Sunday, November 16, 2008

V-Day campaign against domestic and sexual violence

As you know, Equal Writes' lovely co-editor Amelia Thomson DeVeaux '11 is directing this year's campus production of The Vagina Monologues. What you may not know is that this year, the V-Day Campaign (V for victory, valentine and, of course, vagina) is taking aim at the systematic and widespread rape happening right now in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the DRC is a new global campaign to call attention to the wide-scale atrocities committed against women and girls in Eastern DRC and demand an end to the impunity with which these crimes are committed. The Campaign is being initiated by V-Day and UNICEF, representing UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict.

This appalling phenomenon, about which Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler recently wrote for the Huffington Post, has been getting a lot of media attention of late, and here on campus we're glad to be doing our part. But there's more to be done, and you can find out about how to get involved here.

If you are interested in being involved in this year's production of The Vagina Monologues, email Amelia at equalwrites@gmail.com, and if you want to hold an event to raise awareness specifically about the DRC, there's more information about that here.

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