Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Invisible Women

So many of the women I have emphasized and analyzed are familiar faces; celebrities we see and read about practically every day. While I feel that it is necessary to do so, it is important that I do not neglect the Invisible Women, those who suffer away from constant watch.
I want to take a moment to give a little hope. I have become emotionally involved in the crisis in Darfur. I have tried to donate my money and my prayers to the efforts made there, and I am constantly amazed at the huge impact of a small donation. This article was featured in Oprah's magazine (and you know I love Oprah!) on how easily we can make big changes.

“Fueling Hope:
If your reaction to news of atrocities in Darfur, Sudan, is horror mixed with helplessness, it’s time to get involved. Many women living in refugee camps have no choice but to put themselves in the path of government-supported militiamen, Janjaweed, as they rape and slaughter their way across the region. “To fuel their traditional cooking fires, women spend as much as seven hours a day foraging for scarce wood, and while they’re out searching, they’re vulnerable to rape,” says Christina Galitsky, an energy analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. “The men can’t go instead because the Janjaweed kill them outright. And the women have become so desperate, they’re selling their food rations to buy wood.” Galitsky worked with her colleague, renowned scientist Ashok Gadgil, to develop a simple stove that reduces the amount of fuel consumed in cooking by up to 75%. There are 2.2 million refugees in Darfur who need about 300,000 stoves; for $30 you can donate one to a woman and help keep her and her family safe. Visit

These women suffer violent and horrifying rape almost daily. They are physically and emotionally scarred repeatedly, and they do so to save the lives of their family. What better way to encourage another beautiful soul in this world than to save her from that merciless torture?

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