Three women we want to tell you about

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From: WITNESS
Date: 29/04/2009

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… Everyday we hear about thousands of women and men all over the world who are fighting for their safety and dignity. Here are three stories we find particularly troubling:

Abigail from Zimbabwe was involved with a civil rights NGO. Her involvement with this group attracted police attention, and they attacked and beat her – hurting her so badly that she miscarried.  Thousands of women and girls like Abigail suffer politically motivated violence – especially during elections.

Saeeda from Yemen had to leave school because of racial harassment.  To survive, she became a street cleaner – a dangerous job that ultimately proved to be fatal when Saeeda was stabbed to death while people walked by and did nothing. Gender, race and class discrimination puts women like Saeeda in grave danger. 

In Mexico, 19-year old Neyra disappeared on her way home from a regular day at school. Two months later, she was found brutally murdered. That was six years ago, and her family still doesn’t know who committed this horrible crime. Neyra is one of 470 women murdered, with thousands more women reported disappeared in this scandal that has terrorized women and girls for more than a decade.

As women working at WITNESS, we see firsthand how far your donations go and how critical your support is to the work of our dedicated staff, our partners and frontline human rights defenders around the globe. Please join us by making a donation to WITNESS today

… We thank you for support,

  • Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director WITNESS,
  • Jenni Wolfson, Deputy Director,
  • Elizabeth Dickinson, Director of External Relations.

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