V-Day is Pleased to Announce
The Opening of CITY OF JOY!

"The opening of the City of Joy is the moment where women of the Congo turn their pain to power. Where they who have suffered so deeply, so invisibly will claim their rights, their bodies and their future. It will be a huge privilege and honor to be present at this momentous occasion," stated Eve Ensler, playwright and V-Day Founder.

A revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), City of Joy will provide up to 180 Congolese women a year with an opportunity to benefit from group therapy; self-defense training; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); economic empowerment; storytelling; dance; theater; ecology and horticulture. Created from their vision, Congolese women will run, operate and direct City of Joy themselves.

READ the Press Release >

READ the New York Times article, Fighting Congo's Ills With Education and an Army of Women >

VIEW City of Joy Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery >


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