Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Glamour Magazine covers Rape in the Congo

Pick up a copy of Glamour Magazine today to read up on Eve Ensler's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ensler's V-Day, UNICEF and the women of Eastern DRC are working together on the campaign, "Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo”

Before I went to the Congo, I’d spent the past 10 years working on V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. I’d traveled to the rape mines of the world--places like Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti, where rape has been used as a tool of war. But nothing I ever experienced felt as ghastly, terrifying and complete as the sexual torture and attempted destruction of the female species here. The violence is a threat to all; young girls and village elders alike are at risk. It is not too strong to call this a femicide, to say that the future of the Congo’s women is in serious jeopardy,” Ensler states.

I'm grateful to see two worldwide organizations working together with the women in Congo to stand up for the rights of women and girls. Women and girls need allies, big and small, to support them in overcoming this violence. AND given all the stories out there, let's give some props to Glamour for covering the story. Thanks to Purva Panday at V-Day for the heads-up!

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