I don't normally use this blog as a forum to promote "causes," but as a place to broadcast and distinguish the truly bizarre. In this instance I believe the cause supervenes any of my personal wishes for Bizarre Stuff.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is host to the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.
And women and girls have borne the brunt of this horrific crisis, with rape as a weapon of war on a scale seen nowhere else in the world.
But you can do something about it.
Tell President-Elect Obama to announce his plan to end sexual violence in Congo.
Eastern Congo is the worst place in the world to be a woman in 2008. Rape and sexual violence are routinely used as a weapon to destroy women, families, and communities. It is time to get serious about ending the conflict and protecting and empowering Congo's women.
The US government is in a unique position to take action immediately. It can promote peace through aggressive diplomatic efforts, increase UN patrols and support organizations that help keep women safe, and work to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Oxfam America has joined with the RAISE Hope for Congo campaign to raise awareness about the crisis. And by adding your voice, you are helping to raise awareness about the horrors of this nine-year conflict.
Tell the president-elect to announce his plan to end the vicious cycle of sexual violence.