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RISE To End Rape Culture: An Open Letter to Mayor Duterte by Monique Wilson

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In response to statements made by presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte joking about a murdered Australian rape victim, One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson penned an open letter to Duterte imploring him to use his voice to end rape culture. READ & SHARE the letter:

"Mayor Duterte, rape is rape. I don't have to tell you what that means. But you need to understand the full gravity of rape and rape culture. And where your actions play a part in perpetuating that.

Rape culture is denying the weight and seriousness of the crime by joking about it. It doesn't matter that you tell us later on what the context of the story was.

All that matters is that you made light of it, and allowed your followers at that rally to laugh along, diminishing the gravity of the rape.

Words are important Mayor. You cannot throw them out playfully and casually and not look at the consequences of what your words do." - Monique Wilson

READ the full letter >


Eve Profiles Yezidi Activist Nadia Murad for TIME's "The 100 Most Influential People" Feature

In 2014, Nadia Murad was kidnapped from her Kocho in Northern Iraq after ISIL militants ransacked her village and murdered hundreds of men and older women. After months of enslavement, suffering countless atrocities, she escaped and is speaking out to raise awareness of the girls who remain in captivity. Eve was asked by TIME Magazine to profile her as one of the 100 Most Influential People:

A Witness for War's Victims

Nadia1.jpgNadia Murad stands in a long, invisible history of fierce, indomitable women who rise from the scorched earth of rape during war to break the odious silence and demand justice and freedom for their sisters. At 19 she lost her home, her country, her culture, her mother to murder; witnessed male members of her family murdered in mass killings; and was kidnapped, sold and endlessly raped by members of ISIS. She now travels the world speaking out on the genocide being inflicted on her Yezidi people and demanding release for the more than 3,000 women still held in bondage.

As Europe closes its borders to terrorized refugees in Greece and the U.S. turns its back on the suffering, Nadia is a beacon of light and truth—a reminder that it was the American-led war in Iraq that laid the path for ISIS, that U.S. arms left behind on the battlefield fell into the hands of ISIS and that the U.S. waited too long to intervene in the mass killing and enslavement of the Yezidi people. At 23, Nadia Murad is risking everything to awaken us. I hope we are listening, because we too are responsible. - Ensler is a playwright and the founder of V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls

READ Nadia's profile online >


Dr. Denis Mukwege Featured in TIME Magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People" Feature

time-100-2016-denis-mukwege.jpgCongratulations to Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of the Panzi Hospital, for also being named to TIME's list of the 100 Most Influential people for his work healing the survivors of wartime rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

READ Dr. Mukwege's profile by Dr. Jill Biden >



Attend In the Body of the World at A.R.T in May

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Don't miss your chance to see the world premiere of Eve's newest work In The Body of The World - at American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, MA from May 10-29, 2016. Tickets are going fast, reserve your seat today.

Each performance will feature a post-show talkback with doctors, experts and activists. On 22 and 25 May, join City of Joy & V-Day Congo's Director Christine Schuler Deschryver to hear about the amazing updates about City of Joy and V-World Farm firsthand from Christine.

READ coverage in BroadwayWorld with more information on the play and other talkback guests >

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