Monday, March 1, 2010

More International Women's Day Events To Support Congo Women

It is truly heartening to see the swell of support for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Numerous events in celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) are dedicated to them as more and more people raise their voices in protest of the victimization of women in the ongoing conflict in Eastern Congo. I wrote recently about the day-long celebration of Congo women scheduled for Harlem for Sunday, March 7. Here are some other events to put on your calendar.

Friday, March 5, Run For Congo Women is sponsoring a concert fundraiser featuring singer/songwriter Jess King at Ella Lounge, 9 Avenue A (between 1st & 2nd st) in New York. All proceeds from the event will go to Women For Women International, an organization whose work on behalf of the women of the Congo I've supported heavily. Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7 PM, are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. You can make a reservation (or donation) at Paypal and then give your name at the door. Remember ALL proceeds will go to Women for Women International.

At noon on Monday, March 8, the place to be in New York will be the Brooklyn Bridge, where Women for Women International is holding a walk across the bridge and a rally to mirror those held that day on bridges all around the world, including one on a literal bridge between Rwanda and the DRC. The event will be filmed and featured in a viral video to be released following the campaign.

Another event of note is inspired by Half the Sky, the NY Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The event features musical performances, celebrity commentary, and the world premiere of “Woineshet,” a short film by Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone. It was captured live on February 11, 2010 in New York and is being rebroadcast to select theaters nationwide on March 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM (local time). While not specifically dedicated to women of the DRC, Kristof's long-running coverage of the war in Congo heavily informs the work. This event will benefit CARE International.

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds a about in the


Pathfinder said...

Thanks for posting this great information about events for International Women's Day. One of the greatest needs for women in the Congo--and around the world--is reproductive health care. This is something Kristof and WuDunn mention in Half the Sky and the main focus for our group, Pathfinder International. For International Women's Day, we've launched an ambitious challenge to raise awareness about the need for reproductive health care: 200 Thousand for 200 Million. The goal is to reach 200,000 video shares on to raise awareness about the 200 million women who lack access to modern contraceptives. If you're interested in taking action, we'd love your help.

Also, Pathfinder has a program helping women in the DRC. You can read more here:

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Mehboob said...

Thanks for post about events for International Woman's Day.