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The Huffington Post on Tuesday published a letter written by V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Global Fund for Women President Kavita Ramdas, and Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi, among others. They’ve written an open letter to President-Elect Obama calling on him to lead by example in promoting equal women’s involvement in government, and everywhere else. They argue that “the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our times cannot be solved without the equal participation of women at all levels of society.” And that we must stop thinking about these topics as “women’s” issues, for they affect all of us – from the individual, to the nation.

Eve Ensler will join us for a GPF/Council event next month with Dr. Mukwege to discuss their work to end violence against women in the DRC, and around the world.

And Zainab Salbi joined us in April for our GPF conference – she speaks here about the role of women in conflict, of the need for a ‘backline’ discussion of war – the side of war that only women seem to see. “It has everything to do with how you send your kids to school, how you provide food for your family, how you fall in love, and how you manage fear.” Despite the horrific experience of women in conflict, Zainab and other panelists agreed that their sense of hope comes from the survivors themselves – if they can stand up on their own two feet after atrocity, then who are we not to hope?

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Today the BBC news site highlighted the work of Dr. Denis Mukwege for his devotion to improving the situation of women in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  He was named “African of the Year” today by a Nigerian newspaper, and awarded $20,000 which he will use to fund a center to help rape victims rejoin society.

Dr. Mukwege will be joining us for a joint GPF and Council event next month on February 18th at the Sofitel in Redwood City.  In an interview format, he and playwrite/activist Eve Ensler will discuss their work to end violence against women and girls –  in Eastern DRC, and around the world.

Read more about his work at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu here, and about his partnership with Eve Ensler and V-Day here.

Check back soon for an update with more event details.

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