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'Turning Pain To Power' Tour Continues at V-Day Zagreb

4/22/2009

Turning Pain To Power Tour Continues at V-Day Zagreb

On April 2, 2009, The Centre for Women's Studies Zagreb, together with the Centre for Women Victims of War and Women's Room, organized V-Day Zagreb, marking ten years of V-Day in Croatia.

Eve Ensler traveled to Zagreb for this momentous event and to speak to the international audience about V-Day's global Campaign STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC).

V-Day Zagreb was a tremendous success, with a sold out audience of over 200 women and men, including 50 activists from the region in Kino. Eve was interviewed by Rada Boric, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Studies and V-Day Regional Coordinator, about the issue of violence against women and girls in the DRC and V-Day's efforts to end it.

Rada has worked with Eve and V-Day for over ten years, bringing V-Day to Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Finland. As Executive Director of The Center for Women's Studies, the first and only centre of its kind in Croatia, Rada and the staff continue to work every day to empower women in the region through education, raising awareness about issues facing women, and promoting women in political and civil initiatives.

The V-Day Zagreb evening performance of The Vagina Monologues was held in Zagreb Puppet Theatre, scena Travno and was attended by activists from all over the region, including Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovinia.

"Performers, activists and the audience shared their experience after the event. All were sharing the the same feeling: IT WAS TRULY A VICTORIOUS DAY FOR WOMEN'S STRUGGLE AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN."
-Rada Boric

NEW V-Moment by Ayesha Alam

When Samar Minallah first forwarded me the video of a young 17-year-old girl being flogged in public I was stunned. These were images that one had gotten used to seeing come out of Afghanistan but not my country. For years on my morning radio show and then later on my morning television show. I had been saying, "we are ignoring what's really happening in our tribal areas." Hushed stories had been filtered through and my pathan friends kept going on about how the government was ignoring the gradual growing strength of extremist elements. We failed. As a society. When we could see the warning signs, they weren't in our faces and perhaps that's why it was easier to brush them aside...but we failed and today the flogging of our 17 year old sister...daughter is because we kept quiet then and didn't make a loud enough noise to say NO.... this is not what we want for Pakistan.

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V-Day Joins Animoto For A Cause

Today, Earth Day, Animoto.com, a web application that helps users create music video style online clips, is launching Animoto For A Cause, to bring attention to non profit groups working throughout the world, offering organizations and community activists free and unlimited access to the full range of Animoto's services.

V-Day is happy to be a part of Animoto For A Cause, which will enable our activists to illustrate their activism with a dynamic, multimedia twist and reach more people with our message to end violence against women and girls.

View V-Day's Animoto For A Cause video >

For more information about Animoto For A Cause or to create your own Animoto video, go to www.animoto.com

New Book released - The Men Who Killed Me - includes Afterward by Eve

Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide, The Men Who Killed Me features testimonials from seventeen survivors. Through their narratives and portraits, sixteen women and one man bear witness to the crimes committed against hundreds of thousands of others. Proceeds from this book will go to Mukomeze, a charitable organization established to improve the lives of girls and women who survived sexual violence in the Rwandan genocide.

For more information and to purchase the book, please visit http://www.menwhokilledme.com/


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