UNANIMA’s CSW Side Event
UNANIMA presented a very moving side event at the Commission on the Status of Women, for an audience of over 85 persons. “Women of Courage and Forgiveness” featured three women, each of whom had moved from an experience of violence, through forgiveness and healing, to a healing ministry for the world. Dianna Ortiz OSU shared her experience of abduction and torture in Guatemala, and how she moved through years of suffering to action for justice and care for other survivors of torture. Rose Mapendo—see the January 2014 Update—was able to be with us via video to share her remarkable story of how she survived a Congolese death camp and how she used that experience to start a foundation to help women victims in Africa. The schoolgirls in attendance were spellbound at Jasmine Marino’s personal story about how a typical girl in the USA could be trafficked into prostitution; her experience of trafficking and drug dependency has made her into a mentor for at-risk girls, an advocate for women in safe houses, and the founder of an outreach ministry called Bags of Hope.