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With thanks, Give to the City of Joy! New gift registry online

11/25/2009

With thanks, Give to the City of Joy

NEW V-Day Gift Registry Online!

Dear V-Day friends, activists, and supporters,

At this time of gratitude and generosity, I would like to invite you to be a part of something truly special, something that we at V-Day believe will be the beginning of a shift in the campaign to end violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We have recently launched a new feature on our site that gives you the opportunity to be a part of the creation of the City of Joy, a special facility for survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu, DRC, where up to 100 women at a time will be healed, supported and trained to become community activists and leaders for years to come.

Through our new City of Joy Gift Registry, you can have far-reaching impact. By gifting items on the registry you can provide much needed supplies that will make the City of Joy a comfortable, caring, and healthy place for women to learn, lead, and inspire.

Today, the 10th Anniversary of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, we thank you for your commitment and generosity. Through both, we know that violence against women and girls will one day end. Over the last eleven years, V-Day has become a vibrant and relevant worldwide movement, pushing boundaries and bringing about real, tangible change on the grassroots level. With this new, unique opportunity, we hope that you will continue to join us as we move that much closer to a world where women and girls will not only survive, but thrive.

With V-Love,
Eve

Please join us and help create the City of Joy!

V-Day's Efforts Mentioned in The New York Times: "Congo Army Helps Rebels Get Arms, U.N. Finds"

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
KHARTOUM, Sudan - A new United Nations report says that the Congolese Army continues to funnel weapons to rebel groups that are smuggling millions of dollars in gold and other minerals out of Congo, helping sustain one of Africa's bloodiest and most complicated wars.

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Learn more about the link between Conflict Minerals and sexual violence in V-Day's new downloadable teach-in presentation >

UPDATE V-Day Visit to India from Managing Director Susan Celia Swan

From November 5-12, Eve and I visited Mysore, Bangalore, and Mumbai, India for a series of events. The trip was eventful and the desire to work toward an end to violence against women and girls was strong everywhere we traveled. We began in Mysore at the first TED conference in India, which was organized by longtime friend of V-Day Lakshmi Pratury. The conference's theme was celebrating and exploring the beckoning future of South Asia and featured a range of speakers from many disciplines including Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women and Sunitha Krishnan of Prajwala who brought the audience to tears with her personal story and that of the young sex trafficked girls she works with. Eve spoke to a full house on Saturday morning, the last day of the conference, about the "Future is Girl." Positing that all of us - women and men - have a "girl cell" and that we've all been told "not to be a girl," Eve engaged the crowd with stories of girls from her upcoming book/play I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World (Random House Feb 2010) and a compelling argument for both men and women to reclaim their inner girl. After the talk, men came up to Eve to tell her that "their inner girl thanked her" and that they were now committed to having girl children as they understood they could be both "manly" and "girly." A new paradigm shattering dialogue has clearly begun...Read about the talk at http://blog.ted.com/2009/11/the_buzz_eve_en.php.

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