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'Forgotten Girls' Author Available for Comment on 100 Yazidi Women and Children Abducted by ISIS

Michele Rickett Shares Key Insights into the Targeting of Women and Girls as a Tactic of War; Breaking the Cycle of Abuse against Girls and Women in Developing World

Contact: Ty Mays, 770-256-8710 

ROSWELL, Ga., Aug. 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Michele Rickett, an international leader on breaking the cycle of abuse and atrocities against girls and author of the "Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage," is available to provide insight on the recent abduction of more than 100 Yazidi women and children from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.

According to the United Nations, women and girls are commonly targeted as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, punish, disperse and/or forcibly relocate members of a community/ethnic group.

Rickett has led international outreach and advocacy for women and girls for more than two decades. As founder and president of She Is Safe (www.sheissafe.org), she has organized a highly effective organization and developed successful strategies to help equip women and girls to break the seemingly unbreakable cycle of abuse and exploitation largely seen in the developing world.

Rickett is available to provide insight on:

  • Decades of abuse against girls in developing countries
  • Why impoverished girls around the world are so vulnerable to abuse, and what the West can do to help
  • Why girls hold the greatest potential to overcome poverty and build a better future for societies, despite the challenges and dangers they face
  • How organizations are working to empower girls in developing countries and entire communities

The latest activity in Iraq comes not long after the world watched in horror as the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria in April. Since then, a few dozen girls managed to escape, but the rest remain captive, despite increased media attention and efforts by several nations, including the United States, to provide assistance in locating them.

"The recent abductions by ISIS and the Boko Haram kidnapping are just the latest examples of the exploitation of girls largely seen in the developing world," Rickett said. "Our goal is to not only raise awareness of how girls are abused globally, but to ensure that girls who survive these abuses are able to be restored."

"To some, this cycle of abuse seems nearly unbreakable," Rickett continued. "However, we have demonstrated that if we intervene through education and skill training, these young girls will grow up not as 'forgotten ones,' but as a generation of women capable of changing their future and the futures of countless others."

In "Forgotten Girls," Rickett tells the stories of those who have triumphed over oppression and bondage. The book also provides a helpful framework regarding the conditions and backgrounds that often lead to these realities, and includes practical action steps to address these conditions.  

"Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage" is available at bookstores, online at Amazon and as an e-book at online retailers.

She Is Safe (SIS) (www.sheissafe.org) is a Christian non-profit organization that prevents, rescues and restores women and girls from suffering abuse, and exploitation in high risk and least-reached places around the globe. This is accomplished by collaborating with local women in education, economic empowerment, anti-trafficking, and advocacy.  Currently, SIS has strategic partnerships with local women, churches and nonprofits in China, India, Indonesia, Mali, Middle East/North Africa, Nepal, Sudan and South Sudan. The organization is located in Roswell, Ga. 

To schedule an interview with Michele Rickett, contact Ty Mays @ 770-256-8710 or tmays@inchristcommunications.com.