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Tapestries of Hope

Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe

Elly Pradervand | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Elly Pradervand

Betty was six-years-old when a local shopkeeper raped her. Silenced by her mother, she didn't dare to speak out about the night she was locked in a dark room and held at knifepoint.

Do Americans Care About Violence Against Women and Kids?

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

As scary as it is to admit, I don't think Americans care much about violence against women and children.

'Tapestries Of Hope': Filmmaker Documents Activist's Fight Against Rape In Zimbabwe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 2007, American filmmaker Michealene C. Risley found herself sitting in a car outside activist Betty Makoni's Zimbabwe home. The driver whispered fr...

An Apology to WuDunn and Kristof and a Thunk on the Head to Larry King

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michealene Cristini Risley

Acid burnings, dowry deaths, sexual trafficking, rape, molestation: the list is growing, and it is all part of the systematic oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Thanksgiving reflections on my incarceration in Zimbabwe

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, and for me it always brings me back to my incarceration in Zimbabwe last year. Every day I am more thankful fo...