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May 2015 Newsletter

Blog Highlights

  • Over 500 women and children rescued from Boko Haram. 219 remain missing, reportedly sold off as brides and sex slaves to militants, or possibly killed. Amnesty International estimated they have kidnapped over 2,000 women total. For more, visit post (Article by Emma Husband).
  • A 20-year-old woman became the youngest MP in almost three and a half centuries, there was a record number of non-white MPs elected, and a total of 29% of seats were won by women, but women are vastly underrepresented in British politics. To learn more, see article. (Article by Andrew Lord).
  • Worldwide Fistula Fund--rebuilding lives for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. 4,000 to 8,000 women are becoming newly injured with obstetric fistula each month, but WFF is working to prevent, educate, and help these women rebuild their lives. For more, visit post. (Article by Victoria Womersley).

Our Survivor's Blog is an open window for exploring issues related to women's rights and development globally.  We have called it the Survivor's Blog because we find it vital for stories from survivors around the world to share their experiences in a forum alongside supporters.  All posts are monitored by Victoria Womersley, IWI's Blog Editor.  If you are interested in contributing a blog piece or have any suggestions, these can be sent directly to her at


IWI News

New Website

On May 31, IWI will launch a new website which will feature our original news content. Our writers have already started producing original content on the IWI Survivor's Blog. Some highlights from the blog are the following posts.

Safe Birthing Programme

We are still actively working on the SBP. This August, our CEO Aubrey Shayler will be visiting the Amolatar District to gain a better understanding of the women's circumstances by touring health facilities and meeting officials.

IWI Web Store

On July 1, 2015, IWI will launch a web store. Items include the upcoming IWI Annual Calendar and IWI t-shirts.

New Programme

IWI is breaking ground on a new programme, in addition to the SBP, with will focus on trafficking. Titled The Human Project, the programme is still in research and development stage. Unlike the SBP, we will be using this programme to lobby for change.

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