Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege on speaking tour of USA

Dear Friends,

I am inviting you to attend an evening of discussion with Eve Ensler, V-Day Founder and author of the Vagina Monologues, and Dr. Denis Mukwege, Director and Founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC. They are on a 5-city speaking tour of the US to raise global awareness of the atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Dr. Mukwege is a surgeon who has been treating women victims of sexual violence in DRC since 1996, founding Panzi Hospital for that reason. In 2008 he received both the “African of the Year” award and the prestigious UN “Humanitarian Award in the Field of Human Rights” for his work with rape victims and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Newly constucted women's wing at Panzi Hospital

In partnership with Panzi Hospital and UNICEF, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler is planning to build the City of Joy in Bukavu, which will be a refuge for women survivors and provide them with education, income-generating opportunities, activism and leadership training.

I will be attending their discussion at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco at 8:00pm on February 19th. Come join me and other friends of Congo in San Francisco for dinner before the event. It will be wonderful for everyone to meet each other!

The tour visits New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

For reservations, see Itinerary below:

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

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

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

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,

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