Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Congolese Leader Jacques Bahati Reports on the Importance of the SEC Rules for Congolese Miners

Congolese leader Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith and Justice Network recently returned from a visit to mining communities in eastern Congo and published an interesting report on his findings. The visit concluded that while the SEC continues to delay its decision on the Dodd Frank section 1502 for conflict mineral reform, people in Congo are left hanging in a state of ambiguity.  Read More »

African Union Launches Initiative Against LRA but Key Questions Remain

African Union launch of LRA ops - Enough - Nenad Marinkovic

t a ceremony held in Juba several days ago, the African Union officially launched the implementation of its initiative against the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, including an A.U. military task force. However, several key details about the military task force remain unclear, raising concerns that it will essentially put a new name on current efforts by the regional governments that have been largely failing.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Enough 101: The Lord’s Resistance Army in the Congo

As part of the series Enough 101, this post is intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the complex issues that the Enough Project works on. We're publishing it today to coincide with the release of “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni,” a new video co-produced by the comedy team at Funny or Die and the Enough Project, to provide background on the LRA’s deadly operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Read More »

Maryland Conflict Minerals Legislation Passes House and Senate Unanimously

Maryland’s legislation addressing the use of conflict minerals from eastern Congo in electronics products breezed through an important hurdle over the weekend, passing the House of Delegates unanimously on Saturday. The State Senate passed a similar bill by a vote of 46-0 two weeks earlier, leaving only a largely procedural reconciliation process between the House and Senate bills before a final version is sent to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk.  Read More »

Lynn Nottage: "Why did I go to Africa to collect their stories? Because I had to"

Lynn Nottage, an American playwright who is most well-known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined, shares why she felt compelled to bring the untold stories of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the stage.  Read More »

So You’ve Watched Kony 2012? Now Take the Next Step

If the hearing words “Kony 2012” doesn’t automatically ignite a spark of recognition, you are probably the last of a dwindling set of people who have not yet encountered this viral campaign taking the world by storm over the past week. As partners in the Kony 2012 campaign, Enough and Resolve have developed complementary actions that build off the massive success of the campaign and encourage new activists to go beyond awareness raising to take other meaningful steps.  Read More »

Global Post Op-ed: Next Steps You Can Take to Help Stop Joseph Kony

Kony 2012 - Global Post

In this op-ed for Global Post, I outline some steps people moved by "Kony 2012" can take to help end the Lord's Resistance Army.  Read More »

V-Day’s Eve Ensler Spotlights Congo with New Monologue as City of Joy Graduates First Class

City of Joy graduation - V-Day

March marks the end of the annual V-Day season as the last local groups at colleges and community and religious centers perform their renditions of playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. First performed nearly 15 years ago, the monologues were created through interviews with women around the world. Ensler compiled composite vignettes, which explore the lives of women. V-Day campaigns have grown out of the Vagina Monologues movement and serve as the activism center of the movement.  Read More »

Women, Peace, and Security: Building a National Plan for International Change

Hillary Clinton at Heal Africa - AP

In honor of International Women’s Day it is important to take stock of the national and international mechanisms in support of gendered equality and women’s rights. The U.S. National Security Strategy notes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights, and therefore it is in our national interest to support and empower women throughout the world.

To this end, the Obama administration recently adopted the first U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, officially integrating gender issues across government initiatives.  Read More »

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