With Help from Equality Now, Congolese Women's Rights Group Wins the Right to Produce "The Vagina Monologues"
for V-Day in Lubumbashi
NEW YORK, July 18, 2002: Yesterday was a day of victory for Irene Martine, Director of the
Center of Hope for Girls and Women (CEFF) - an NGO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) working to end violence against
women and to promote the rights of women and girls in the DRC.
Arrested at the instigation of the Mayor of Lubumbashi
for staging a V-Day benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" in April, Ms. Martine was charged with: (i) insubordination;
(ii) pornography and the incitement of minors to debauchery; (iii) incitement of girls and women to rebellion; and (iv) importation
of Western ideas.
She was detained for two weeks. Women and girls who came to demonstrate on her behalf were themselves
arrested as they were singing songs of protest and also detained.
Equality Now was alerted by V-Day to the plight of
Ms. Martine, and through its LAW (Lawyers Alliance for Women) Project--an initiative to promote equality for women through
law--encouraged Ms. Martine to challenge the charges against her. The LAW Project also secured funding to enable Ms. Martine
to hire a lawyer, who convinced the court to summon the Mayor to explain his actions.
At a hearing on July 10th, Ms.
Martine's lawyer cross-examined the Mayor, disputing each of the charges as either unsubstantiated or not criminal in nature.
He pointed out, for example, that the Mayor himself was wearing a suit that was "100% importation of western mentalities."
Several thousand women and girls reportedly came to court to support Ms. Martine, and the crowd in the courthouse
booed the Mayor of Lubumbashi when he allegedly stated that Ms. Martine's attempt to perform the Vagina Monologues was an
attempt "to destroy culture and families."
The court found in favor of Ms. Martine, and imposed a heavy fine or 6
months imprisonment on the Mayor, who apologized, reportedly stating, "I am not only apologizing to Madam Irene, her team
and to the court, but my apology goes to all Congolese women and to all women on this earth."
Equality Now and V-Day
welcome the ruling, which is a great success for Ms. Martine, CEFF, V-Day and all women and girls in the DRC.
Now is an international human rights organization working to protect women's rights.
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.Read Irene Martine's letters about V-Day Lubumbashi and her court case.
Alia Levine, Equality Now
Susan Celia Swan, V-Day
3. Vaginas are Victorious in Lubumbashi
July 18th was a day of victory for
women and girls in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, thanks to the work of local V-Day organizer Irene Martine, and
long-time V-Day partner Equality Now. Irene had been arrested and jailed after she stood up to intimidation and staged a stunningly
successful V-Day event for her community. Irene‚s case had been referred to court by the Mayor of Lubumbashi, on the
charges of insubordination; pornography and the incitement of minors to debauchery; incitement of girls and women to rebellion;
and importation of Western ideas. Thirty-one additional women -- actors in the production -- demonstrated in support of Irene
and were themselves arrested. V-Day notified Equality Now, which assisted in Irene's defense. The results were as stunning
as the original V-Day event: with several thousand supporting looking on, Irene was cleared of all charges, and in addition
the Mayor was directed by the court to pay significant fines. Planning for V- Day 2003 in Lubumbashi is already well under
way, this time with government clearance and support!
You can read Irene's inspiring letters about V-Day Lubumbashi
and her victory
AFRO-NETS> V-Day Meeting
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> V-Day Meeting
- From: Janet Feldman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 17:18:11 -0500 (EST)
Greetings from the African Women's Development and Communication Net-
work (FEMNET). Ms. Mumbi Kaigwa,
V-Day World-wide Campaign Organiser in
Nairobi had requested FEMNET to invite you to get involved and partici-
in the V-Day World-wide Campaign in Kenya.
Mumbi Kaigwa hopes to stage the performance "The Vagina Monologues" on
23rd of March 2003. The author of the Monologues, Eve Ensler, will
be visiting Nairobi from 20-24 March 2003 and the first
Campaign in Nairobi would be organised to coincide with her visit.
Please find attached information
on the V-Day campaign and a letter
from Mumbi below.
We held a tentative meeting on December 11, 2003 where we
among others fundraising for co-ordination of the performance. If you
or your organisation would like to
get involved kindly inform FEMNET.
We look forward to hearing from you
Thank you and kind regards
Programme Officer, Communication
African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)
Développement et de Communications des Femmes Africaines
FEMNET aims to strengthen the role and contribution of African NGO's
focussing on women's development equality
and other human rights,
through communications, networking, training and advocacy.
FEMNET vise à renforcer le rôle
et la contribution des ONG des femmes
africaines en mettant l'accent sur le développemnt, l'égalité et
humains de femmes par le moyen des communications, tra-
vail de réseau, formation et plaidoyer.
I am writing
to seek the assistance of FEMNET in hosting and inviting
as many organisations and individuals (male and female) as possible
an initial first meeting to discuss V-Day and the Worldwide Cam-paign.
A suitable date 11 December 2002 has been
It is hoped to stage the performance and complementing events towards
the end of March 2003. Eve Ensler,
the author of The Vagina Mono-
logues, will be visiting Nairobi from 20-24 March 2003. It is my hope
that the first
V-Day Campaign in Nairobi would coincide with her visit
i.e. the weekend of 21-23 March, with a series of complementary
ties taking place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In this way the
weekend would be used to further raise
public awareness to the issues
surrounding the subject of violence and the work of the anti-violence
movement in Kenya
and culminate with the performance of "The Vagina
Monologues" on the night of Sunday 23 March.
I look forward to
hearing from you.
V-Day Worldwide Campaign Organiser - Nairobi, 2003
Tel: +254-2-582-337 / 581-458
What is V-Day?
* V-Day is an organized response against violence towards women.
V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.
* V-Day is a demand: Rape, battery, incest, genital
sexual slavery must end now.
* V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating
thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible
* V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness,
unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-
reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork
for new educational,
protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.
* V-Day is a process: We will work
as long as it takes. We will not
stop until the violence stops.
* V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine's Day as V-
Day, to celebrate
women and end the violence.
* V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community.
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-
Day is a palpable energy, a fierce
catalyst that promotes creative
events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of
organizations. V-Day generates broader attention
for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls in-
rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and
sexual slavery. V-Day provides funding to create and nurture
programs to stop the violence.
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce
annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" to raise aware-
ness and funds for anti-violence groups within
their own communities.
V-Day itself stages large-scale benefits and promotes innovative gath-
erings and programs (The
Afghan Women's Summit, The Stop Rape Contest,
Indian Country Project, and more) to change social attitudes about vio-
against women. In 2002, more than 800 V-Day benefit events were
presented by local volunteer activists around the world,
lions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
The V-Day movement is growing
at a rapid pace throughout the world. V-
Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, na-
and international organizations and programs that work to stop
violence against women and girls. V-Day was named one of
zine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001. In its first five years, the V-Day
movement has raised over $14 million,
with over $7 million raised in
The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.
from Eve Ensler
V-Day Founder and Artistic Director and author of ?The Vagina Mono-
FROM V-DAY TO V-WORLD
2002, V-Day happened in 800 venues around the world. Celebrations
were held in an Anglican Church in Nova Scotia, a Maasai
Kenya, a Lakota reservation in South Dakota, a stadium in Manila, a
synagogue in Great Britain.
were sold out performances at Caesar's Palace in South Africa,
The National Theater in Guatemala, The Royal Albert Hall
in London, the
Folies Bergeres in Paris, and the Apollo Theater in Harlem. At 515
schools from Harvard University
in the United States to the HELP Insti-
tute in Selangor, Malaysia, from the University of the Philippines in
to the London School of Economics, thousands of college students
reclaimed their power and worked to protect and honor
our 2002 College Campaign alone, nearly 7.5 million people were exposed
to V-Day and our mission
to stop worldwide violence against women and
girls. Through College and Worldwide Campaign efforts and other V-Day
and actions, Roma women in Macedonia vowed to reverse an-
cient and heinous marriage practices that abuse women, girls
from female genital mutilation and allowed to be educated in Kenya,
Harlem was declared Vagina Friendly
by the State Senator, San Francisco
was pronounced a Rape Free Zone by the City Council. Red balloons, red
red banners, red gowns, red boas filled the stages and
A WORLDWIDE VAGINA REVOLUTION WAS BORN
know already that in 2003 V-Day will spread to thousands more ven-
ues and cultures around the world. As V-Day benefit
?The Vagina Monologues? reach more people, as the V-energy spreads,
2003 must be the year when we
envision a new world, where violence has
ended and V-World is finally born.
Here's what V-World will look like:
the violence stops, women and girls will be
allowed to be born in china, india and korea
swimming in iran
their beds at home in the united states, europe and asia
eating ice cream in afghanistan
keeping their clitorises in
africa and asia
wearing blue jeans in italy
voting in kuwait
walking in the park at night in the united states
flirting in jordan
safe at parties on college campuses
playing with toys and not being sold as them in asia, the united
states, europe and
driving cars in saudi arabia
wearing trousers in swaziland
home from work in juarez, mexico
celebrating their desires
loving their bodies
running the world.
urge you to expand this list and put your power behind the vision.
V-Day Calls to Action
like the earth, are the world?s most vital resource. They give
birth. They feed. They provide shelter. They educate. They
nities and economies intact. They hold a vision of the future. They are
52% of the population. The security
of women will guarantee the secu-
rity of the world. Yet, in America and around the world, 1 in 3 women
have been or
will be a victim of violence, whether it is rape, assault,
domestic abuse, incest, female genital mutilation or trafficking.
violence does not discriminate - it affects women young and old,
rich and poor, educated and illiterate, living in cities,
and villages. Women are not safe in their homes. They are not safe in
their neighborhoods. They are
not safe on the world?s streets. Why are
we not securing our most vital resource?
We fight other wars with powerful
weapons and enormous resources. They
are fought by land, from sea and air, on multiple fronts. They are
joint forces, unified combatant commands, smart bombs and
targeted missiles. It is an industry so large, there are Reserves.
United States President?s 2003 Department of Defense budget proposal to
fight the war against terrorism and provide
for homeland defense calls
for a total of $379 billion, while his proposal to fight the war
against the terrorism
of women calls for $350 million.
Meanwhile, the everyday war against women invisibly rages on.
Look at Afghanistan.
For seven years the world turned its back on the
heinous treatment of women. That led to devastating consequences, not
just for the women there, but for the entire world. What we have
learned from this is that women must be safe for
the world to be se-
That is why we are demanding 1% of the US Department of Defense budget
to be directed
toward the security of women. We do not want to build
more shelters or staff more crisis centers to contain, manage or
violence. Instead, with just 1%, we will create a new consciousness,
new systems, programs and ideas, to end
the violence against women and
girls. If the primary responsibilities of government are to protect its
invest tax dollars wisely, this is the best investment to
begin to secure all of our futures. We are asking women and
the world to ask their government to give up only 1% of the defense
budget to defend women's lives. Give
Let V-Day Become V-World: V-World Envisioning Groups
The V-Day 2003 theme is ?From V-Day to V-World:
Envisioning a World
Without Violence.? You can promote this theme and simultaneously help
people to embrace it and
see its promise by hosting V-World envisioning
groups in your community. Invite everyone women and men and facili-
discussions and activities around the theme. These groups are not
the place to focus on the problem of violence against
women and girls;
they?re the place to imagine a world without violence.
Also, there are two new monologues that
you are invited and encouraged
to create this year using the V- Day 2003 theme, which might very well
come out of
these groups. Ask to see the ?Monologue-Specific Guide-
lines? section of the V-Day Organiser?s Kit for more details on
Rape-Free Zone Campaign
V-Day is encouraging people all over the world to mark their
ties as ?Rape-Free Zones.? At V-Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden in
New York City, pieces of ?Rape-Free Zone?
red tape were distributed to
every one of the 18,000 audience members. They were asked to tie the
tape around things
in their communities to mark their communities as
?Rape-Free Zone? tape is inexpensive to produce,
so you can have it
made locally yourself for distribution at your event, or you can buy it
at the V-Day Campaigns
online store at http://www.promoshop.com/vday/
Another approach is to work with your local city councilors or school
officials to have your community or campus
officially declared a ?Rape-
Free Zone.? Several past V-Day organizers have succeeded in securing
and they have proven to be powerful affirmations of
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to incorporate
the ?Rape-Free Zone? Cam-
paign into your V-Day Campaign event.
For an up-to-date list of all V-Day actions and
events, please visit
the V-Day web site at http://www.vday.org
Africa, the Near East and Asia
We are proud to announce that, as part of the 2003
V-World vision, V-
Day has launched a new initiative to end violence against women and
girls in Africa, the Near East
and parts of Asia. It is spearheaded by
newly-appointed V-Day Special Representative Hibaaq Osman, Associate
Wien, and fellow Nkem Onwuamaegbu.
This new V-Day initiative in the Muslim world has been created during a
of great uncertainty and turmoil in these regions, and is commit-
ted to building broad political and social movements
for women?s rights
on three levels: national, regional and international. The V-Day team
is currently working in partnership
with diverse women's networks in
Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Pakistan, India, Kenya and Afghani-
stan to strengthen
and support their common agenda of ending violence
against women and girls - to end bride burnings, female genital mutila-
(FGM), honor killings, sexual assault, rape and many other forms
of gender-based violence. The team collaborates only
with those organi-
zations that have a commitment to working across ethnic, religious, and
coalition-building efforts have already begun. V-Day participated
in the "Afghan Women's Summit for Democracy" (held in
2001), as one of the main sponsors and donors. As a follow-up to the
Brussels Summit, Hibaaq traveled
with Eve Ensler to Afghanistan in
March 2002 to participate in International Women?s Day in Kabul, which
celebrated for the first time in five years. At this time V-
Day sponsored a series of roundtable talks in Afghanistan
for which it brought more than 100 Afghan women, including the Brussels
participants, together to listen
to their feedback and to encourage
strategic alliances among the women's groups. At the Brussels summit,
groups cited numerous times that a lack of communication
was the major obstacle preventing them from effectively working
gether on a common agenda. To help solve this problem, V-Day provided
over 16 satellite telephones to women's groups,
including the Afghan
Women's Ministry, to build better communication and develop a network
among the groups.
2002, Hibaaq also traveled to Kenya with Eve to attend the opening
of the first V-Day Safe House - a safe haven for young
refuge from FGM; to Sri Lanka to speak at the International Conference
on ?The Role of Women in Peace
Building and Constitution Making?; and
to Uganda to explore trends and future challenges of women?s rights in
identify key areas of concern and to formulate recommendations.
On the national level, the team will convene a diverse,
group of women and women?s organizations within each country to become
the ?Friends of V-Day.? The
aim of the groups will be to define vio-
lence in their cultural context, identify the specific types of vio-
happening in their communities, and prioritize one campaign and
one strategy to stop violence against women and girls
in their country
using the substantial income raised from V-Day events. Through this in-
clusive, broadbased, participatory
approach, the expressed needs of
local partners will lead and focus V-Day?s work. The ?Friends of V-Day?
together as a coalition, cross-fertilizing ideas and experi-
ences and supporting key campaigns to have maximum impact.
the work to a second level, ?Friends of V-Day? networks will
also forge strategic alliances across borders on a regional
stop honor killings, bride burnings, FGM and other life-threatening is-
sues for women, and help end the isolation
that may be felt in individ-
ual countries. An annual regional meeting will be held to compare ex-
campaigns and develop future strategies.
We will urge our country partners to work through their bureaucracies,
parliaments, women politicians and other avenues to adopt
our new international 1% campaign. This multilateral, multinational
campaign demands that countries direct 1% of their military budgets to
the defense and security of women, the most
vulnerable civilian popula-
We are honored to have Hibaaq Osman on board with V-Day. Born in Soma-
Hibaaq has been involved in women?s rights issues in Africa for
over 15 years. Building on existing cultural and political
various Third World countries, she has collaborated with religious
leaders, scholars, women?s rights activists,
tions, research institutes and universities to bring women?s rights is-
sues to international
attention. She has helped to launch women's net-
works and establish women?s rights organizations, most recently SIHA
Initiatives for the Horn of Africa). Hibaaq is a Senior Fel-
low of the Academy for Political Leadership and Participation
University of Maryland.
There are numerous activities that you can do in
conjunction with your
benefit production of ?The Vagina Monologues,? activities that lead up
to your production and/or
that happen on the same day.
Previous College and Worldwide Campaign participants came up with lots
ideas for such complementing activities. What follows are
some examples of what has been done or can be done. Feel free
porate any of them into your production. Or use none and come up with
new idea of your own. Don?t forget
to keep memorabilia to send us from
anything that you do so that V-Day can share it with others in future
programs, T-shirts, posters, advertisements, etc.
Tip: Volunteers are an important part of your production and comple-
activities. Try to assemble a group that can meet regularly to
do mailings, create decorations, copy fliers, put up posters,
the production, sell products, etc. Sometimes a volunteer might not
have an enormous amount of time to give
but would still like to be in-
volved, so give her a specific project.
Everyone wants to be a part of V-Day so include
as many people as you
* V-World Discussion Groups - These groups are not only a wonderful way
to get people
thinking about a world without violence, but they are
also a terrific place to generate enthusiasm about your V-Day produc-
Discussion groups can be the beginning of your community?s V-Day
journey and your production can be its culmination. See
Events? section of this Kit for more details.
* Rape-Free Zone Campaign - Work with your cast and
Production Team to
find imaginative and innovative ways to make your community a Rape-Free
* Take Back
the Night - Organize a rally or march inviting people to
show their commitment to making your community safe for women
girls. You could combine this with a Rape-Free Zone Campaign.
* Art shows and Auctions - Invite local artists
to create a piece in
the medium of their choice that is a positive expression of what the V-
Day movement means to
them. Have a gallery in town host an exhibition
of the artwork that is created and then auction off the pieces.
Bake Sales - Not the ones your mom did! Have a "Vagina-friendly" bake
sale with vagina-themed cookies, cakes, candy and
* Vulva puppet-making workshop - People love those vulva puppets. For
some creative ideas, you can go
* Halloween party/fundraiser - A benefit party with the theme: "If your
vagina got dressed, what would it wear?"
and for men, "If you had a va-
gina, what would it wear?"
* Donation Drop Box Drive - Ask a local cardboard box
donate large, sturdy boxes to you. Have your volunteers decorate them.
Ask your beneficiaries for
a wish list of items they need (diapers,
food, vitamins, clothing, toiletries, etc). Attach the wish lists to
boxes and place the boxes in businesses, houses of worship, yoga
studios and other venues in your community for the entire
month of Feb-
ruary. You can also place the boxes at your ticket sales locations.
When patrons purchase tickets to
your production, ask them to sign a
log sheet agreeing to bring at least one item to the performance along
ticket. Have donation boxes on site at the theater to col-
lect the donations.
* Valentine's Day V-Gift - Encourage
people in your community to pur-
chase and send Valentine?s cards, flowers or gifts to the women and
girls in local
shelters. Ask a local flower shop to donate one dollar
to your beneficiaries for every order and delivery on Valentine's
(or select a different holiday if Valentine?s Day is not a holiday
where you live).
* Workshops - Develop
health/sexuality/body image workshops, present
lectures and/or provide information tables. Offer a self-defense class
as a fundraiser. You could do one new workshop each month leading up to
your event. This is a great area in which
to take advantage of your
* Book Club - Have a party/fundraiser featuring women-oriented
such as Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" and "Necessary Targets,"
?Woman: An Intimate Geography? (Natalie
Angier), ?Manifesta: Young
Women, Feminism, and the Future? (by Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Rich-
ards), ?Cunt: A Declaration
of Independence? (inga muscio), "Sexing the
Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality" (Anne Fausto-
and "Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler? (Holly Hughes), among
others; collaborate with your college or local bookstore.
Vagina Carnival - At one school, this event included a goddesses
booth, a decorate your vagina booth, a silent auction,
a stomp out op-
pression booth, a most creative baked goods booth, an info booth, and a
Concerts - Organize a benefit concert. Brown University brought Tracy
Chapman to its campus several years ago and Drew
University brought The
Indigo Girls to its campus last year in conjunction with their College
Campaign events. This
activity can take a lot of time, energy and money
to carry out so make sure you have lots of help if you decide to do
* Creative tickets - Offer ticket-buyers "Vagina Friendly" pins instead
of paper tickets for your production.
Cast retreat - Provide an opportunity for your actresses to get to
know and bond with each other off stage. Have an afternoon
retreat somewhere beautiful, peaceful and private.
The battle to stop the violence
is a critical and often challenging
one. It is, therefore, expected that you will have moments from time to
you will feel overwhelmed or lose your motivation. Don?t
worry; that happens to all of us who are fighting the battle.
need inspiration, we think about all of the women and girls who, over
the years, have told us the stories
of their suffering or whose stories
we have heard, and we are re-energized because we are compelled to be.
need inspiration, we think about all of the organizations and
programs worldwide that have been able to continue and expand
work to stop violence against women and girls because of grants from V-
Day. (To see the current list of V-Day
beneficiaries, please visit the
?Award Recipients? section of the V-Day web site at
http://www.vday.org/awards.) When we need inspiration, we read the let-
ters that women and girls have sent us and Eve from all over the world
us for V-Day and thanking Eve for the gift of ?The Vagina
Monologues.? There are too many letters to share with you here,
have selected two items that we think will move you whether you read
them today, tomorrow, in a year, or every
day. You may, at times, need
inspiration but please know that you are always ours.
are really very happy to let you know that Saturday 6 April 2002 was
a remarkable day because of the success of the performance
of ?The Va-
gina Monologues? in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
For the first time in the history of Congolese
women, this day was the
happiest day in our lives.
Despite some intimidation from the local authorities, wind,
torrential rain, police insistence that we cancel the performance, we
finally made our dream come true.
Yes, a dream became a reality.
Who among the girls and women of Lubumbashi could believe that one day
Monologues? could be shown in Lubumbashi by women, them-
selves speaking of their body parts? It was taboo.
by a church choir, the hall, which normally holds 150 people,
on the 6th April 2002 was filled with 432 people, young
girls and boys,
men and women who had come from various townships in Lubumbashi. Others
were not fortunate enough
to gain entry to the hall because of the lack
of space. Outside there were 210 people, not counting those who, unable
to find a place in the hall, had left, with great regret, unable to at-
tend this important performance.
morning, as I write this report, I have just received from the
Mayor's Office a summons to appear there on Wednesday 10
April at 9:30
am (local time). I will keep you informed of the results of this sum-
Throngs of people
came to see the performance, firstly because it is
the first time a demonstration of this nature has been organized in
Congo/Zaire and particularly in Lubumbashi and also because entry was
free. As the Government objected to the organization
of this demonstra-
tion and also as it is the first time that such an important demonstra-
tion has taken place, we
decided that entry must be free for everyone.
We experienced a unique event for the first time and we are confident
?The Vagina Monologues? 2003 will be even better than this year's event
and that the "Centre for Hope for Girls and
Women" will make the dif-
Director, Centre for Girls and Women
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic
Irene was subsequently ARRESTED, as was the group of protestors that
had rushed to support her. With the
help of Equality Now, V-Day hired a
lawyer for Irene and the protestors. We are thrilled to report that the
were freed and the mayor had to pay the protestors? damages.
Irene?s case was heard separately and she was equally victorious.
inspirational letter follows:
In the name of my organization and in my personal name I
must to thank
all of you for your support and commitment on my case who started since
6 April, 2002 and now is ends.
Because of your support, I believe many
things will change on behalf of girls and women whom will discover
and liberty. Their freedom will be a fruit of your sup-
When arrived at court, we found a mob of people who
came to hear for
the final sentence. The mob was estimated to be more than 3000 girls,
women and men as well. But
the majority were the girls.
One of the girls said, we are here not hear the sentence but we are
here to learn
our rights and freedom as long as we are concerned and we
must take this opportunity to show that we support our fellow
women since they are supported abroad. The mayor has surprised even his
lawyer while the magistrate asked
him if he have any comment on all
happened since 09 April. The answer from the mayor was: I am not only
to Madam Irene, her team and to the court, but my ex-
cuse goes to all Congolese women and to all women on this earth,
For arbitrary [arrest] he must pay the penalty to the court the equiva-
lence of $617 (six hundred
seventeen US dollars) within 15 days and
must to pay me before the court the amount of $213 ($63 on 1 August,
on 2 September, $50 on 1 October and $50 on 1 November 2002).
Without this he must to be jailed for six months.
that, my lawyer expressed his anxious to see ?The Vagina Mono-
logues? to be held in Lubumbashi the next [time]. After
the court has agreed but the court said two weeks before the perform-
ance, Madam Ndaya must pass at
the secretary court to inform the judi-
cial authorities and if possible to invite one of them at ?The Vagina
practice and to be given an authorization letter for the
first time. It will be after that, ?The Vagina Monologues? will
performed without any other authorization. Because that letter will be
unique letter saying that the court has
agreed and authorization of
The Vagina Monologues, not only in Lubumbashi but in The Democratic
of Congo as a whole.
Some useful contact addresses:
Director, Worldwide Campaign
Administrative Assistant, Worldwide Campaign