I am writing to you from Oslo, Norway where one of our longtime partners from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Denis Mukwege from Panzi Foundation, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor from Iraq. Both of these advocates have done extraordinarily courageous work to end sexual violence in conflict.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which in its first lines proclaims that All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This fundamental truth is our guiding principle. Donor Direct Action supports front line women’s rights advocates who risk their lives every day to turn this principle into practice.
The Universal Declaration also states that nobody should be held in slavery or servitude. This includes the many million women and girls who are caught up in the devastating sex trade. Today I want to celebrate two inspiring women who have been guiding lights, leading the movement to end it. Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, founder of Embrace Dignity in South Africa and Iluta Lace, director of MARTA in Latvia, are at the forefront of this work.
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