A newly published study in the American Journal of Public Health estimates more than two million women have been raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2006. But women’s advocates say there is also positive news coming from the DRC. The group V-Day, a global movement to stop all forms of gender-based violence, recently held the opening ceremony for the City of Joy, a groundbreaking new community that will be run by women survivors of gender violence in the Congo. Democracy Now! interviews V-Day founder, Eve Ensler, the best-selling author and playwright behind The Vagina Monologues about gender violence in DRC. Democracy Now! also speaks with Christine Schuler Deschryver, director of V-Day Congo and the City of Joy, about the growing number of rape prosecutions in DRC. “The Congolese women are taking their power because we told them they do not have to be ashamed for these rapes. The ones who are doing it have to be ashamed,” says Schuler Deschryver. Ensler is also asked about the growing rate of violence against women in Haiti and get her reaction to the sexual assault charges filed against former International Monetary Fund director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
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