Cindy McCain is teaming up with actor Ben Affleck to try to bring more attention to violence against women in Congo, as well as that country’s upcoming presidential election.
McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, wrapped up a five-day trip to Congo and East Africa early Friday. During her visit she met with community organizations that help women deal with sexual violence, which is rampant in the large central African nation.
She also investigated whether the International Republican Institute, which her husband chairs, should get involved with November’s election.
“When you talk about sexual violence against women in a country that’s fledgling and trying to hold elections, it can affect elections,” McCain said. “If the election becomes violent, women can be targeted.”
McCain, who first carried out medical aid work in Congo in 1994, is a part of Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative, which aids grass-roots groups in Congo. The two will travel to Congo in November for the election.
“I’m thrilled to be working with him, number one, and I’ve learned a great deal with him because he’s a guy that gets the issues,” McCain said of her partnership with the Hollywood star. “I enjoy being around him. We don’t talk politics. We talk about African politics. And we both talk about our family. It’s a very normal friendship.”
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A judge warned Lindsay
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Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner reminded the actress during a status hearing that she had to complete 480 hours of community service by next April, and that she would not grant any extensions, even if Lohan is working on a film.
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The singer and actor will star alongside Steve Harvey, Gabrielle Union, Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy in “Think Like A Man,” an adaptation of Harvey’s best-selling advice book for women, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.”
Brown’s involvement in the movie is another sign of his remarkable comeback since his 2009 attack on girlfriend Rihanna, for which he pleaded guilty to assault. His album “F.A.M.E” has gone gold, and last week a record crowd of 18,000 fans showed up to see him perform on the “Today” show.