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V-Day's 'Turning Pain To Power Tour' Kicks Off! New York and Los Angeles Events Receive Tremendous Response

02/16/2009

V-Day’s five city ‘Turning Pain To Power Tour’ launched to a sold out audience at the 92 Street Y in New York City on Wednesday, February 11. The night, introduced by UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, featured Eve’s in depth and poignant interview with Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Panzi Hospital the DRC. Through this public interview, Eve and Dr. Mukwege exposed femicide and the sexual torture of women in the DRC, and relayed the stories of women survivors on the ground who are coming together and breaking the silence.


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OTHER NEW YORK EVENTS INCLUDED:

A welcome dinner for Dr. Mukwege hosted by Eve.

A meeting of male activists to develop our upcoming V-Men Campaign.

A private reception hosted by Harry Belafonte, Peter Buffett, Eve, Donna Karan, and David Stone at the Urban Zen Center/Stephen Weiss Studio to raise funds for V-Day’s work in the Congo.

A meeting between Eve, Dr. Mukwege and Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, who committed to visiting Panzi Hospital at the end of February to see for himself the impact of sexual violence on Congo’s women and girls — a huge victory!

A special session with ambassadors at the International Peace Institute, including the UK Ambassador John Sawers, and other UN officials from Uganda and Rwanda who are key stakeholders in the region surrounding Congo. Eve and Dr. Mukwege lobbied them to use their clout to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Congo so that the sexual violence ends and women are protected by MONUC, the UN’s peace keeping forces. They also stressed the importance of women being part of the peacemaking process.

LOS ANGELES EVENTS:

Los Angeles was the next stop on the tour where V-Day hosted its third annual LA Luncheon hosted by Jessica Alba, Eve Ensler, Anne Hathaway, Sherry Lansing, Paula Wagner and V-Day Board members Carole Black, Ilene Chaiken, Rosario Dawson, Linda Pope, and Kerry Washington at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Guests included Charlize Theron, Maria Shriver, Maria Bello, Camryn Manheim, Dylan McDermott, and the event raised awareness and funds for V-Day’s Congo Campaign, bringing the issue to the Hollywood community as well as the national and international press.


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On V-Day February 14, the University of Southern California’s 6th annual V-Day benefit production of The Vagina Monologues included special guests Eve and Dr. Mukwege giving an in depth discussion with the student audience about issues facing women in the DRC, and how they can help end the violence. V-Board member Rosario Dawson was on hand to introduce the two speakers.


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UPCOMING EVENTS!
SAN FRANCISCO
ATLANTA
WASHINGTON D.C

For the full ‘Turning Pain To Power Tour’ itinerary, event and tickets information, please CLICK HERE