Three Winners of Worldwide Stop-Rape Contest Announced
Sixty finalists of V-Day's Stop-Rape Contest traveled to New York from all around the world to attend the Gathering to End Violence summit on February 10, 2001.
The 60 finalists were selected by a team of eleven regional coordinators - all activists around the world working to stop violence in their communities.
Entries to the contest were received from: Uganda, Eritrea, Sudan, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Malawi, Canada, Ghana, The Gambia, Rwanda, Cameroon, Senegal, France, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Croatia, Kazakstan, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Bosnia, Mongolia, Russia, Belgium, Kenya, Costa Rica, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Australia, Philippines, India and the U.S.
In an all-day judging match at the Gathering to End Violence, the 60 finalists presented the action plans they developed in their countries for preventing violence.
For example, a 14-year-old finalist from Guatemala proposed a 12-step program to work with sexual offenders. She has been developing the program since she was 7 years old, when her older sister was raped.
Three winners were chosen by the close of the Gathering Summit and their action plans will be funded by the V-Day Fund in 2001 and put into development in their community of origin.
The three winners are:
(The V-Day Stop-Rape Contest was coordinated with the help of