We are proud to announce that we are hosting a special CAFOD photo exhibition at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) Global Cafè in Reading throughout the month of March (1-27). 50 years 50 faces (featuring portraits and words from interviews with 50 Congolese women who have suffered sexual violence) is CAFOD’s bittersweet tribute to survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it marked 50 years of independence last year.
The focus of the exhibition was the idea that the stories of these 50 women must be told to ensure people do not forget the ongoing crisis in DRC. And most importantly that, although the sexual violence is uniform in its horror, each of the women affected is individual. Click here to watch a video that introduces the exhibition.
CAFOD’s partner, the Justice and Peace Commission in Bukavu, has set up Listening Rooms which offer counselling to women who have suffered rape. Pascale Palmer, CAFOD’s Advocacy Media Officer, listened to the women’s desire for their stories to be told.
On International Women’s Day (8 March) Pascale will be at the exhibition to give a lunchtime talk (12-12.30pm) to put the issues into context. It is not a ticketed event so feel free to pop in – but if you are planning to come along, it would be great if you could let us know by dropping us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can book a seat for you! It also a great opportunity to try the excellent Ethiopian food at the Global Cafè – and to visit the World Shop next door, full of fairtrade goods from all around the world.
Please bear in mind that RISC is located in central Reading (35-39 London St, RG1 4PS) and there is no parking at the venue but it is 10 minutes walk from Reading train station and several bus routes also stop in front of the cafè (9, 19, 20, 21, 22, 144) – check the Reading buses website for details.
A poster of the event can be downloaded here. If you live in the Reading area – please come along and help us spread the word about the exhibition! We hope many of you will be able to visit it throughout March! We would welcome your comments and feedback!
Lastly, if you wish to support the women of DRC (even if you cannot come and see the exhbition!), you can now take action on the Congo Now! website and send your message to Lynne Featherstone MP, International Violence Against Women Champion, to get the U.K. government to act to help the women of DRC. You can use the standard message on the website or customise it – please take action if you can! It only takes 1 minute! 🙂