Friday, August 31, 2007

Missed the Show? See the pics: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Missed the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls show? You can still see the pics in the New York Times! Check out this photo slide show by Lauren Lancaster. She got some really beautiful shots that bring on the feel of the rock camp shows.

Or come to the benefit show thrown by Baby In the Corner...
Baby In the Corner presents:
Brooklyn Art Blast!
@ Luna Lounge. Thursday September 6th, 8pm
381 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
$15 charitable donation

A music & performance blow-out to benefit Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Featuring MC Mr. Murray Hill - the hardest working middle-aged man in show business, plus
Lolita Bras
Comedienne Sue Ball
Milton
Burlesque by the lovely Cousin Birdie
The Fatales
DJ Sambarella

Fun Fun Fun.....

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fall Application Deadlines for Girls Write Now

Girls Write Now is in search of NYC Teen Girl Writers looking to sharpen their skills and work one on one with a mentor in the writing professions as well as participate in monthly workshops. All girls complete a 7 genre portfolio which they can use for contest entries, college admissions, publication, and more.

Girls Write Now is also looking for teachers and administrators to add to our Teachers Network in an effort to diversify the schools, programs, and high school students we work with and to make sure we are targeting the population of under-served female emerging teen writers most in need of our help.

Student enrollment guidelines and a downloadable application can be found at: Girls Write Now

Email enrollement@girlswritenow.org for more info or with questions

Deadline: Sept 10 for mentee applications

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Third Wave Foundation seeks Fall Interns

The Third Wave Foundation supports programs and organizations run by and for young women and transgender activists. Truly visionary when it started 10 years ago, the Third Wave Foundation still fills a much needed void in supported young people's projects and provides funding that is a turning point for many grassroots feminist organizations. If you know a young person who would be interested in learning the inner workings of how to support an activist foundation-- pass this info on to them!


Programs Intern
Seeking one intern to work full-time (40 hrs/week) or two interns to work part-time (20 hrs/week) for the Fall and/or Spring semesters, for school credit or work-study hours, or a small stipend if other funds cannot be secured. Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our programming, fundraising, and grantmaking areas. Ideal candidates have an interest in developing a birds-eye view of the feminist youth activism landscape and learning more about feminist organizations, non-profits, and foundations.
The Program Internship will focus on Third Wave’s two core grant-making areas, the Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative and the Organizing and Advocacy Fund. Interns will have the opportunity to learn more about Third Wave’s overall work and how funding decisions are made, participate in staff meetings, attend relevant events, and work on the foundation’s grantmaking and grantee capacity building processes.

The internship will involve:
•grantee trainings and event planning
•managing the abortion fund
•coordinating funding requests
•research and writing
•some administrative tasks

Individuals applying for this internship should have:
•an ability to plan and prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
•web, database and library research and writing skills
•familiarity with Excel and/or other databases
•a demonstrated interest in organizing by youth and/or communities of color
•knowledge of gender justice issues

If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and a cover letter that mentions your potential start date and days for which you would be available with the following subject heading:
PROGRAM INTERN AP – YOUR NAME
to Jessica Barclay-Strobel at jessica@thirdwavefoundation.org . Third Wave will contact you in August if they are interested in scheduling an interview. They receive a lot of requests and may not be able to follow-up with each person individually.

Communications and Development Intern
Third Wave seeks Communications and Development interns to work part-time (20 hrs/week) for during the months of September through December. Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our programming, fundraising, and grantmaking areas. Ideal candidates have an interest in learning more about feminist organizations, non-profits, and foundations. We offer school credit, work-study hours, or a small stipend.

The Communications and Development Intern will be involved in all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and partnership development. This is an ideal position for candidates interested in learning about how non-profit organizations raise visibility and garner support for its programs. Interns will gain insight into the foundation’s organizational infrastructure.
Interns will work with the Development Officer, Development and Communications Associate and Philanthropic Partnerships Associate.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•conducting research on potential supporters
•assisting with website maintenance
•assisting with overall preparation and logistics for various events
•helping to write marketing, media and mailing materials such as fact sheets, program/services descriptions, and success stories
•assisting with submission of grant proposals and report packages to potential and current funders
•helping to manage a database for tracking all development and outreach activity

Individuals applying for this internship must be organized and detail-oriented. They must possess excellent writing skills and the ability to work independently. Design experience and a desire to learn fundraising skills preferred. This position has the potential to extend into the spring semester. Starting and ending dates can be flexible.

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to Vanessa A. Llana at vanessa@thirdwavefoundation.org .

Monday, August 27, 2007

Girls Write Now kicks off new Board of Directors



I'm proud to be a part of the Board at Girls Write Now-- they have a smart program, dedicated volunteers, and the girls are learning valuable skills while creating a relationship with their mentor. My time so far with Girls Write Now has been inspirational and I'm looking forward to a great year. Please support us! Follow the link to Girls Write Now


"This is the start of an amazing new phase for Girls Write Now," said Maya Nussbaum, Co-founder and Executive Director of GWN. "Our new Board of Directors and Program Committee will work together to make Girls Write Now truly sustainable by building outstanding programming and aggressively pursue new funding opportunities." Maya will remain Executive Director of Girls Write Now and serve on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee.


The new board consists of women leaders from the worlds of nonprofit development, journalism, publishing, and education, including veteran Girls Write Now mentors, and will focus on the organization's fiscal health and development. The Program Committee consists entirely of veteran mentors and is dedicated to programming, curriculum development and membership.

"I am excited to be a part of an organization that is laser-focused on giving girls a voice in this world," said Vanessa Bush, Executive Editor of Essence magazine and new Girls Write Now board member. "When young women learn to express themselves with passion and authority, nothing can be more empowering."


ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Patti Binder is the Chair of the Board of Directors, and committed to girls and young women's leadership both in her day job and through volunteering with NYC girls organizations including Girls Write Now. Currently Patti is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). Stepping into the world of writing, Patti started the blog What's Good for Girls as one way to promote the important work that girls' organizations are doing. Greatly inspired by all the young women and mentors who are a part of Girls Write Now, Patti is thrilled to be deepening her role in this community of women and girls.

Timikal Bobo works as a Programming Strategy Coordinator at Oxygen Media, where she oversees the strategic planning of programming and scheduling for alternative media platforms. She received two BA degrees from University of Cincinnati in Social Science and English Literature, as well as a Writing Certificate. Recently she completed a graduate degree in Media Studies and Certificate in Media Management from The New School University.

Vanessa Bush is Executive Editor of Essence magazine. Previously, she was senior parenting and features editor at Essence, where her duties included writing and editing the parenting columns, in addition to editing and writing center-of-book feature stories with topics ranging from education to personal growth. She also assigns and edits the "Making Love Work" column, top edits Essence's fashion and beauty columns and is a contributing writer for Essence's "Mind/Body" column. Prior to joining the magazine, she served in a variety of editorial capacities at publications such as Life Magazine and Glamour. Vanessa was awarded a 2003 Journalism Fellowship in Child and Family Policy by the University of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. Vanessa received her BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and her MS in magazine concentration from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also received a certificate in book and magazine publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. She is the coauthor of the book Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out.

Lauren Cerand is an independent public relations representative and consultant in New York. Her clients are a purposefully eclectic mix of creative professionals, and she specializes in generating initial buzz and building sustained attention for projects and individuals. The Village Voice included her in its "Best of New York" issue. A graduate of Cornell University, Lauren compiles "The Smart Set," a weekly round-up of cultural happenings for premier lit-blog MaudNewton.com, and writes about art, politics and style at LuxLotus.com.

Annie J. Howell is a documentary and fiction filmmaker, and currently directs the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies at The New School in New York City. Her award-winning films have been exhibited at festivals worldwide and have screened on PBS, The Sundance Channel and the Independent Film Channel. At The New School, she has directed a large undergraduate curriculum in Media Studies; served as Assistant Professor, teaching courses in screenwriting, directing, and documentary.

Maya Nussbaum, Co-founder and Executive Director of Girls Write Now, has grown the organization from a loose association into a dynamic community for New York City women writers as diverse as the city itself. Maya has a background in writing and the visual arts. A former director of Von Lintel Gallery and Ash Fine Art, she has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from Columbia University. During her nearly 10 years with Girls Write Now, Maya has created and produced all programs and curricula, and trained and managed over 600 professional women writers and emerging teen authors in mentoring and creative writing.

Natasha Reilly-Moynihan is Development Director at Creative Arts Workshops (CAW). CAW is a nonprofit organization that utilizes the visual and performing arts to teach life skills to children and teens while enriching communities. CAW develops Saturday, after-school, and summer art programs that empower youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their leadership and public speaking skills, build self-confidence and deepen the relationship between art and community.

Terry Selucky is a freelance writer, playwright and screenwriter whose work has been seen onstage in New York City and Chicago. She's been a contributor to such publications as Time Out New York, Not for Tourists travel guides and Hundreds of Heads books, and has also been a writer and editor for online travel content. Through Project: Philanthropy, she has helped to develop and write marketing and publicity for several non-for-profit organizations and she is an artistic associate of Chicago's Sansculottes Theater Company, where she was founding artistic director for nearly three years. This is her second season with Girls Write Now.

Trudy Stallings is Development Director at Figure Skating in Harlem. Trudy's professional and volunteer experiences with non-profit organizations date back 12 years. Before joining Figure Skating in Harlem, Trudy held the principal responsibility for government and foundation fundraising at The Harlem School of the Arts, and was the director of development and administration at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, both Harlem-based organizations.

Michele Thomas works as the Assistant Managing Editor at The French Culinary Institute. Her diverse work experience includes covering health and nutrition as a freelance writer, working as the managing editor of a nationally syndicated newspaper distribution service, and writing and editing K-12 textbooks and teaching materials for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Harcourt School Publishers, Pearson Education, and Houghton-Mifflin. This is her third season with Girls Write Now.

Jessica Valenti is the Founder and Executive Editor of Feministing.com. She also blogs at UN Dispatch and is a contributor to the Daou Report. Jessica is a co-founder of the REAL hot 100, a national campaign that aims to change the perception of younger women in the media, and a contributing author to We Don't Need Another Wave: Young Feminist Writers Speak Out (Seal Press). Her writing has appeared in Alternet, Salon, The Guardian and Guernica magazine. Her newest book, Full Frontal Feminism : A Young Women's Guide to Why Feminism Matters (Seal Press), was published in Spring 2007.

Aleksandra Wagner
, presently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and a member-in-training at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, has completed her BA in musicology and BA in comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her interests, and a dissertation theme, are in connections between sociology and psychoanalysis, particularly in the realms of method (ethnography, biography, case study) and social history. Before coming to The New School, she taught sociology at the College of Staten Island, and Hunter College (CUNY). She is a member of Editorial Staff of The Psychoanalytic Review, member of the Editorial Board of The Discourse of Sociological Practice, and a practicing psychotherapist.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Allison Heiny, Enrollment Director, recruits and enrolls Girls Write Now's mentees--NYC's talented emerging teen authors--and the sophisticated team of professional women writers who mentor them. Allison is the Foreign Rights Manager and Managing Editor for Alloy Entertainment, the teen novel packager that developed both The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and the Gossip Girl series. She holds a BA in Journalism and Women's Studies from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and enjoys working on her own fiction and non-fiction writing. Allison has been with Girls Write Now since 2002.

Pooja Makhijani, Curriculum Director, oversees the content of Girls Write Now's one-of-a-kind curriculum and workshops. Pooja is the editor of Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America, an anthology of essays by women that explores the complex ways in which race shapes American lives and families, and Mama's Saris, her first picture book. She has been with Girls Write Now since 2005.

Maya Nussbaum, Co-Founder and Executive Director, has served as director since the organization's formal incorporation as a nonprofit and public charity in 2005.

Maggie Pouncey, Talent Director, focuses on mentor and mentee writing development and relationship support. Maggie is pursuing a MFA in creative writing at Columbia University, where she teaches undergraduate writing. She is at work on a collection of stories and a novel. This is her second season mentoring with Girls Write Now.

Sarah Robbins, New Programs & Events Director, coordinates Girls Write Now's college prep events, field trips, and special programs including Girls Life Adventure, Ladies Write Now - the organization's mentor-only writing group - and the Freelancer's Support Circle. Sarah is a fomer senior writer for Shape Magazine and a contributing writer at TimeOut New York Kids . Her work has appeared in American Book Review, ArtNews, Glamour, Men's Journal, Newsday, and UsWeekly. Sarah has an MFA in fiction writing from the New School and dual bachelor's degrees in journalism and English writing from Northwestern University.This is her second year with Girls Write Now.

Terry Selucky, Development Director, focuses on fundraising through Girls Write Now's active membership and alumni. She first joined the organization as a mentor in 2006 after moving to New York City from Chicago.

Michele Thomas, Communications Director and Program Chair, manages media outreach and production of Girls Write Now publications and informational materials, including www.girlswritenow.org and the annual Girls Write Now anthology. This is Michele's third season mentoring with the organization.



ABOUT GIRLS WRITE NOW

Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now Inc. (GWN) provides a safe and supportive environment where girls can expand their natural writing talents, develop independent creative voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career and life. GWN is the only East Coast nonprofit that combines mentoring and creative writing training within the context of all-girl programming. GWN gives at-risk high school girls with emerging writing talent the unique opportunity to be custom matched with a professional woman writer who serves as her individual mentor and writing coach, meeting with her weekly for one entire school year, and for up to four years. GWN also enrolls each student in a vibrant writing community and professional network: all mentees and mentors gather monthly for genre-based workshops conducted at Teachers & Writers Collaborative -- the home of the oldest writers-in-the-schools program in the country -- in midtown Manhattan. The year is punctuated by three public readings, college and career prep seminars, a social awarareness program, field trips to cultural events, and endless opportunities for scholarships and publication. The magic of the program is reflected in a solid nine-year track record, a 65-percent member retention rate, a 100-percent college acceptance rate, an annual anthology of original writing, and the seven-genre portfolios each student emerges equipped with each season.

AT A GLANCE

Girls Write Now, Inc.
Founded: 1998
Headquarters: 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2020, New York, NY 10018
Website: www.girlswritenow.org
Co-Founder and Executive Director: Maya Nussbaum

Friday, August 24, 2007

Last Chance to Rock with Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Tomorrow is your last chance to see 2007's hottest new bands. Come rock out with Roadkill Rewind, The Exploding Amps, The Dangerous Mz. Pac Man, The Abominable Snowgirls, Disturbed Disney, and many more!

WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS SESSION 2 SHOWCASE
SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH
at the HIGHLINE BALLROOM
431 W. 16th Street (bween 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Doors @ 11:30am
SHOW STARTS @ 12:00pm!!!
Suggested donation $6-$10
All ages!

Get your tickets at the door, or buy them online now at willie mae rock camp

Brunch & drinks will also be available - see the menu highlineballroom

Thursday, August 23, 2007

YPulse takes on Girls Issues today

Check Anastasia at YPulse. She covers some great girl-related stuff today including:

Dove's Love Your Hair Campaign (includes video) here


Teen Movies Need a Girls Night Out here


and info on a new sports mag for girls.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

GOOD Mag highlights Girl Power

or the lack of Girl Power in elected officials.

I'm all for the message about gender inequality in our elected representatives and I'm glad to see Good Magazine covering it. They get it right with the line "Half of us are female but only 10 of our leaders are." But I'm not crazy about the "Girl Power" heading. Just like Hillary's "I'm your girl" comment, I think adult women need to represent themselves as adult women, and NOT AS GIRLS. (For the record-- I'm with Jennifer Pozner at Women in Media and News who thinks Hillary should have said "I'm your candidate.") Watch Jennifer discuss this here

When the word "girl" is a substitute for all things female, how can we preserve what it means to be a girl, under 18, as separate and distinct from being an adult woman? I don't think we can. It's the subject I love to harp on, its true, but the more I see it especially in PRINT or by adult women running for office, the more it makes me crazy. It's one thing to be in a group of your friends and say "O'kay girls" and another to publicly represent adult women as girls.

I believe we can all help preserve girlhood for girls through our language.

Check it out: Girl Power transparency on the Good Magazine website.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bloggers Abound: New Wave Grrrl



My friend Emily has joined the blog-o-sphere, paying special attention to girls and women with disabilities. I'm so impressed! And check it: she created her own logo. Cool!

Go see what she's talking about and tell her WhatsGoodForGirls sent you: New Wave Grrrl

Rose and Isabel: Graphic Novel Girls Kick A$$

I love Rose and Isabel. Maybe its because I want to unleash my inner avenger. Maybe its because I have a new fondness for graphic novels. Maybe its because I love when strong females kick serious a$$.

For excellent summer reading, check out order Ted Mathel's Rose and Isabel books (both 1 and 2. Trust me. If you only buy the first one, you'll be sorry and waiting by your mailbox until the second one arrives)

Ted is a fancy pants story supervisor over at Pixar who created two willful female characters who set out to bring their brothers back from battle during the Civil War. Its a gripping story. Rose and Isabel are two young women with amazing powers. I want to say more, I do, but then you might not get the books.

One of my fave features is the sketchbook that shows the development of the characters located in the back of the book. I love that.

Check them out: Rose and Isabel

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Celina Strikes Again: Bodega Ave

What would I do without feministing??? All the feminist news, headlines, and contraversies...they keep me up to date on all the stuff I don't hear on NPR or read in the Times.

This week Celina interviewed the women who make the comic Bodega Ave, a comic about pre teen characters living in Brooklyn and often in both English and Spanish. Thanks to Celina's interview, I've checked them out and now, I'm a fan. I can't wait for their graphic novel, a new genre (new to me, anyway) that I am really getting into.

Check out the interview and check out what the creators say about their characters' feminist leanings here

and the comic here

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Seeking Submissions: Poems on Girlhood

Anthology Call for Work:

For an anthology of contemporary poetry on girlhood aimed at high school and college level readers, co-editors Arielle Greenberg and Becca Klaver seek submission of poems on or relevant to any aspect of the experience of girlhood, from childhood to young adulthood by poets with at least one published or forthcoming poetry collection from a nationally-distributed press.

We aim to create an anthology that addresses the need young women have for challenging, intelligent, complicated literature about their lives. Possible subjects include but are not limited to experiences of family relationships, work, activism, sexuality, friendship, consumer culture, physical or mental illness, body image, domesticity, athleticism, intellectual pursuits, creativity, geography, displacement, belonging, separation, identity formation, partnership
and triumph. Poems that are not subject-driven or narrative but
might still be of particular interest to a teenage girl reader are also welcome.

In addition to submissions of your own work, we would be interested in hearing suggestions of individual poems that you know of and feel should be included in such an anthology.

As we have a very limited permissions budget, we prefer submissions
of poems that are either unpublished or to which the poet retains the rights.

Previously published poems will be considered; please indicate if the poems you are submitting have been published.

Switchback Books plans to publish the anthology in 2009.

Please send no more than three poems no later than October 1, 2007 via email Word attachment to: becca [at] switchbackbooks [dot] com

or via snail mail in care of:
Becca Klaver, Assistant Programs Director, English Department, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605-1996.

Please include an email address. We expect to notify poets regarding submission status via email by Summer 2008.

http://www.switchbackbooks.com/anthology.html

(thanks to Maya and Girls Write Now for the info)

Harlem Fashion Show to benefit GEMS




Looking for something fun to do that also benefits NYC youth? An amazing woman at Enfiniti Productions has put together a fashion show featuring Harlem boutiques. Ticket sales benefit GEMS and Brotherhood Sister Sol, two Harlem based non profit organizations.

$20 in advance $30 at the door

The New Harlem Renaissance Fashion Show
THIS THURSDAY August 16th at 8PM
145th and Riverside Drive

Tickets available online:
www.harlemfashionrow.com

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Safe in Our World

Get ready for the Brooklyn Girls Collaborative Summit Safe in Our World on Tuesday, August 14, 2008. Spread the word you to know to girls and young women ages 12 - 20

Long Island University
Downtown Brooklyn Campus
Kumble Theater
12:00 – 5:00
includes lunch
Call 212.531.7620 for information
or visit Brooklyn Girls

4/5 or 2/3 to Nevins Street Station
B, M, Q, or R to Dekalb Avenue
A, C, or G train to Hoyt Schemerhorn Station

Conference includes includes video, dance, workshops and a forum with community leaders, including a New York State Senator and New York City Council Member!

Sign up for workshops by age group

Ages 12 to 14
Safety and Self Defense: "Safety 101" presented by Dwa Fanm
This workshop will introduce issues of self defence, including using your voice, practice blocking and being aware of your surroundings as a way to keep yourself safe.

Safety and Relationships: "Take Charge" presented by Girl Scouts
This workshop will deal with sensitive issues such as sexual harassment, dating violence, incest and similar issues.

Safety and Schools:
"Get Up, Stand Up: Teasing & Bullying" by Girls Inc.
This workshop will help girls examine healthy responses to teasing and bullying in their lives.

Safety and Empowerment: "You are Phenomenal & We're Going to Tell You Why" presented by Hip Hop 4 Life. This workshop addresses the building blocks for staying emotionally and physically safe – making positive life choices and decisions for success.

Ages 15 and over
Safety and Self Defense: "Violence Prevention & Self Defense" by Center for Anti Violence Education Build self-esteem while learning violence-prevention strategies and self-defense techniques. The workshop includes awareness exercises using eyes, voices & body language; games that help build assertiveness; and discussions highlighting major safety concerns facing young women.

Safety and the Street: "Sister in Strength Strikes Back: Our Struggle with Street Harassment" presented by Girls for Gender Equity
Screening of "Hey… Shorty!" – a documentary film about street harassment from women of color's perspective made by teen women community organizers. The Director of the film will lead a discussion about how young people can fight against street harassment.

Safety and Sexuality: "EC & You" by North Shore/LIJ School Based Health Center This very informative workshop focuses on emergency contraception as a way for women to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy. Participants will learn about New York State reproductive health law which guarantees free and confidential reproductive services.

Safety and Sexuality: "Safer Sex 101" presented by Red Hook Initiative
The Red Hook Initiative Peer Health Educators will present a workshop on safer sex. Topics include sexual decision making, how to protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Any and all questions will be answered regarding sexuality, safe sex, and staying healthy.

Safety and Relationships:
presented by Day One
This interactive workshop will give participants an understanding of dating violence, including signs and ways to get help.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Rock Out with Willie Mae Rock Camp



Don't miss Saturday's Rock Showcase-- check out the bands that formed at Willie Mae's week of Rockin Out last week. It's way fun! You'll be shocked at the great music that can be created in one week and thrilled to see the power and creativity of girls on stage. It's WAY FUN!

While you are there, pick up some "merch" and support the bands, and throw a few extra bucks to the Willie Mae Rock Camp. This all volunteer org works their butts off to pull camp off every year.

For tickets (6 bucks!)
Highline Ballroom
For more info:
Willie Mae Rock Camp
Rock Camp My Space page

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!

To learn more, visit http://www.vday.org/contents/drcongo
and sign up for the e-newsletter