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NEW: Expanded Paula Allen Photo Gallery of City of Joy!

V-Day is pleased to launch the City of Joy Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery, by world-renowned photojournalist and long-time V-Day activist Paula Allen.

This incredible collection of images invites all of our activists into the momentous occasion that was the opening ceremony for City of Joy, a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

City of Joy celebrated its opening on February 4th. The event brought thousands of Congolese women and men, grassroots activists, regional dignitaries, City of Joy residents and staff together with national and international activists, politicians, and supporters.

We invite you to view and share this extensive and beautiful selection of images.

VIEW City of Joy Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery >

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JOIN US: An Evening with Malalai Joya Featuring Eve Ensler, April 15 in NYC

On Friday, April 15, V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler will join Malalai Joya, a long time V-Day activist, author, and one of the most courageous voices for justice and peace in Afghanistan, to discuss the experiences and resilience of women (and all people) in Afghanistan -- and what people in the U.S. can do to raise their voices and support their struggles.

An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler:

Women Facing War in Afghanistan, and the Need for U.S. Solidarity

Friday, April 15 -- 7pm til 9pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Recital Hall

365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street [BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33]

This event is open to the public, $20 suggested donation

For more information: www.southasiainitiative.org

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Coalition Goes on Hunger Fast to Protest Budget Cuts

A large coalition of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other advocacy organizations have announced a broad based movement of fasting, prayer and advocacy, provoked by budget cuts proposed by Congress that would disproportionately hurt those living in poverty.

On March 27th, Ambassador Tony Hall, Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and Ritu Sharma, president of Women Thrive Worldwide--announced the beginning of their own fasts. They challenged people of faith and conscience to join them, pledging to put pressure on Congress to form a "circle of protection" around programs benefitting poor and hungry people.

"Seven in ten of the world's hungry are women, who are also responsible for ensuring that their families are fed," said Ritu Sharma, "As someone who has tried to live on a dollar a day myself in some of the world's poorest areas, I have experienced a little of what they struggle with every day. It is essential for our lawmakers not to slash budgets that invest in the sustainability of global food supplies when food prices and hunger are both at all-time highs."

Hunger and poverty are, at their core, women's issues. Women and girls make up a little over half of the world population, but they account for over 60 percent of the worlds hungry. Cuts to international assistance programs affect these women and children, in tangible and long lasting ways.

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Activist to Climb World's Highest in Support of Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On April 1st, climber and activist Georgina Miranda began her trek to the Mount Everest Basecamp as part of her campaign "Climb Take Action," which is raising funds and awareness around the epidemic of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Miranda's Everest climb marks the sixth mountain on her quest to scale all seven of the highest summits in each continent. Only 13 women in the United States a total of 37 globally have climbed the seven summits, and Los Angeles native Miranda hopes to reach new heights of her own and join this elite group of women, while also raising awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls in the DRC. Funds raised through her climb will benefit V-Day and International Medical Corps.

"I embarked on this journey three years ago not only to fulfill my personal dream to climb the seven summits in the world, but also to bring awareness to the harsh conditions and realities women experience daily in DRC," says Miranda. "These women inspire me to climb and to take action and I hope that my work will also inspire others to help the people of DRC."

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READ Georgina Miranda's Huffington Post Piece "It Only takes One" >

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