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VIEW City of Joy Graduation Photos by Paula Allen

On January 28, V-Day and the Fondation Panzi (DRC) celebrated the first graduating class of City of Joy in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence, opened its doors to the pilot class of 42 women this summer. Long time V-Day activists and renowned photojournalist Paula Allen joined V-Day staff and supporters to witness and celebrate the graduation ceremony of this first incredible class. Today we are pleased to share with you Paula's gallery of images from the event, which brilliantly capture the joy and excitement around the festivities.

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READ Eve's letter to activists about the miracles that were witnessed at the graduation >

DONATE to City of Joy >

What They're Saying: City of Joy in the News

Congolese Women Graduate From Inaugural Rape Survival Class (CNN) >

City of Joy Graduation: DRC's Peaceful Revolution Has Begun (The Huffington Post) >

Eve Ensler: 'We Don't Own Our Bodies' (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation) >

A Bukavu, au Congo: La fureur de revivre (BE Magazine) >

Women Graduate from Sexual Violence Survivors Program in the Congo (Care2) >

WATCH: Georgina Miranda Climbs World's Highest Mountains in Support of Women in the DRC

Activist climber Georgina Miranda founded Climb Take Action, an online community and initiative with the goal of climbing The Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Georgina has dedicated herself to this challenge in the hopes of raising awareness and funds to help the women and children in DRC. Funds raised through Climb Take Action benefit V-Day's work in Congo and City of Joy, as well as International Medical Corps.

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UK Tour of The Vagina Monologues Raises Funds for City of Joy

V-Day would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the UK touring production of The Vagina Monologues. The production team including Jonathan Russell and Mark Goucher, and the cast including Wendi Peters, Louisa Lytton, and Zaraah Abrahams have raised over $15,000 for City of Joy and spread awareness throughout the UK on the violence that women and girls face in the DRC, and V-Day's efforts on the ground to end it. Thank you!

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