Brandon, MB — Students in Dr. Patricia “Tish” Langlois’ course entitled Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies, motivated by their newly acquired knowledge, will host an awareness and fund raising evening next Thursday. The money they raise will be forwarded to Doctors Without Borders to provide vital medical help for girls and women, survivors of sexual violence, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The sexual violence in Congo is the worst in the world. The sheer numbers, the wholesale brutality, the culture of impunity—it’s appalling,” said John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, as quoted in The New York Times, October 7, 2007.
Sexual violence is one of the means by which war is waged in the Congo and women are the predominant targets, due to their nurturing role in their family and consequently, in their community. To demonstrate their concern, the students have organized this fundraiser, entitled “Breaking the Silence: Giving Voice to the Women of the Congo”, which will be held on March 24, beginning at 8 p.m., in SUDS and the Mingling Area of the Knowles-Douglas Building at Brandon University. Attendees must be or be in company of a student, faculty or staff member of Brandon University to attend. Admission is by donation and the recommended amount is $20.
For more information, please contact:
Joanne F. Villeneuve
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9