Eve Responds to New Report of Horrifying Rape Statistics in Congo - READ Eve's New Huff Po Piece: OVER
On Tuesday May 11th, a new study was released confirming for a worldwide audience what women and activists working in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have known for years; that the number of women raped in DRC far exceeds previous estimations, twice as many per year (400,000) as has been "reported" in the last 13 (200,000).
In response to the recent report and the international attention it has been receiving, V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler has written the following piece for The Huffington Post:
Here's what I AM OVER
400 thousand women getting raped a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo
48 women getting raped an hour
1,100 raped a day
I AM OVER
This being new/news. The world responding to these statistics as if it's the first time they ever heard anything about the atrocities in the Congo. When western white people make reports the rapes exist. When the Congolese who live amidst the madness speak out, scream out, cry out, do we not believe them? Hear them? Do they not matter?
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TAKE ACTION: V-Day has worked with women and men in Congo for over four years through our global campaign STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: Power To The Women and Girls of the DRC. In February 2011, V-Day and the Fondation Panzi (DRC) held the opening ceremony for the City of Joy, a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since the campaign began, we have witnessed first hand the femicide taking place on the ground, the unbelievable amount of suffering, and systematic destruction of women and girls, and through them whole communities. But we have also witnessed the incredible courage, grace, strength, and power of the Congolese women, who are working day and night to end the violence that is being perpetrated against their mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and friends. V-Day stands with the women and girls of the DRC, and we ask you to join us in supporting the work being done on the ground to end the violence and change the story of women:
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VIEW Photo Gallery from the Opening of City of Joy >
MEET Rada Boric, V-Day Campaign Coordinator for Eastern Europe!
Vita Europe, an English language news portal that aims to create an identity and culture for European civil society, recently highlighted the work of long-time V-Day activists and Eastern Europe Coordinator Rada Boric:
"People think that vaginas are more dangerous than the atomic bomb," says Rada Boric and she knows full well that they are right. For more than ten years she has been one of the thousands of women volunteers to produce benefit performances of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, through V-Day campaigns, in order to raise awareness and funds to finance projects that fight violence towards women. If Boric is aware that the "v-word" still has the power to make people blush, she also knows how important it is to reclaim it. During the war in the Balkans she was among the creators of the Center for Women War Victims in Croatia and she is now board member of the women's rights organization European Women's Lobby and executive director at the Center for Women's Studies in Zagreb. In 2008 she co-produced V-Day Zagreb-Belgrade-Sarajevo, Vagina Triangle. For the occasion a group of actresses travelled on a small van to perform the show in the three cities that had been mostly hit by the conflict, in only three days. We meet Boric to talk about her life as an activist and the success of the V-Day event she organized in Zagreb last April, which for the first time brought women with disabilities on stage.
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW! VIVA VEVOLUTION - V-Day's Annual NYC Benefit & Eve's Birthday Dance Party!
Join V-Day, Eve, Carole Black, Michael Balaoing, Jennifer Buffett, Rosario Dawson, Beth Dozoretz, Jane Fonda, Donna Karan, Beth Karpfinger, Katherine McFate, Pat Mitchell,
Thandie Newton, Linda Pope, Emily Scott Pottruck, Amy Rao, Cari Ross, David Stone, Susan Ceclia Swan, and Kerry Washington*, and special guests from Haiti and Congo as we celebrate ending violence and the vagina revolution!
WHAT: V-Day's Annual NYC Fundraiser & Eve's Birthday Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 6:30PM
WHERE: Urban Zen Center at Stephen Weiss Studio, 711 Greenwich Street, NYC
TICKETS: $250; $1,000; $2,500; $25,000
Immediately following the event, stay with us to enjoy a special birthday dance party celebration for Eve!!!
To purchase tickets, and for tables and sponsorship inquiries CLICK HERE >
Join us for this vevolutionary night!
Dress as if you were fully alive and completely yourself
(Note: everything goes. We dare you!)