Ashley Judd: Combating Sexual Violence

Ashley Judd tells us how #MeToo applies from Hollywood to refugee camps. And: we hear from survivors in Kosovo.

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Over the years, Ashley Judd has become as well known for her activism and leadership as she is for her A-list acting career. Most recently she helped ignite a firestorm that became the #MeToo movement after being one of the first women to speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood. Her work extends beyond all borders. As the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN’s reproductive health agency, Judd has traveled the world including recent humanitarian missions to the DRC and South Sudan. She continues to be a leader on giving voice to survivors of sexual violence in conflict zones. 

Also: we bring you to Kosovo, where twenty years after the war with Serbia, rape survivors are finally being recognized as war victims. Tens of thousands of women in Kosovo were raped during the war with Serbia. After the war most of these women said nothing — in part because of the cultural stigma. And for a long time survivors were not recognized by the government. But that has recently changed. After many years of lobbying by women’s rights activists, survivors are now eligible for a pension that recognizes them as war victims. Reporters Valerie Plesch and Rebecca Rosman spoke to some women who are now telling their stories for the first time.

Check out photos from the reporting trip to Kosovo. Photo credit: Valerie Plesch.

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