This is Just the Beginning

The air was warm, the sun beaming down, and as I looked to the sky, I knew my sisters and brothers across the globe were dancing with me. There are few moments in time when words escape me; when I can’t quite encapsulate how something made me feel. But the events of February 14, 2013 […]

Plain and Simple: A Huge Disservice

As a currently unemployed member of the women’s rights community, tonight’s Vice Presidential debate was going to be the highlight of my evening – I was, quite honestly, hoping to see some serious Paul Ryan butt kicking. Then I read this headline: “Report challenges rape ‘as a weapon of war’ idea.” My brain froze. I’ll just […]

An Excerpt: Battling Impunity Toward Rape in Conflict

With the dawning of the new year, I decided that I wanted to make a change to 4WomenWorldwide. Nothing drastic  – the focus will always be on women’s international rights. But, I realized, there are more positive stories out there that aren’t being told. Too often, we (humanity) get caught up in the negative (political […]

Famine in Africa: The Underreported Facts

By now, many of you have likely heard about the famine that is gripping regions of four countries in the Horn of Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. See my post from earlier this month for more background. Recently added to this list is a sliver in South Sudan. To date, approximately 12 million people […]

Enraging, Inexcusable, Cowardly

Please read to the end and sign the petition on This story made me speechless. For those of you who know me, you know that’s a rarity. I cannot, will not, stay quiet on this issue until there is a public uprising akin to that we saw for Darfur that finally prompts international action. […]

“Nothing Remains Hidden”

I am sure that many of you have, by this point, heard the latest news on Eman al-Obeidy. In case you don’t yet know the name, she is the alleged rape victim who burst into a room of foreign reporters in Libya almost two weeks ago to tell her story of gang rape at the […]