Women For Women On 60 Minutes

I just received this email a few minutes ago from Women for Women International. This is an AMAZING segment on 60 minutes. If you can’t watch it live, record it.


60 Minutes – re-airing “War Against Women”
Sunday, August 17
7:00pm ET

Dear Racquel,

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be highlighting the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the CBS news magazine, 60 Minutes, this Sunday.

This is a re-airing of the piece televised in January and included a visit to Women for Women International’s offices in the DR Congo. The program will be broadcast at 7:00 pm ET on Sunday, August 17. Please check your local listings for 60 Minutes air times.

In the piece, Anderson Cooper shared the struggles of all the women we serve in the DR Congo.  Specifically, he met with Lucienne, a Women for Women International program participant.

Lucienne was held captive, tortured, abandoned by her family, and gave birth to the child of her rapist. Her story is bleak, but she is picking up the pieces of her life with the help of Women for Women International and her sponsor, Deborah.  In the interview Lucienne told Anderson Cooper that she named her child Luck. “I named her Luck because I went through many hardships. I could have been killed in the forest, but I got my life back. I have hope.”

After the segment initially aired, many of you wrote to us to tell us how moved you were. We invite you to bring together your friends and family to share with them the work you support and to watch the 60 Minutes piece.

If you can’t watch together, please forward them this email and ask them to watch or record it.

Every day Women for Women International staff in the 8 countries where we work see women with a story like Lucienne’s — women standing in line waiting for their chance to reclaim their lives. They deserve the chance to change their lives and have their stories told. Your support makes that possible and we are eternally grateful.

In fact, at the end of the piece, you’ll see how Lucienne is speaking in front of other members of her Women for Women group.  She is lit up with hope and enthusiasm…because she is reading a letter from her sponsor.

On behalf of the women we serve,

Trish Tobin
Women for Women International, Chief Marketing Officer

3 Responses to “Women For Women On 60 Minutes”

  1. Trish Tobin August 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    HeadMutha – you are the best. Thanks for spreading the word about the piece and the work we are all doing to support the women of the DR Congo and so many other war-torn countries. Strong Women, Stonger Nations!

    at Women for Women Int’l

  2. HeadMutha August 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm #


    I’m honored to be connected now. You know where to find me!!


  3. Lola August 21, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    Rocky, I watched the rebroadcast of this piece. It is one of the most compelling pieces of broadcasting that I have ever seen. .

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