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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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June 26, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - June 26

Please pray for all of the refugees and displaced persons in Sudan. Help us to be mindful of the women and children in the refugee camps and the dangerous situations in which they face every day. Help those who have been the victims of abuse and rape at the hands of those who claim to be their friends. One recent report tells of a refugee camp in West Darfur where 7 women, including 3 schoolgirls, one who was only 13 years of age were raped at gunpoint by 9 “pro-government militiamen”.  We pray for the recovery of these women ...

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November 11, 2011

Women, War & Peace film series

Written by Grace Bickers

As a human rights student at Columbia University, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to volunteer with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations this fall. My particular interests concern international education and development after times of conflict, and I was excited to attend a film screening and panel discussion last week at the United States Mission concerning the role of women in war.

Women, War & Peace is series of five documentaries produced and broadcast by PBS that shares the stories of women living in conflict zones all over the world. The main purpose of ...

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July 8, 2011


Below is a release from the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security:


The NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security is alarmed at the latest reports by its member organizations and the United Nations of mass rape and other crimes against civilians perpetrated in the Fizi area of South Kivu by troops of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The NGO Working Group urges the Government of the DRC, the United Nations and Member States to heed the voices of Congolese women, who have repeatedly stressed that such attacks stem from the persistent ...

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May 8, 2011

Curbing Congo's conflict minerals

Tell Secretary Clinton: we need a credible certification system for Congo's conflict minerals. Take Action | RAISE Hope for Congo. RAISE Hope for Congo provides a way to help address the issue of conflict minerals that fuel violence in the...

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October 19, 2009

Events in Guinea

On September 28, a violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, led to the deaths of at least 150 people. Many rapes were also reported. The trouble in Guinea goes back to last December, when a...

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February 26, 2009

Stop the war against women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo

For ten years, the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) has been the world's deadliest killing ground as warfare and violence have ravaged the country. Amidst the tragedy, rape is systematically used as a weapon of war. And children are forced to...

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