READ: NEW Piece in The Guardian - "City of Joy: New hope for Congo's brutalised women"
On February 4th, Deputy Editor of The Guardian, Katharine Viner, traveled with our delegation to the opening ceremony of City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC. Her piece, City of Joy: New hope for Congo's brutalized women, which was printed on Saturday, April 9th, beautifully and intricately encapsulates not only the opening celebration, but the issues facing women of Congo, and the women themselves.
Eastern Congo is the rape capital of the world and the worst place on earth to be a woman. Katharine Viner reports on a radical new centre that promises its citizens a better future.
Women builders were part of the team that constructed City of Joy. At the opening ceremony they danced with bricks on their heads.
Jeanne is 27, with a round face that makes her look younger, but she struggles on to the stage. She finds walking difficult, ever since she was tied to a tree and gang raped for many weeks, had surgery to repair the damage, went home and was raped again. She became pregnant during one of the attacks and was forced to give birth in the company of the militias; the baby died. Jeanne finally escaped to the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, at the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has had repeated operations on her desecrated lower body. She looks small, shy, defeated.
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THIS FRIDAY IN NYC: An Evening with Malalai Joya Featuring Eve Ensler
On Friday, April 15, 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.
Friday, April 15 - 7- 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 free and open to the public - arrive early to guarantee admission!
Donations to support the cost of Ms. Joya's tour, her health clinic in Farah Province, and her office in Kabul will not be accepted at the door, however you can donate here* >
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UPDATE: Activist/Climber Georgina Miranda Reaches Base Camp!
Activist/climber Georgina Miranda has arrived at the Everest Base Camp! Georgina set out on April 1st 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:
We made it to Base Camp today!! Now it feels like the adventure is just about to begin. The leisurely week we had has come to an end and we are now in our tents and our warm clothes are our best friends :) Today I felt like I was going to climb Everest...why...well I was weaker, had a headache, upset tummy. Basically the effects of altitude have set in. They are very minor and completely normal and after a couple of days acclimitizing here I will feel much better. This will be my home for the next 2 months, my safe zone, mi little casa :) It was a bit emotional coming into camp and I felt like wow, I am living the dream-I made it : ) Now I have to really make it and summit and return safely down, but that is a long time away....maybe May 21stish or so...really all weather dependant...so too soon to tell. It is all about one step at a time and patience!
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IT'S NOT TOO LATE! Attend A V-Day Event Near You!
There are only three weeks left of V-Season! From February 1 - April 30, over 1,500 colleges and communities all over the word will host V-Day benefit events raising funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls. Events include Eve Ensler's ground breaking play The Vagina Monologues, readings of V-Day's anthology A Memory, Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer and Any One of Us: Words from Prison, documentary film screenings of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops and What I Want My Words To Do To You, Haiti and Congo teach-ins and house parties, and V-Men Workshops.
Events are still happening! Find an event near you and help support the movement to end violence against women and girls in your community!
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