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Civilian would like to invite you to Congo/Women and send a shout out to Art Works Projects and Leslie Thomas, creator of the DARFUR/DARFUR exhibition. As you may remember, we featured the exhibition at the gallery Oct. 24 – Dec. 6, 2008. Civilian’s Director Jayme McLellan worked with Leslie to bring DARFUR/DARFUR to Europe and Canada throughout 2008.

We’d like to congratulation Leslie and the team for their tremendous and tireless work to share the strong voices of women in the DR Congo through this powerful and important exhibition.

Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday March 5, 2009 at the Rayburn House Office Building / Rayburn Foyer / Washington, DC

12-5pm: Exhibition on view / 5-7pm: Reception & Program / FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Click here to RSVP or call (202) 326-8700

Co-Hosts: Representative Carolyn Maloney, Representative Betty McCollum, Representative Donald Payne, Representative Jan Schakowsky

Speakers:

John Prendergast, Co-chair of the Enough Project, an Africa policy expert, activist, and author who has participated in numerous peace processes in Africa

Stephen Lewis
Co-Director, AIDS-Free World ,and Former U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Dr. Roger Luhiriri
Physician, Panzi Hospital, DRC

Sylvie Maunga Mbanga
Human Rights Lawyer, and Former Program Coordinator, Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, DRC

Rep. Jan Schakowsky
(Invited speaker) U.S. Representative, 9th District, Illinois

Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo is an international photography exhibition and educational campaign that raises awareness of the widespread sexual violence facing women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The exhibition features powerful life-size photographs by Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, and James Nachtwey that convey the strength and courage of Congolese women. Accompanying essays contextualize the impact of the crisis from a range of perspectives. An advocacy partnership with the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign provides tools to demand action and involvement from the global citizenry.

Over the next two years, the project will tour selected venues throughout North America, Europe and Africa, visiting universities and community centers to build awareness among as wide an audience as possible. Throughout the tour at each exhibition venue, local advocacy organizations working on gender-based violence will be engaged as collaborators to contextualize this issue locally as well as internationally.

Additional Major Launch Dates:

March 16 James Cohan Gallery 533 W. 26th Street New York, NY Reception: 6-8pm

Fall 2009 United Nations Lobby Exhibition Space 405 E. 42nd Street New York NY

For a touring schedule and more information: congowomen.org, artworksprojects.org, http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org, colum.edu/institutewomengender
Tel: 312-369-8829

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