2063." But as Dr Sipho Moyo, Africa executive director at the One Campaign contends, poverty is sexist and won't be dealt with unless the global injustice of gender inequality is dealt with once and for all.
On International Women's Day this year, our organization published a policy that revealed the scale of the gender gap in the world's poorest countries. The report, titled Poverty if Sexist: Why Girls and Women must be at the Heart of the Fight to End Extreme Poverty, is a sobering reflection on the injustice of a world in which, whether you live or die depends on an accident of geography -- on where you were born."
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