Students Holler Against Congo's Sexual Violence

On the 106th anniversary of the Congo's first human rights report, stand in solidarity with Africa's most resilient people

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - This November 4th, 2011, university students across Canada are choosing to Stand Up and Shout about sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for 16 hours straight. Each hour is dedicated to 100 000 of the 1.6 million sexual violence victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To signify their participation, students will also sport blue lipstick.

On November 4th, 1905, The British Congo Reform Association and the Swiss, Italian and Belgium commissions published the first report about the poor living conditions of the Congolese people. More than 100 years later, the Congolese people still face immense problems. On average, it is reported that 4 rapes occur every 5 minutes in the DRC.1

HollerDay 2011 will see students pledging for what they believe in, standing up for what they know is right and choosing to stand in solidarity for all the men, women and children affected by sexual violence in the DRC. Progress is being made in the DRC. On February 4, 20112, the City of Joy was opened, a rehabilitation centre for victims of sexual crimes.

jhr is Canada's largest international media development organization. jhr's goal - to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights - is as unique as it is powerful. Creating rights awareness is the first and most necessary step to ending rights abuses. By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, jhr informs people about human rights and empowers marginalized communities to stand up, speak out, and protect themselves.

1 The Centre for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR)

SOURCE jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)

For further information:
Aileen Doyle, Community Programs Coordinator,  416 413 0240 ext. 201

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