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The Vagina Power of Members of the European Parliament Keeps DSK Away


03/21/2012

Brussels, March 21, 2012 - On 6 March, nine women MEPs took the stage at the European Parliament and performed The Vagina Monologues as a call to action to end violence against women (http://www.vday.org/node/2866). Something shifted. Energy was set free. Violence against women was no longer an issue that could be ignored.

Around a week later, it became known that a group of some younger MEPs had invited Dominique Strauss Kahn, along with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg and the former President of the European Central Bank, to a debate on “lessons learned from the global economic crisis”, hosted at the European Parliament on March 27, one day before French prosecutors are to decide if they will press charges against DSK for pimping and misuse of company funds.

Many MEPs, both male and female, expressed their outrage and concern about this invitation to the President of the European Parliament (http://EUobserver.com/18/115647 ; http://www.dhnet.be/infos/monde/article/388739/dsk-a-bruxelles-le-27mars...), as civil society groups in Brussels started mobilizing.

Last night, the MEP organizing the event tweeted that DSK announced that he has to decline coming to the event on March 27.

Read this article (in French) for an account of the developments from V-Day EP to the cancellation of DSK’s visit to the EP:
http://blogs.rtl.be/carnetpolitique/dsk-a-un-empechement-il-ny-aura-pas-...