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"Heroes often come from the most unlikely of places. Photographer Platon, known for his unflinching close-up portraits of presidents, dictators and other powerful icons of our era, found his in the surgical suites and recovery rooms of a small-town hospital in one of the most traumatized nations on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo."
These are the words of Saudatu Mahdi, Secretary-General of Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, at a Donor Direct Action event in New York earlier this month. The event brought together Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan and was moderated by ABC’s Amy Robach. Saudatu talked about the need for us to stay hopeful for the release of not only the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram – 197 of whom still remain in captivity – but for an end to violence against all women and girls in Nigeria.
Each year, WRAPA helps thousands of Nigerian women and girls across the country stand up for their rights. I hope you will make a year-end donation to support their work at this critical time and help give hope to Nigerian girls and women for a safer 2017 with greater freedom.
Very best wishes for the New Year.
Jane Fonda spoke to The Guardian on December 8th at an event for Donor Direct Action, a New York-based non-profit she is involved with that supports women’s causes around the world and is campaigning with the Nigerian women’s organization WRAPA to rescue almost 200 girls still being held by the extremist rebel group Boko Haram after a mass abduction in 2014.
With over 200 million women and girls affected around the world, ending female genital mutilation (FGM) takes enormous dedication, perseverance – and funding. In 2013, the UK Department for International Development’s pledge of £35m on the African continent was the largest amount to date by any individual donor to end FGM. However, it is unclear how much of this is reaching those activists who are leading social change efforts on the frontline.
BBC World Service travelled to Narok, Kenya to interview Agnes Pareyio, founder of Donor Direct Action partner, Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI). Agnes is doing incredible work protecting girls at risk of female genital mutilation and child marriage.