Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Vagina Monologues with Save the Congo

This past Friday, February 19, we attended the Vagina Monologues at Amnesty International's Human Rights Action Centre, organised by Save the Congo in partnership with V-Day. An excerpt from the press release/invitation we received states:
"Eve Ensler’s powerful work was created through interviews with women from around the world and the monologues themselves reflect the range of issues faced by women the world over. We’re very proud that this performance marks the first time an all-black cast has been used for the play in the UK."
The performance was amazing - all five performers were funny and moving throughout. At the end,  founder of Save the Congo, Vava Tempa, gave an emotional speech about the situation of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, in the DRC, it is more dangerous to be female than to be in the militia. The occurrences of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls are brutal; the number of assaults, staggering and unmeasurable. The death toll from the conflict in the DRC is currently 5-6 million, the most deadly conflict since WWII. Shouldn't we be doing something about it?

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