Read for a Cause

1 May

ImageA dear friend of mine recommended a book she just read titled “Matika and the River Lion” which takes the reader on a journey with a young daughter of an affluent and prominent military general. Abandoned by her mother during the Lords Liberation Army’s raid, she escapes into the jungle while under the pursuit of a crazed colonel. Matika must rise up, using her ingenuity and inner-strength to make a heroic stand against the Colonel in the final attempt to win her freedom.

Her journey takes readers on a journey of emotional suspense and political unrest through the mystic nature of Africa. What I found interesting is that her story explores the topic of Gender Based Violence (GBV) which both reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. It encompasses a wide range of human rights violations which leave deep psychological scars and in some instances, results in death.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sites that “globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates of abuse reaching 70% in some countries.” Keep in mind that GBV is not exclusive to women. It includes any violence based on gender affecting other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities and the LGBT community.

Read for a Cause 

Author Latrice Simpkins has chosen to donate 100% of the book’s proceeds to a nonprofit with a mission focused on reduction and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). Read for a cause and dive into Matika’s world, 100% of the proceeds will help fight and prevent GBV!

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