Eve Ensler distinguished guest lecturer – Turning Pain to Power: Women Rising in the Congo

PRESS RELEASE
September 18, 2009

The seminar on Intersectionality: Identity, Power & Law at Columbia Law School presents Distinguished Guest Lecturer Eve Ensler in "Turning Pain to Power: Women Rising in the Congo.” The event will be held on Monday, September 21st from 5-7pm at Columbia Law School, Room JG 104. The event is co-sponsored by the African American Policy Forum.

Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP, please email syeh@law.columbia.edu.

Event Description

For nearly 12 years an invisible war has ravaged this beloved, beleaguered country. Over five million dead, hundreds of thousands of women and girls raped and sexually tortured in the most unimaginable ways, 800,000 internally displaced since January 2009 and close to 350,000 forced to flee to neighbouring countries. This violence is fuelled by the world’s need for minerals, most recently due to the economic crisis. Congo, the sixth most mineral-rich country in Africa, has become the stage for a regional war fuelled by ¬economic interests. There has been no accountability for these horrific crimes, no justice, hardly a mention in the world press.

Come learn more about these unspeakable atrocities as we explore this issues further with Eve Ensler, award winning author of The Vagina Monologues, activist and founder of V-day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

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You can also read several of Eve’s articles/commentary on women in the Congo:

A Broken U.N. Promise in Congo
The Washington Post
June 30, 2009

An apathetic, greedy west has abandoned war-torn Congo
Guardian UK
June 18, 2009

Women Left for Dead — and the Man Who’s Saving Them
Glamour
August 1, 2007

 Read more on the Congo HERE.

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