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Peace Laureates Take On the War on Women

Members of the Nobel Women’s Initiative are marshaling their collective wisdom and experience to tackle the challenge of ending rape as a weapon of war.  Certain topics have always been hard to talk about—rape and sexual abuse ranking high up on that list. And yet we must speak up more because of the many women affected.

“Violence starts in the mind, so we have to start by changing the minds of men and women all over the world.” Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, democracy leader in Burma, participated in the conference by video.

Certain topics have always been hard to talk about—rape and sexual abuse ranking high up on that list. And yet we must speak up more because of the many women affected. According to conservative UN estimates, “worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.” It is likely that sexual assault has happened to you, or to your friend, your mother, your daughter, your sister—the girl next to you on line at the grocery store, to scores of women reading these words right now. In too many cases, the secret lies buried deep within us for the rest of our lives. Read the entire article

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