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From where I stand: “I can’t tell men to stop being violent when I am violent”

Thursday, November 23, 2017

“We escaped the war in South Sudan and most of us arrived here in September 2016 with almost nothing. People were very poor. We were given slashers and hoes for clearing the place and tarpaulin to construct temporary shelters. Imagine people who were used to a good life and now had to start over, with nothing. I felt bitter… I started to become violent whenever my wife asked for something that required money. We would spend an entire day without talking to each other. Sometimes if I wanted to annoy her, I would tell our son, “you are as dull as your mother”. More

Girls receive a visit from a different man every night, a ‘new husband’: In the words of Saran Keïta Diakité

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities occurring in her country, which has been plagued by political instability and the proliferation of armed groups that have uprooted more than 415,000 people since a military coup d’état in March 2012. She also talks about the work of her NGO, supported by UN Women, to assist survivors of violence, provide access to justice, and to ensure women have a say in peace negotiations. She was one of four female mediators who took part in peace negotiations from 15-17 April 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Saran also recently spoke in April 2013 at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence in New York. More

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