Posted by: unhcragd | March 2, 2009

Eve Ensler tour to raise awareness of V-Day/UNICEF campaign against rape in DR Congo

NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – On the eve of a five-city US speaking tour designed to raise awareness about the effect of sexual violence on the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, activist Eve Ensler warned yesterday that western consumption of DR Congo’s resources has “consequences … on the bodies of women.”

“We have blood on our hands,” she said simply.

Ensler, celebrated playwright of ‘The Vagina Monologues’, is also the founder of V-Day, a global campaign to fight sexual violence. For the second year in a row, V-Day is focusing on the crimes committed in DR Congo, where hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped as victims of a now routine weapon of war.

“Rape is not a particular African thing or a Congolese thing – it’s a worldwide epidemic,” Ensler told journalists at a press conference at the United Nations in New York. “But I will say that what I have seen and heard and experienced in the eastern Congo is, without doubt, the worst situation of violence toward women in the world.”

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