Randi Aho, Kathryn Bowman and Delaney Simon

Randi Aho is a 2013 graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, where she concentrated in human rights and specialized in conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs. Aho was also awarded a Departmental Research Assistant fellowship for the human-rights concentration at SIPA. Previously, she was a fellow with the Center for Victims of Torture and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, both based in Minneapolis, and interned with such organizations as the United States Agency for International Development in Senegal and the Center for Women's Development and Research in India. In addition, she has done fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Japan and the US. She has a bachelor's degree in global studies from the University of Minnesota.

Kathryn Bowman is a 2013 graduate of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where she concentrated in human rights with a regional focus on Africa. Bowman's work in Africa began with HEART (Health Education Africa Resource Team), based in Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on HIV/AIDS and women's rights programs. She also worked with the Carter Center's human-rights program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bowman has a bachelor's degree with high distinction in foreign affairs and French from the University of Virginia.

Delaney Simon is a 2013 graduate of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where she specialized in international security, conflict resolution and gender. She has published papers on gender and security and on conflict stabilization and has worked with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Center for International Conflict Resolution, the Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the United Nations and the United Nations Development Program in Colombia, where she researched the impact of extractive resources on conflict. Delaney has a B.A. from Barnard College, where she graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

July 15, 2013 
Prayers in Congo
  At the United Nations Security Council’s ministerial meeting on securing peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rest of the Great Lakes region on July 25, to be presided over by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, we will likely be reminded that Congo, often referred to as the “rape …

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