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Events to focus on support for women in Congo   

Three events are scheduled as part of “Breaking the Silence: Congo Women as Weapons of War,” a series designed to raise awareness of and to focus attention on human rights violations in that nation.

The events are organized by students in the Sociology and Anthropology Department’s Senior Seminar and the university’s Women’s Center, with support from a university General Education Grant. The events are:

  • Nov. 2: Film and discussion, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall. Chloe Christman from the Enough Project: Raise Hope for Congo Women will make a presentation followed by a showing of the film The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo. The film, winner of the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, focuses on the war raging since 1998 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the war began, more than four million people have died, and tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated, and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. The film tells some of the stories of these women. The film is by Emmy-Award winning film-maker Lisa F. Jackson. A brief discussion will follow the film.
  • Nov. 8: Presentation by Lyric Thompson, policy analyst for Women for Women International, 7 to 9 p.m., Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall. Women for Women International is a program that provides assistance and support to women in various war-torn nations including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sudan. Its support includes financial assistance, job skills training, rights awareness education, trauma counseling, and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives. Thompson will give an overview of violence against women in war/conflict around the world. Her appearance is sponsored by a General Education Grant.
  • Nov. 9: Run for Congo Women, hockey rink at the student recreation complex, 4 to 10 p.m. This is a run/walk event to raise funds for Women for Women International’s program specifically in the Congo. To donate, visit http://www.active.com/donate/runforcongowomen/ship.

For more information, contact Dr. Debra Cornelius, professor of sociology and anthropology, at dacorn@ship.edu or Brittni Enerson, Women’s Center intern, at be1429@ship.edu