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Supporting women facing violence in South Sudan

The Listening centre World Gift focuses on our work in Olame in the DRC. The centre provides a safe space for women affected by sexual violence to seek medical and psycho-social help as well as receiving training so they can start to earn an income. These safe spaces are essential when local communities often shun those affected, something the centre is trying to change.  In South Sudan, Monica is a psycho-social support group leader. The work our local partners have done with Monica and her women’s group is really important. They’re helping to fight stereotypes of a woman’s role in society and allow them a safe space to voice any problems they might be having:  “Women now have a forum where they can discuss things that matter to them.”  Recently, Monica spoke at a court...

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International Women's Day: Gifts with a girl-power focus

As we approach International Women's Day on 8 March, I want to highlight again the work we are doing to help women living in poverty. Much of our work helps women because they are the most vulnerable within communities. As a girl, you are less likely to go to school and therefore learn a trade to earn an income. Culturally, women are more often expected to stay at home and look after the family rather than contribute to the household income. They often have less rights and are more at risk in times of change. At CAFOD, we work all over the world helping women and girls to learn new skills and empower themselves so they can start earning money...

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