Eve Ensler Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Rape and Violence
Eve Ensler testified on the topic of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, May 13 at 2:30pm before a joint hearing "Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against women in Conflict Zones" of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and the new Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues. Senators Barbara Boxer and Russell D. Feingold presided over the hearing. Eve shared her experiences and knowledge of the issue, and provided recommendations for change.
Joining her on the panel were: Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu, a
Journalist from the DRC; Robert Warwick, Country Director of
Southern Sudan International Rescue Committee; Neimat Ahmadi,
Darfuri Liason Officer for the Save Darfur Coalition, and John
Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Enough Project. Three members
from the State Department also testified: The Honorable Melanne
Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues; The
Honorable Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for
International Organization Affairs, and Phil Carter, Acting
Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs.
The hearing comes shortly after Eve and Stephen Lewis, former UN
Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, were invited to speak to
Parliamentarians and Senators of the Canadian Government for
"Until The Violence Stops: How Canada Can Help End The Use Of
Sexual Violence As A Weapon In War."