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City of Joy Update: Fifth Class Graduates!

V-Day Congo Director/Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver updates us about the fifth graduating class of City of Joy:

On 5 May 2014, we ended our 5th training session with an extraordinary ceremony, which included members of Panzi Foundation DRC and the Chairman of the board, Dr. Denis Mukwege. Partners from the grassroots associates were also present, along with past graduates who came to participate in their sisters' victory and healing from their traumas.

Our 5th session graduates organized the ceremony themselves with testimonies regarding their radical change in their lifestyle. They testified that they have begun to boldly do things which they could previously never have thought of doing. A woman from the Banyamulenge tribe explained fearlessly that she arrived at City of Joy with a broken, sullied health filled with hatred inherited from the violence she survived in her village. She could not sleep and completely isolated herself for years, she added. At City of Joy, she learned what LOVE and SHARING are. These are the only easy solutions she has owned to release her trauma and leave the abyss, she shouted. Thanks to therapeutic techniques she was taught, she can sleep deeply, love and open herself to others.

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RISE4JUSTICE: "Even Saving Just One Girl is Like Saving Humanity"

On 13 May, Christine Schuler Deschryver and Eve Ensler sat down for a special RISE4JUSTICE conversation at ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.

The evening offered activists in the NYC area, and many more watching online throughout the world, the opportunity to hear about the situation facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and what the City of Joy and V-World Farm are doing to end the violence.

"What keeps me going is seeing all of these girls changing and seeing this community we created where love lives" – Christine Schuler Deschryver

WATCH the archived livestream >

Los Monólogos de la Vagina Opens Off-Broadway!

The Vagina Monologues, has returned in a new form for the first New York City revival! Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be performed by a revolving cast including Miriam Colón, Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale appearing 6 May through 11 May, with del Castillo, Vale and her mother, Angélica María, performing from 14 May through 1 June. Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega will join the Off-Broadway cast of Los Monólogos de la Vagina for a limited, three-week engagement in June. Rubin-Vega will be joined by Maria Cellario (The Royal Family) and Flor de Liz Perez (The House that will not Stand) for the 3 June to 22 June engagement. The production is directed by Jaime Matarredona and produced by Morris Gilbert and Federico González Compeán. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly to benefit V-Day.

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