October ACTION ALERT
Title: Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource
Time Frame: 1 Month
Plan of Action: Contribute financial and supply support towards Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Purpose of Action:Since 1996, sexual violence against women and children in the eastern part of the DRC has been used to torture and humiliate women and girls and destroy families. UNICEF estimates that hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped since the conflict began in DRC. In addition to the severe psychological impact, sexual violence leaves many survivors with genital lesions, traumatic fistulae and other physical wounds, as well as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
â€œStop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congoâ€ is being initiated by the women of Eastern DRC, V-Day and UNICEF on behalf of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The campaign calls for an end to the violence and to impunity for those who commit these atrocities.
What You Should Do Now:
1. To donate by check, please mail to:
V-Day, Power to the Women of DRC Campaign
303 Park Ave South, Suite # 1184
New York, NY 10010-3657
Please make checks out to "V-Day" and write "DRC" in the memo line.
Write to the President of DRC, His Excellency the President of DR Congo Joseph Kabila Kabange, urging the Government to do more to stop violence against women and girls and bring perpetrators to justice. Send letters C/O UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, P.O. Box 3862, New York, NY 10163).
Click here to download a letter you can sign and send. http://www.vday.org/contents/drcongo/getinvolved
Donate to City of Joy, a project of Panzi Hospital in partnership with V-Day and Unicef.
Goals & Outcomes
Funds raised will support local groups that provide counseling, medical services and legal aid on the ground.
The creation of City of Joy in Bukavu â€“will give them a safe place to live while providing an education, leadership training and a chance to earn income.
City of Joy will be a refuge for healed women, survivors of rape and torture who have been left without family and community or the capacity to have children. City of Joy will offer a safe haven, providing educational and income-generating opportunities, and support women in becoming the next leaders of the DRC.
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