Violence against women is one of the most widespread of human rights abuses. One out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime. During times of war and conflict, sexual violence is used to terrorize and humiliate women and girls. Survivors often suffer further victimization by family and society. The International Rescue Committee works to break this cycle of violence by helping survivors to heal, delivering care to victims of sexual assault, and by bringing women together for mutual support. Through innovative skills programs, they help women gain economic independence. In all of their programs, the IRC is committed to the full empowerment and participation of women and girls. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
They restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the