i almost started writing all about one of my "sheros", eve ensler. i do admire her courage, her persistence and her hard, hard work.
but then i realized the real sheros of this story are the congolese women who are surviving, and those who haven't survived.
War on Women in Congo
"I was in Bosnia during the war in 1994 when it was discovered there were rape camps where white women were being raped. Within two years there was adequate intervention. Yet, in Congo, femicide has continued for 12 years. Why?"
"What is happening in Congo is the most brutal and rampant violence toward women in the world. If it continues to go unchecked, if there continues to be complete impunity, it sets a precedent, it expands the boundaries of what is permissible to do to women's bodies..."
"...in Eastern Congo, 1,100 women a month are raped, according to the United Nations' most recent report."