I am celebrating today with Eve Ensler, Nikki Noto (co-coordinator of the NOH8 Campaign Open Shoot), and V-Day about the opening of the City of Joy -a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence, conceived by Congolese women and created by V-Day and The Panzi Foundatioin (DRC) with support from UNICEF, City of Joy offers a new platform and vision for Congolese women to pursue peace in the DRC.
V-Day and UNICEF, in partnership with Panzi Foundation, are currently building a revolutionary community for survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Developed by and run with women of the Congo, the City of Joy will support women to heal and provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership through programming in group therapy; storytelling; dance; theater; self- defense; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); ecology and horticulture; and economic empowerment.
The City of Joy is scheduled to open February, 2011
This video was shot in December '09