Ladies Run The City Network Site is up!

So for all of you ladies out there who want to join in the cause, our new network site is now up! There will still be blog posts on this site, and I’ll be linking them to the network site as well, but this is the first step into making our effort GLOBAL! It will be big, so join on now!

Ladies Run The City has now launched!

Don’t forget! Our financial goal is $1500 and I found an even better and way more secure site to recieve donations. The way it works is you go to my Fundraising Page enter in how much you would like to give, proceed to giving, and they will cut the check to the organization that I have designated, which is Women for Women International.

Thanks and let’s keep this party going!

JG*

From CNN.com: One’ Congolese Woman’s ‘Silent Scream’ is heard

(CNN) — Honorata Kizende was hiding in a house when the soldiers came. They kicked the front door down and found her huddling with her five children and another woman.

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Honorata Kizende can smile again after surviving a four-year ordeal that almost destroyed her life

The men asked the women if they were hiding their husbands. We have none, both replied. Then one of the soldiers said something that chilled Kizende, because she knew what was about to happen.

“Today you will have husbands …”

The men slapped, stripped and raped Kizende. Then they treated her pregnant daughter and friend the same way. The horrific episode could have easily been dismissed as just another brutal act of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But her story is now being heard thanks to two women — an Iraqi-American activist and a small-town California accountant who now calls Kizende her sister. Kizende, 55, is a spokeswoman for Women for Women International, a 16-year-old group that helps rebuild the lives of women victimized by violent conflict in countries such as Kosovo, Iraq and Colombia.The group was founded by Zainab Salbi, a 38-year-old Iraqi-American who knows something about brutality. She grew up under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, where people who spoke out were often murdered.

Those who speak out in Congo are treated another way — they’re ignored, Salbi said. An estimated 5.4 million people have died in Congo since 1998. George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, once said the loss of life is equal to the entire population of Colorado dying within a decade. Yet Salbi said no one is paying attention to another group of victims in the Congo war. Her organization said there are hundreds of thousands of women who have been subjected to gang rape and sexual slavery.

“My image of the Congolese women is that of a scream,” Salbi said. “But there is no sound coming from the scream because the world is not hearing it.” That’s because the victims are women, she said. “We are numb,” she said. “If I said hundreds and thousands of men were being raped in the Congo, the world would be outraged.”

You can read the rest here.

Again, I just wanted to share an article that I read on CNN.com. It’s important that we hear these stories of women that have risen above their pain and torture. We can all do something to help!

Keep running!

JG*