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Join V-Day for the TURNING PAIN TO POWER Tour & Stand Up for the Women of Congo!

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V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, has announced a five-city North American speaking tour featuring Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize and Founder of the ground breaking PANZI Hospital in Bukavu in conversation with V-Day Founder Eve Ensler.

V-Day’s TURNING PAIN TO POWER Tour was developed to get the word out about violence against women in the Congo, and the efforts underway to end it. Through public conversations, Dr. Mukwege and Eve will expose the violence, explore the causes of the brutality, and share the stories of Congo’s growing movement of women leaders.

The February 2009 tour will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.

The tour is in support of V-Day’s joint campaign with UNICEF – STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE DRC - which is exposing the devastating impact of rape on Congolese women’s health, their families and their communities; calling for specific measures to end impunity for perpetrators; economically and socially empowering women and girls to lead in the prevention of sexual violence and in the rebuilding of a country devastated by conflict; building and opening the City of Joy in conjunction with PANZI Hospital and Dr. Mukwege, a center where survivors will be provided with support to heal and training to further develop their leadership and life skills.

TURNING PAIN TO POWER Tour* - Itinerary is as follows:

Wednesday, February 11, 8PM – New York, NY
"Turning Pain To Power in the Congo - Dr. Denis Mukwege In Conversation with Eve Ensler"
Location: 92nd Street Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall – Lexington at 92nd Street, NYC
Tickets: $27, on sale now
For tickets and more info, visit

**SPECIAL OFFER FOR NYC TICKETS! Receive 50% off the ticket price when you use the discount code SM50 when ordering tickets for the 92 Street Y.

Saturday, February 14, 8PM – Los Angeles, CA
V-Day USC Performance of "The Vagina Monologues" with special guest speakers Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege
Location: USC Campus, Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California, 3601 Trousdale Parkway
Tickets: $18 general admission, $12 students – on sale now
(Student tickets must be bought with an ID either from the Student Union Building 100, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, or email:

Wednesday, February 18, 6PM – Redwood City, CA
The World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum host Dr. Denis Mukwege interviewed by Eve Ensler
Location: Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, CA
Tickets: $25 Members and Non-Members, $15 Students – on sale now

Thursday, February 19, 8PM – San Francisco, CA
City Arts & Lectures "Art & Politics" features Dr. Denis Mukwege interviewed by Eve Ensler,
Location: Herbst Theater, San Francisco
Tickets: $20, on sale now
For tickets and more info, visit

The talk will be immediately followed by a special reception at Jardiniere Restaurant, 300 Grove Street, San Francisco. Limited Space available, so please make your commitment now! Tickets from $250 - $10,000

Monday, February 23, 8PM – Atlanta, GA
Dr. Denis Mukwege In Conversation with Eve Ensler, introduced by Pat Mitchell, V-Day Board Member and President and CEO, the Paley Center for Media
Location: The Carter Center
Tickets: Starting at $35, on sale now. For tickets and more info, visit

Wednesday, February 25 – Washington, DC
Dr. Denis Mukwege In Conversation with Eve Ensler
Location: Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th Street NW, Washington DC 20059
Time: 8pm
For tickets and more info, visit Ticketmaster

Thursday, February 26, 9:00PM - Washington, D.C
V-Day Reception featuring EVE ENSLER and a live performance by THREE GENERATIONS
Celebrating the end of the V-Day "Turning Pain to Power" tour and the end of violence against women!
Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Location: Busboys and Poets, 14th & V, 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Ticket: $10 Suggested Donation

Tour accommodations provided by W Hotels.
DC accommodations provided by Kimpton Hotels.