International Women’s Day

For IWD, we celebrate the contributions of women around the world. But we also need to recognize how women and girls struggle, particularly during conflict. This post by the UN Foundation is insightful.


Conflict disproportionately harms girls and women.

This is true across the globe. In Yemen, a woman dies in childbirth every two hours. In South Sudan, more than 65% of women have experienced sexual or physical violence — double the global average. More than 40% of girls in Nigeria are married before the age of 18. Each of these statistics directly relates to ongoing violence in those countries.

Against the backdrop of yet another conflict — this time in Ukraine — the world is facing a devastating reality: Girls and women are particularly vulnerable during wartime.

Read more here.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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