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A worthy cause

Pakistan, August 27, 2009

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With so many important issues out there, it is sometimes difficult to decide which ones to focus on. Every once in a while, there is a story that stands out above others, and Nicholas Kristof shared such a story in his recent column, Not a Victim, but a Hero. He writes of Mukhtar Mai and Assiya Rafiq, two incredible women who are paving the way for real change.

Both women have suffered horrific injustices that could easily result in perpetual fear or despair. Instead, these women have reached inside themselves and come back with an inspiring strength that makes me want to cheer and cry at the same time. They have made the decision to stand up for their rights, despite the fact that they face a myriad of challenges. They speak out for themselves, for the countless women who have experienced similar injustices and to prevent this from happening to others.

I have a deep admiration for the courage of Mukhtar and Assiya, and am honored to support them. Theirs is, undoubtedly, a worthy cause.