Tonight on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper will be reporting on the systematic rape and violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you haven't heard about this, I can tell you that the brutality is beyond your imagining. I read about it here last fall.
If you haven't heard much about these atrocities against women, perhaps it's because it's so sickening, people would rather not think about it. Or because it's happening so far away from America, or because people don't like to feel helpless.
But there is a way to help: You can donate to Women for Women International. As the website says, "Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives." You can earmark your donation (of any size) for the women of D.R. Congo, or those in a number of other war-torn areas. Iraq or Afghanistan, Bosnia or Kosovo, the Sudan (where Darfur is) or Rwanda, Nigeria or Colombia. The violence directed at women is perhaps worst in D.R. Congo, but survivors of war face plenty of other challenges for supporting themselves, raising families, and staying safe.
You can also sponsor an individual woman for as little as $27 a month.
I hope you'll make a donation—every little bit helps. Thank you.