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V-Day in LA, Dr. Mukwege on 60 Minutes This Sunday


Ladies Power Lunch Honors Courageous Women of New Orleans & The Gulf South

On Thursday, January 10, powerful women in entertainment united to kick off V-Day's 10th Anniversary and honor the women of New Orleans and the Gulf South at a luncheon hosted by Eve Ensler, Cindi Leive, Paula Wagner, Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, and Rosario Dawson at Craft in Los Angeles. Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, and Rosario Dawson made special presentations, and New Orleans spoken-word artist Asali Njeri Devan, performed to the room full of leading Hollywood women. Glamour's Cindi Leive announced its donation to V-Day's cause.

The private luncheon served as a prelude to "V TO THE TENTH," V-Day's two-day event at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on April 11-12 and featured guests from the entertainment world including Dylan McDermott, Shiva Rose, Val Kilmer, Ali Larter, Gina Gershon, Judith Light, Amber Tamblyn, the cast of The L Word including Jennifer Beals, Mia Kirshner, Marlee Matlin, Daniela Sea, Jane Lynch, Dana Delaney, and Leisha Hailey.

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For tickets and information on V TO THE TENTH in New Orleans, visit the 10th anniversary website at http//


This Sunday, Jan. 13, the CBS News program 60 Minutes will air a segment entitled - WAR AGAINST WOMEN. CNN's Anderson Cooper will report from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he will interview Panzi Hospital's Dr. Denis Mukwege about the systematic gender based violence currently occurring in the DRC. As the 60 Minutes website says, "...women are bearing the brunt of one of the horrible weapons used in the war: rape." Please check the website for local listings:

V-Day has been working with Dr. Mukwege for over a year, and in August 2007 V-Day and UNICEF launched "Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo," a campaign that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for The City of Joy, a project of Panzi Hospital in partnership with V-Day and UNICEF that will be a refuge for healed women, survivors of rape and torture who have been left without family and community. The City of Joy will offer a safe haven, providing educational and income-generating opportunities, and support women in becoming the next leaders of the DRC.

Meet Dr. Mukwege at V TO THE TENTH in New Orleans, where he will be honored. Visit

To learn about the campaign, and to read Eve Ensler's interview with Dr. Mukwege in Glamour magazine, please visit

To donate to the City of Joy at the Panzi Hospital, please click here:

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