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Karen Sherman
Karen Sherman is the Executive Director of the Akilah Institute for Women and a Senior Associate on Women’s Economic Empowerment at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Commuting to Kigali.

Entries by Karen Sherman

Rwanda's Newest Graduates

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Akilah Institute for Women

Row upon row of eager, hopeful young faces beam towards the podium. The nervous anticipation is palpable. The women talk in small groups, shifting in their seats, waiting for the moment they thought would never come. Hundreds of...

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Burundi and the Possibility of Infinite Returns

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Countries improve when they have a clear sense of purpose, new knowledge, a culture that is receptive to change, and leadership that comprehends all three. "I want Burundi to be like other countries, developed. These things that are happening now are holding us back," said Ornella, a bright, 20 year...

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'War Stopped Me'

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 2:11 PM

"I was supposed to be in class," said Betty Sandy Moses, age 32, "but war stopped me." Betty, who grew up in Sudan before the nation split in two, was forced to quit school at primary five. She was eager to give her two children the education that she missed.

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Women and War

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 8:55 AM

The world is witnessing the latest chapter in the volatile history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where extreme violence and instability have characterized the eastern region of the country. Since 1998, over 5.4 million deaths are attributed to the continuous violence and resulting humanitarian crisis; today, over...

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Legal Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Does marriage matter? In Rwanda it does. The issue is especially vital for impoverished, socially excluded women, many of whom have lived with their "husbands" and children for years without the protections afforded by a civil union.

Recently, 52 couples were married in a communal civil ceremony in Kigali, the...

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